Favorite Holiday Party Recipe

Tis the season for holiday parties, festive treats, and delicious appetizers. I have a couple of go-to recipes for seasonal parties, but one of my new favorites are these cranberry bars that I made for Thanksgiving this year. 


While making them at my mom's house on Thanksgiving, we talked about how easy it would be to customize the recipe with other ingredients to make different variations of them! Plus, the ingredient list is so short and the prep is so easy -- definitely something I look for while baking around the holidays! 

This original recipe can by found here.

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temp
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 TBSP vanilla extract
2 cups of flour
1.5 cups of fresh cranberries, rinsed and patted dry

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together the butter and sugar, then ad in the salt and vanilla extract. Gently mix in the flour until everything is mixed together. Line a 9x9 inch pan with parchment paper and lightly pat 2/3 of the dough into the bottom of the pan. Spread the fresh cranberries all over the dough and then use the remaining dough to use as a crumbly cover over the cranberries.

Bake for 35-50 minutes until the edges are golden brown; let cool on a rack before slicing and serving. These bars also freeze really well if you want to make them ahead of time! 

Some of the variations that I think would be great in this recipe are below:

Add in white chocolate chips in addition to the cranberries

Omit cranberries and make a mixture of pumpkin puree, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice. The swirl in a mixture of cream cheese, milk, and powdered sugar.

Add diced apples mixed with cinnamon and sugar


PS I'm linking up with Shay, Sarah, and Victoria today! 

What's your go-to holiday party recipe?
Do you like cranberries?