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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 430kcal
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


  • Grease a 9-inch square pan and preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugars and egg until well mixed.
  • Stir in vanilla and sour cream.
  • Gradually stir in flour mixture, then thoroughly mix in cranberries, apples, nuts and chips.
  • Spread mixture evenly in baking pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cranberry Glaze

  • 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.
  • Add cranberries and cook until skins pop and mixture thickens. Berries will melt down a bit during this process.
  • Spread hot topping on baked mixture.
  • Cool and cut into bars.


  • Peel and core apples before chopping 
  • Chop the apples in small pieces because large pieces of apples made the bar more difficult to cut and serve
  • Prepare the cranberry glaze while the bars finish baking and pour the warm glaze over top of warm bars to keep the bars moist
  • Choose your favorite flavor of nuts - we prefer walnuts


Calories: 430kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 173mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg