close up picture of cranberry apple bar on a white plate

Cran-Apple Spice Bars

Fresh cranberries and apples mixed with nuts and peanut butter chips make an amazing spice bar that we can't quit thinking about! Cran-Apple Spice Bars are a new favorite holiday dessert for our family!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cranberry Bars
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 9 people
Calories 430 kcal
Author Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup apples peeled, pared and chopped
  • 1/2 cup nuts chopped
  • 1 cup peanut butter baking chips

Cranberry Glaze

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries


  1. Grease a 9-inch square pan and preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; set aside.

  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugars and egg until well mixed.

  4. Stir in vanilla and sour cream.

  5. Gradually stir in flour mixture, then thoroughly mix in cranberries, apples, nuts and chips.

  6. Spread mixture evenly in baking pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cranberry Glaze

  1. When baking is almost complete, combine 1/2 cup sugar and water in a saucepan. Stir to dissolve sugar. Bring to boil over medium-high heat.

  2. Add cranberries and cook until skins pop and mixture thickens. Berries will melt down a bit during this process.

  3. Spread hot topping on baked mixture.

  4. Cool and cut into bars.

Recipe Notes