Cranberry Turtle Bars

Cranberry Turtle Bars

As soon as I saw this recipe, I knew I had to make it. And let me tell you, these bars were gobbled up so fast I only had a chance to eat one of them!

Cranberry Turtle Bars
Source: The Curvy Carrot


For crust:
2 c all-purpose flour
1/2 c packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 and 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

For the topping:
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
1 and 2/3 c granulated sugar
1/4 c light corn syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1 and 1/2 c fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped
1 tsp vanilla
3 c pecans, coarsely chopped

For garnish:
2 oz fine bittersweet chocolate


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet (with sides) with foil, leaving about a 2-inch overhang on the ends, so you can easily lift the foil out of the pan. Grease the edges of the pan (but not the bottom) with butter.

Blend flour, brown sugar and salt in a food processor. Add the butter and pulse until small lumps form. Pour into prepared baking sheet and press firmly to form a crust.

Bake 15 to 17 minutes, until golden and firm to the touch. Remove from oven and cool.

Now, for the topping! Melt butter in a 3-qt saucepan over medium heat. Stir in sugar, corn syrup and salt. Boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally for about 8 minutes until mixture reaches 245 degrees F on a candy thermometer.

Stir in cranberries and continue to boil until mixture reaches 245 degrees again. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and pecans until coated.

Working quickly, pour the topping over the crust and spread in an even layer. While that cools, melt the chocolate and drizzle over the top of the bars. Cool completely.




  1. Anonymous says:

    I have been making these cookies every holiday season for a few years. They are the quintessential Christmas cookie. They are as beautiful as they are delicious! Thanks for posting this recipe.

  2. Looks like my sweet tooth are going to love this

  3. these babies are really making their way around the blogosphere and with good reason! They look delicious.

  4. Melody Fury - says:

    What a stunning holiday recipe! Would you like to submit it to my contest to win a cookbook? Just wanting to share the holiday cheer (and exposure to your blog) Would love for you to win :)

  5. i enjoy your recipes so much,i cook most all of them i look forward to them everyday,thanks so much!my name is tina.

  6. is there a way to print out your recipes?


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