Holiday Cranberry-Orange Pistachio Bars Recipe

Looking for an easy Holiday Cranberry-Orange Pistachio Bars recipe? Learn how to make Holiday Cranberry-Orange Pistachio Bars using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by almajoly

Makes 16 servings



From EatingWell: December 2006 Bright red cranberries and toasted green pistachios stud these tart-and-tangy bar cookies and make them a colorful addition to any cookie platter. They hold well in both the refrigerator and the freezer so they're an excellent make-ahead option

Recipe Ingredients for Holiday Cranberry-Orange Pistachio Bars

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2/3 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 pinch salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch of salt
1 large egg white
1 large egg
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/4 cup orange juice
2 cups cranberries, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup pistachios, preferably unsalted, chopped and toasted

Recipe Directions for Holiday Cranberry-Orange Pistachio Bars

  1. To prepare crust: Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 350. Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray.

  2. Beat butter, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and brown sugar in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Stir in whole-wheat flour, 1/3 cup all purpose flour and salt until well combined (the mixture will be crumbly). Evenly press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake until just barely golden around the edges, 10 to 12 minutes.

  3. To prepare topping: Combine 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Add egg, egg white, orange zest and juice; stir until blended and smooth.

  4. Sprinkle cranberries over the baked crust. Pour the orange mixture over the cranberries and sprinkle with pistachios.

  5. Bake until golden and set, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack; if possible, chill before cutting into squares.

  6. Serving size: 1 bar

  7. Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

  8. Note: Whole-wheat pastry flour is milled from soft wheat. It contains less gluten than regular whole-wheat flour an helps ensure a tender result in delicate baked goods while providing the nutritional benefits of whole grain.

  9. Tips: To make quick work of chopping cranberries, place whole betties in a food processor and pulse a few times until the berries are coarsely chopped.

  10. To toast pistachios, cook in a small dry skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Categories

Dessert

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 47.5g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
126
Calories from Fat
34
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
3.8g
6%
Saturated Fat
1.6g
8%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
19mg
6%
Sodium
47mg
2%
Potassium
81mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates
21.5g
7%
Dietary Fiber
1.1g
4%
Sugars
13.1g
Protein
2.2g
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 2% Iron 3%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B-
  Good points
  • Low in sodium
  •   Bad points
  • Very high in sugar
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