Cranberry Squares

So, sorry for the handful of you that follow this blog. I stopped writing for several reasons, but I hope to be back for good. Having a full time job means I don’t leave work till the sun starts setting, so I have NO time to take photos unless it’s the weekend. And I’m not exactly always in the mood to cook a huge dinner for one.

My grandmother started making these delicious squares I think for Christmas years and years ago. I knew they were good, but I didn’t know how easy they were to make. I am no baker, but I haven’t messed them up. There’s still hope for you non bakers out there!


It’s a pretty straightforward recipe. You’re simply beating and stirring in ingredients then baking them till they become one unified, cake like substance.

These used to be an after dinner treat, but I decided to start wrapping them up and taking a square or two for breakfast. They’re great alongside a glass of milk of cup of coffee.


A few things before we get to baking:

  • This dough will be very thick. Some wet fingers to squish it to the sides with a little bit of elbow grease and the dough won’t stand a chance.
  • I added orange juice the first time I made these because I was so worried about the dough being so thick. Doesn’t really help that much but the flavor is spot on. Some orange zest would be great here, too.
  • I’ve actually never used fresh cranberries to make these, but I know my grandmother does. Frozen cranberries are perfectly fine.
  • I typically don’t use pecans because they’re so expensive. They add a nice crunch, but if you don’t have any, worry not. The almond flavor comes right through in each bite.

Cranberry Squares

  • Servings: 16-18 squares
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 butter (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon almond flavoring
  • 1 bag fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/8 cup fresh orange orange juice
  • 2/3 cup pecans (optional)


  1. Using a stand or hand mixer, beat the eggs and sugar for five minutes.
  2. Add butter and beat for another two minutes.
  3. Add flour and mix till just combined. Mix in almond flavoring and orange juice.
  4. Stir in cranberries and pecans.
  5. Spread in 13×9 inch greased and floured pan. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. When a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean, they’re done!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. David Rigney says:

    I know you’re my daughter and I’m obligated to read these, I really enjoy the hell out of them. Keep’em coming. Might want to remind Moner.



    1. Awh thanks, Mom! I’ll try to keep em coming.


  2. Lilly says:

    I tried out this recipe but switched out the cranberries for apples, and they turned out amazing! Thanks for posting!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Lilly,
      I’m so happy you like them and I’m ecstatic that you put your own twist them! Someone told me you hated cranberries…


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