Cranberry Magic Bars are a chewy and easy to make treat that everyone will love! This simple bar has only 8 ingredients and will certainly satisfy your sweet tooth.
These Cranberry Magic Bars are a fun take on the traditional Eagle Brand Magic Bars. They feature chewy dried cranberries and crunchy pecan halves. One bite and they will become your new favorite treat!
These cranberry squares are a great treat to have on hand for special occasions like the holidays. They are also perfect if you need to bring a dessert for a party or potluck. Moreover, Cranberry Magic Bars stay moist for days and are always the hit of the dessert buffet.
Be sure to give these Cranberry Magic Bars a try and see if they are good enough to replace your traditional magic bar recipe!
Cranberry Magic Bars
There is nothing better than a simple and delicious fool-proof dessert recipe. Cranberry Magic bars are also great recipe for any baking skill level, so let the kids help out with this one!
Firstly, spray a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and then line with parchment paper. Leave about a two inch overhang over the top of the pan so you can easily remove the bars.
The bottom layer of the bars is just crushed graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. You can buy crushed graham cracker crumbs in the baking aisle of the grocery store. Otherwise, you can pulse about a sleeve and half of graham crackers in a food processor until they resemble a fine crumb.
Mix melted butter with the graham crumbs and press the mixture into the bottom of the greased pan. I like to use a rubber spatula or clean hands to do this.
Once the grahams are pressed into the bottom of the pan, drizzle the can of sweetened condensed milk over the graham layer. Go slow and try to get the milk over the entire layer of graham; you can use a rubber spatula to help spread if needed.
Secondly, add on the toppings for the bars. Start first with the cranberries.
Then, add on both the white chocolate and milk chocolate chips. Dark chocolate chips would be excellent in this recipe as well.
Lastly, sprinkle on the chopped pecans and sweetened shredded coconut. Use a spatula or clean hands to gently press the toppings into the sweetened condensed milk. This step is optional, but does help the ingredients stick together better.
Bake the cranberry magic bars
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 25-30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Let the bars cool completely before cutting them.
Use the parchment to help get the bars out of then pan. When they are completely cooled, cut into small squares. You can keep this covered in the refrigerator for up to a week.
More Dried Cranberry Recipes
Chewy and sweet dried cranberries are great to cook with. Here are some of my favorite dried cranberry recipes:
Kale Cranberry Feta Salad has a delicious lemon vinaigrette and is a great salad to make ahead.
Cranberry Walnut Banana Bread has a delicious glaze and is perfect for brunch or a midday snack.
White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies are one of my favorite holiday cookies with a fun white chocolate drizzle.
Also, if you are looking for a beautiful cranberry cake to serve for the holidays, Cranberry Orange Spice Cake is so pretty and is perfect for the dessert table.
Squares and Bars for any occasion!
Bars and squares are the perfect treat to bring to any party or just to have on hand for snacking. They freeze great and are easy to transport. Here are some of my favorite squares and bars recipes:
Pineapple Bars have a shortbread crust, creamy pineapple filling, and a delicious glaze over top.
Chocolate Chip Ricotta Cake is a tasty recipe that can be cut up like a bars and stays moist for days!
Blondie Brownie Bars are always a hit with their layers of delicious flavors.
Fruitcake Cookie Bars are a fun and festive way to get those fruitcake flavors!
Caramel Chip Pecan Bars is a great way to get that caramel flavor you love in a tasty bar form.
I hope you love this recipe for Cranberry Magic Bars! Be sure to comment below if you try them. Enjoy!
Cranberry Magic Bars
- 9 x 13 inch baking pan
- 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
- ½ cup butter, melted
- 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 ½ cups sweetened dried cranberries
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 cup pecans, chopped
- 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray and line with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Pour into prepared baking dish and press evenly using a spatula or your hands. Pour the can of sweetened condensed milk evenly over the graham cracker crumbs.
- With your hands, evenly sprinkle on the cranberries, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, pecans, and coconut. Use a spatula to gently press the top down.
- Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on a cooling rack for at least 10 minutes. Then, using the parchment, lift the bars from the baking dish and let cool completely before cutting into bars. You can refrigerate the bars to speed up this process.