Minnesota decided to dump our first snow of the season last night. About 2 inches—how did I know we definitely would have a white Christmas? As long as the temps don’t dip to –30 like last winter, I can deal.
Did you enter my holiday photo contest yet?! The box of goodies is getting bigger—I can’t wait to give it away. I wish I could give all of you gifts =)
First matter of business—if you’re looking for some holiday-themed treats to bake up this year, check out my favorites that I made last year:
Top 10 of 2008
Those were the top 10 I picked last year and this year my top 10 will be unveiled starting December 15th—get excited!
Also my gift guide (last years is still here) & holiday tips will be crammed in somewhere as well! :-)
Why do grocery stores around here not have fresh cranberries?? I went on a wild goose chase all over town trying to find some for these bars, and at my last stop I found them! If you like tart berries paired with a sweet pound cake, this fits the bill! However, it didn’t photograph well at all. “Santa please bring me a fancy shmancy camera—thanks!”
Cranberry-Cherry Pound Cake Bars
Makes 2 dozen bars
- 3/4 c butter or margarine, softened
- 1/2 c granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 all-purpose flour
- 1/2 c butter or margarine, softened
- 1 c granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- 2 eggs
- 1 2/3 c all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 c cranberry juice (I used light)
- 1/4 c whipping cream
- 1 bag (5 oz) dried cherries (1 cup)
- 1 c sweetened dried cranberries
- 1 c powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp cranberry juice
- Heat oven to 350 F. Lightly spray 9 x 13’ pan with cooking spray. In medium bowl beat all crust ingredients with electric mixer on medium until well blended. Press evenly into the bottom of the pan.
- In large bowl, beat 1/2 c butter, 1 c granulated sugar, and almond extract on medium until well blended. Beat in eggs until creamy. On low speed, beat in 1 2/3 c flour, the baking powder and soda, the cranberry juice, and cream. Fold in cranberries and cherries. Spread over crust.
- Bake 45-50 min until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.
- Beat glaze ingredients with wire whisk until smooth—drizzle over bars.
- Cut into 6 rows by 4 rows and serve.
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