Apple Cranberry Walnut Bars



2 1/2 cups finely chopped apples, peeled, tossed with 1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup shortening

1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

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1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon lemon or orange zest

1/8 teaspoon sea or Kosher salt

3/4 cup brown sugar (packed)

1 cup dried cranberries

3/4 cup chopped walnuts (or slivered almonds)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg



Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream the sugar and shortening together for a few minutes, and add the egg and vanilla and mix.

Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt, and gradually add to the creamed mixture; mix well, the dough will be stiff.  Stir in the apples and zest.

Spread batter into a greased 9 X 13 baking pan.

Combine the brown sugar, cranberries, walnuts, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl, and sprinkle evenly over batter.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool and cut into squares.

Makes 12-16 squares.

*Christine’s recipes have been published in the Fresno Bee newspaper, Sunset magazine, Cooking Light magazine, and at


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