Pumpkin Cranberry Bars

These bars are perfect for the holidays. They’re moist and subtly sweet with the comforting flavors of pumpkin and spice and tangy bites of dried cranberries. They make a great dessert with a scoop of cinnamon ice cream or even toasted with a cup of coffee for breakfast. Think pumpkin bread in bar form…


  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup canola or safflower oil
  • One 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and lightly flour two 9 x 13 inch brownie pans.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl and set aside.
  4. Whisk together the sugar, eggs, and oil in a separate bowl until well blended. Stir in the pumpkin, water and vanilla and mix well.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture and stir just until all the ingredients are moist. Stir in cranberries. Do not over mix.
  6. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared pans and bake 25 – 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of each comes out clean.
  7. Let rest for 10 to 15 minutes before removing from the pans


1 Comment

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One response to “Pumpkin Cranberry Bars

  1. Love the bottom most photo! Also, I love the addition of cranberries. I shall have to try the pumpkin, cranberry combination myself.

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