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Don’t look now, but I’ve got another cranberry and pecan recipe for you. See, on Sunday, Dale and I had to go to an Eagle Scout ceremony for one of the young men in Dale’s Boy Scout troop. I knew I should bring something for the dessert table and when I looked in the cupboard (don’t I sound like Old Mother Hubbard) I saw more pecans and cranberries. A pie wasn’t suitable for this occasion but I got to thinking that the pie should pretty readily translate into squares. And it did.


Cranberry Pecan Squares

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup corn syrup
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1 cup coarsely chopped cranberries

Crust: combine flour, 1/2 cup sugar and butter until crumbly. Press firmly into 13×9″ cake pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350*F for 15-18 minutes, or until light golden. (I will tell you that I had my doubts about this crust. It looked pretty dry when I patted it into the pan. But it turned out flaky and delicious, I promise.)

Topping: beat eggs, sugar, corn syrup and melted butter together until blended. Stir in pecans and cranberries. Pour evenly over crust. Bake about 40 minutes longer, or until set and golden. Cool completely on wire rack. Cut into bars.

I can’t take credit for creating the recipe, as I cobbled it together from some internet sources but I will brag that these are delicious – better than the pie, even.

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  1. I was thinking about this the other day!! The pie was so good on Thanksgiving, but even better after it had been refrigerated. And I thought that adding cranberries to a pecan square recipe would work well.

  2. As of today I’m not reading your blog again until you stop posting these delicious, fattening recipes. I mean it, Carole.

  3. Oh no! I was craving more pie and I finally was getting over the urge to make another one. (Plus I realized I need to cut back because my clothes are tight.) And now I can make something even better than the pie?! I’m in trouble.

  4. Those have got to rock! I bought a pecan pie after Thanksgiving, on sale from a local bakery, and it reminded me how magical pecans are baked into things… can’t wait to try this. I can’t get the views of Hannah’s sweater to load far enough to reach the comment section, but have to tell you that it turned out just awesome! I have this issue and have added this to my ‘queue’; we actually have a few left at our shop and I had stumbled upon it this weekend thinking, ‘hey, isn’t that the sweater Carole is knitting?’. I am so glad you were a hit with a teen:)

  5. O.M.G. that looks ***fabulous***. Maybe with dried blueberries instead of cranberries? (The doc gave me a list of top ten foods to avoid. Cranberries are #1. Technically I can’t have pecans, but they don’t seem to bother me.)

  6. OMG that pie! So good! Love the square idea. You must be a good cook/baker to be able to tweak and invent like that. Me, I need to follow a recipe.

  7. Mmmmmmmmmmm.

    But do you have to peel the cranberries first?

    (Sorry, couldn’t resist. Go ahead and slap me.)

  8. mmmm! i am SO making these . . i love pecans AND cranberries. and the fact that david doesn’t like the berries will mean all the more for ME!

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