Yummy Cranberry Crumble Bars for Christmas Treats

Looking for a delicious dessert or cake for Christmas then this fresh cranberry crumble bar is it. With a tasty cake base and delicious crumble topping these are so nice to enjoy as an alternative to Christmas cake, mine pies or Christmas pudding this year. So here you go Mom’s favorite Cranberry Crumble Cake Bars.

pinterest image for cranberry cake bars with a nutty crumble topping

If you love cranberry’s you may want to try these fresh cranberry muffins with pecans they are delicious and so perfect for Christmas morning muffin.

Cranberry Crumble Bar

Our favourite dessert is a crumble so adding a crumble to cakes and bars I know will always go down well with the family.

Cranberry cake bars on a wooden chopping board with Christmas foliage behind

As I also have 2 kids that love the sourness of Cranberry this was sure to be a hit and it’s not difficult to make either which of course is a real bonus especially in the lead up to Christmas when life can get very busy.

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Yield: 10 bars

Cranberry Crumble Bar Tray Bake

stack of cranberry filled cake bars with a crumble top on a wooden chopping board with pecan pieces around them

Full of Christmas flavours these Cranberry Crumble Bars are an easy to make Christmas Treat and make a great alternative to traditional mince pies.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


Crumble and Crust

  • 320 g plain flour
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 227 g unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 large egg

Cranberry Filling

  • 1.2 kg fresh cranberries
  • 201 g caster sugar
  • 127.5 g unsweetened applesauce
  • 5 1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • Zest of one large orange
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornflour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cold water
  • 82 g pecan chips


  1. Preheat oven to 180C and line a 9x13 inch rectangle baking tray with greaseproof or silicone paper.
  2. Using a stand mixer, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder until combined. Add the butter and mix until crumbly.
  3. Beat in the egg until combined.
  4. Set aside about 1 Cup of the crust to use for the crumble topping.
  5. Press the remaining crust into the baking dish.
  6. Set aside.
  7. Using a large saucepan, combine half of the cranberries, sugar, applesauce, maple syrup, orange zest, and salt.
  8. Place saucepan over medium heat, and bring to a boil. Stir the cranberries.
  9. Once cranberries seem soft, reduce the heat to simmer.
  10. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornflour and water. Pour cornflour mixture into the saucepan and mix until combined. Cook for 2 minutes or until cranberry filling is thick.
  11. Mix in the remaining cranberries.
  12. Spread the filling onto the crumb base.
  13. Sprinkle remaining crust onto the cranberry filling and top with the chopped pecans.
  14. Bake in the oven for about 35-40 minutes or until top is a slight golden brown.
  15. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting into bars! Cranberry cake bars on a wooden chopping board with Christmas foliage behind
  16. Enjoy!!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 573Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 241mgCarbohydrates: 83gFiber: 7gSugar: 45gProtein: 6g

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