Cranberry-Cherry Pound Cake Bars

Enjoy classic fruit bars in a new way with Gold Medal® all-purpose flour - perfect dessert to be served at brunch.

  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 35 min
  • Servings 24

Crust

3/4
cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2
cup granulated sugar
1/2
teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour

Cake

1/2
cup butter or margarine, softened
1
cup granulated sugar
1/4
teaspoon almond extract
2
eggs
1 2/3
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/4
teaspoon baking powder
1/4
teaspoon baking soda
1/4
cup cranberry juice
1/4
cup whipping cream
1
bag (5 oz) whole dried cherries (about 1 cup)
1
cup sweetened dried cranberries

Glaze

1
cup powdered sugar
2
tablespoons cranberry juice

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. In medium bowl, beat 3/4 cup butter, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and the vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. On low speed, beat in 1 1/2 cups flour until soft dough forms. Press dough in bottom of pan.
  • 2 In large bowl, beat 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup granulated sugar and the almond extract on medium speed until well blended. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until creamy. On low speed, beat in 1 2/3 cups flour, the baking powder and baking soda. Beat in 1/4 cup juice and the cream. Fold in cherries and cranberries. Spread over crust.
  • 3 Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and top is golden brown. Cool completely, about 2 hours.
  • 4 In small bowl, beat glaze ingredients with wire whisk until smooth; drizzle over bars. Let stand about 10 minutes or until glaze is set. Run table knife around edges of bars to loosen. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows, using serrated knife.

Expert Tips

Here’s a wonderful bar to serve midmorning or for brunch with coffee or milk for the holidays!

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
270
(
Calories from Fat
100),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
11g
11%
(Saturated Fat
7g,
7%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
45mg
45%;
Sodium
95mg
95%;
Total Carbohydrate
40g
40%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
26g
26%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.