Christmas Cranberry Crumble bars easy Christmas recipe from scratch a nice alternative to traditional mince pies or Christmas Cake

Delicious Cranberry Crumble Bars for Christmas

Full of Christmas flavours these Cranberry Crumble Bars are an easy to make Christmas Treat and make a great alternative to traditional mince pies.
Course Cake
Cuisine Christmas
Keyword cake, Cranberry, Crumble Recipe, Tray Bake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 1 tray
Author Cerys Parker


Crumble and Crust

  • 320 g plain flour
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 227 g unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 large egg

Cranberry Filling

  • 1.2 kg fresh cranberries
  • 201 g caster sugar
  • 127.5 g unsweetened applesauce
  • 5 1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • Zest of one large orange
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornflour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cold water
  • 82 g pecan chips


  • Preheat oven to 180C and line a 9x13 inch rectangle baking tray with greaseproof or silicone paper.
  • Using a stand mixer, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder until combined.
  • Add the butter and mix until crumbly.
  • Beat in the egg until combined.
  •  Set aside about 1 Cup of the crust to use for the crumble topping.
  • Press the remaining crust into the baking dish.
  • Set aside.
  • Using a large saucepan, combine half of the cranberries, sugar, applesauce, maple syrup, orange zest, and salt.
  • Place saucepan over medium heat, and bring to a boil.
  • Stir the cranberries.
  • Once cranberries seem soft, reduce the heat to simmer.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the cornflour and water.
  • Pour cornflour mixture into the saucepan and mix until combined.
  • Cook for 2 minutes or until cranberry filling is thick.
  • Mix in the remaining cranberries.
  • Spread the filling onto the crumb base.
  • Sprinkle remaining crust onto the cranberry filling and top with the chopped pecans.
  • Bake in the oven for about 35-40 minutes or until top is a slight golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting into bars!
  • Enjoy!!