These Cranberry Walnut Bars are one of our longtime family favorites during the holiday season!
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Everyone attending the party is asked to bring an ornament to exchange and an appetizer or dessert to share. I’m terribly indecisive when choosing an ornament. Is this the year I go bold and sparkly? Or muted and natural? The variety of the ornaments people bring is fun to see, but the creativity of the food upstages even the most beautifully wrapped ornaments. This is seriously delicious eating! Trying to come up with something new and different to contribute to this world-class spread is challenging, but I’m confident that I’ve chosen a slam-dunk winner this year: Cranberry Walnut Bars.
Imagine a pie filled with candied walnuts, tangy cranberries and a shortbread crust, and you have the essence of these bars. They are both rich-looking and rich-tasting, and they look so appetizing when cut into diamond shapes for a buffet. Another reason to love them? These bars can be made ahead of time and keep well for several days on the counter. No more last minute rushing to finish a dish for the party before walking out the door.
Now if only selecting an ornament was this easy…
P.S. Fresh cranberries are all over the grocery store right now, so buy a few extra bags and pop them in the freezer. They freeze beautifully and are the perfect pick me up for baked goods during the winter doldrums.