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Friday, October 13, 2006

Today's Recipe

If I had to pick something other than pumpkin pie, pumpkin bars, pumpkin bread......as a favorite baked good the following recipe would be it. These cranberry bars are so good that sometimes we don't even get the frosting on them before the pan is half gone.

Cranberry Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
2 beaten eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups cranberries, whole or sliced
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Cream together the sugar and butter; add beaten eggs and stir well. Add vanilla and dry ingredients. Mix in nuts and cranberries. If using frozen cranberries and butter the batter will be very stiff and hard to spread in the pan, but will work out great. I always use that combo. Bake in a greased 9x13 pan at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until top is lightly golden and looks set. Let cool completely (in hiding).

Cream Cheese Frosting
4 oz. soft cream cheese
1/4 cup soft butter
1 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar

Beat cheese and butter, add vanilla and milk. Gradually mix in sugar. Spread over cooled cranberry bars.