Cranberry Crumb Bars Are the Showstopping Holiday Treat Everyone Will Love
One of the best things about the holiday season is the different variations of festive sweets and treats. This year, I’m really excited to flex my freshly sharpened baking skills and bust out something unique to impress my family with. While doing some research to find the perfect recipe, I had to keep in mind that since my family lives in another state, whatever I made needed to be able to be stored for at least a week without losing its freshness.
During the research process, I eventually stumbled upon Sarah Fennel of Broma Bakery and her recipe for White Chocolate Cranberry Crumb Bars. It was then that I immediately knew I’d struck gold. The popular food blogger and photographer has a knack for whipping up all the best food nostalgia and I believe this one will be an instant classic.
Start off by preheating your oven to 350°F and line a 9×9-inch pan with parchment paper. In a large bowl, stir together oats, flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt until well combined. Next, add cubes of butter and using either your hands or a pastry cutter, rub the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture starts to resemble wet sand.
Then, make a hole in the center of the dry ingredients and add in the egg and milk. Using a fork, beat the egg and milk together, before stirring everything together until forming a ball of dough. When ready, take about 2/3 of the mixture and press it into an even layer in your previously prepared pan and set aside.
For the cranberry layer, add fresh cranberries, sugar, flour, vanilla extract, orange zest, and a pinch of salt to a large bowl and toss until combined. Next, grab your pan with the crust layer and spread the cranberry mixture on top, patting it in evenly. Sprinkle the remaining 1/3 of the crust over the cranberry layer (also gently patting it in), baking for 30-40 minutes or until the crust has puffed up and becomes golden brown around the edges. Likewise, the cranberries should be bubbling. Allow the pan to cool completely, then drizzle the melted white chocolate over the top before serving!
The cherry on top? These delicious crumb bars can be stored in an airtight container for up to seven days at room temperature or two weeks in the fridge! A true win-win for me (and probably you, too)!