tart, sweet & crunchy 07.05.
Sweet Indulgence: Cranberry Date Pecan Bars
Source: The Candid Appetite
These delicious, and somewhat healthy, bars are packed full of cranberries, nuts and dates. The sweetness from the dates, the tartness from the cranberries and the crunchiness from the nuts work well together to satisfy a variety of cravings.
Begin by toasting your pecans.
Chop your dates, nuts and cranberries.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
Cream together the butter and sugars.
Add the eggs and vanilla.
Add the flour mixture and beat until just combined.
Stir in the chopped cranberries, dates and nuts.
Put batter into prepared pan and smooth the surface. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Overall, these are delicious. The tartness of the cranberries pairs well with the sweetness of the dates, while the pecans add a nice crunchy texture to the bars. I also like how the outside of the bar is crispy while the inside is chewy. I would definitely make these again as written, but would also like to try them again using a different combination of dried fruits and nuts.
Taste: 4 sweet burps out of 5
Level of Difficulty: Very Easy
RECIPE (retrieved from The Candid Appetite)
Cranberry Date Pecan Bars
Taken and adapted from Martha Stewart Living.
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for pan, room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup chopped pitted dates
- 3/4 cup chopped dried cranberries
- 3/4 cup toasted chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit in the bottom of the pan; place it in the pan, then butter the paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until combined. Add flour mixture, and beat until just combined. Stir in dates, cranberries and nuts.
Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake until golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cool completely on a wire rack. Run a knife around edges to loosen, then cut it into bars using a serrated knife. To cut the baked dough into 18 bars, make 3 cuts horizontally and 6 cuts vertically.