These simple, buttery Sugared Cranberry Shortbread Bars are the perfect holiday treat!
Oh you guys.
I am so excited about this post today. Not only because these buttery, sugary, festive bars are holiday perfect, but because you are getting an easy (EASY!!) and free way make a positive contribution to the childhood hunger epidemic.
Want to know more?
Let me start off by saying that these bars are incredibly simple to whip up — a couple sticks of butter, some sugar, flour, one egg, and some dried cranberries. Easy peasy. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I am an ambassador for Challenge Butter, a company that makes phenomenal butter from California cows NOT treated with rbSTt horomones. Challenge Butter really shines in these bars — good quality, great tasting butter makes a huge difference!
Not only are these bars simple, they are sturdy, so they hold up great for traveling, and the cranberries give them a pretty, festive look. I sprinkled the tops generously with sugar before baking — it gives them a snowy sparkle with a bit of sugary crunch. These are the type of cookie bar that go great with tea — not too sweet.
Now for what I need YOU to do — Challenge Butter and UNICEF have joined forces to address and build awareness of the childhood malnutrition crisis – which results in the unnecessary loss of nearly three million young lives a year . For each recipe pinned from its “Pin a Recipe, Feed a Child” Pinterest board, Challenge will donate a meal to UNICEF to feed a child in need.
Are you following? For every recipe pinned from THIS PINTEREST BOARD, Challenge Butter will donate a meal to Unicef for a child in need. Does it really get any easier?
If you’d like to donate to the cause directly, you can do so HERE.
I know that during the holidays, it seems like we are bombarded with requests to give and donate and help…and sometimes our resources can get stretched a bit thin. This is a wonderful way to contribute without any of your financial resources being exhausted, so I hope you take advantage and share with your friends!
To pin this recipe directly from the “Pin a Recipe, Feed a Child” board, click HERE. It makes it sue easy if you are viewing this on mobile!
And if you’re interested in whipping up a batch of these yummy bars (you should be, they are basically holiday perfection), here’s the simple recipe:
- 1 cup (2 sticks) salted Challenge Butter
- 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
- 1 large egg
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9x13 pan with foil and set aside.
- In the bowl of your mixer, beat Challenge Butter and 1 cup sugar on medium speed for 1 minute, until smooth and fluffy. Beat in egg until blended. Add flour and mix on medium until a smooth dough forms. Fold in cranberries.
- Press dough evenly into prepared pan and sprinkle top with remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until edges are light brown and bars are barely golden. Remove from oven and let cool before removing foil and cutting into squares.
Be sure to check out my friend who are teaming up with Challenge Butter and UNICEF as well! They’re both sharing pretty amazing recipes, so pin away!
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Enjoy and have a great day!
***Sponsored posts make running this website financially possible, and I am SO grateful to have opportunities to team up with brands I love and use in my day to day life. Challenge Butter is one of those companies! I have been compensated for this post, but all thoughts and opinions are 149% my own.