Cranberry Snowdrift Bars


Nonstick cooking spray
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into pieces
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


Coat an 8-inch-square pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

Whisk flour, cocoa, and salt together in a bowl to aerate and combine; set aside.

Place butter in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat with a flat paddle on medium-high speed until creamy, about 3 minutes. Add sugar gradually and continue beating on high speed until light and fluffy, scraping down the bowl once or twice. Beat in vanilla extract.

Turn the machine off, add about one-third of the flour mixture, then beat at low speed. Gradually add the remaining flour, mixing just until blended, scraping down the bowl once or twice. Pat crust into an even layer in the prepared pan. Refrigerate 30 minutes or overnight, if desired.

To bake crust, preheat oven to 350°. Bake about 40 minutes, or until completely dry to the touch; the edges might be slightly darker than the center. Place the pan on a rack to cool, about 5 minutes.



20 bars

Preparation Time

30 Minutes

Total Time

140 Minutes

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