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Cranberry Orange Pistachio Bars

Cranberry Orange Pistachio Bars
Recipe Date:
July 16, 2017
Cook Time:
Imperial (US)
  • 3 tbsps unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsps granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsps light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup whole what pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds (optional)
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • pinch of salt
  • zest from one orange (optional)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsps flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/3 cup unsalted pistachios, chopped and toasted

Ingredients 1-8 for the crust: Beat the butter; add sugar and flours. I use the Cuisinart to do this quickly. Press dough into a 8 x 8 inch pan lined with parchment paper. Bake 10-12 minutes at 350. 

The remaining ingredients are for the Topping. 


Blend together all ingredients except the nuts and cranberries with a mixer. Sprinkle cranberries on top of the cooked crust and then pour the batter on top. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup pistachios. Bake 40-45 minutes.

Cool well before cutting into squares. Drizzle with orange frosting if desired. 

Frosting (optional):

confectioner’s sugar and orange juice 




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