Gooey Chocolate Cranberry Squares Recipe | DFM

Gooey Chocolate Cranberry Squares

PREP TIME

15 min.

COOK TIME

45 min.

Serving Size

24 pieces

One bite of these pleasantly rich bars will have everyone “oohing” and “aahing” and asking for the recipe! They’re great for pot lucks, parties, bake sales and school lunches.

Ingredients

CRUST

  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) Milk

 

TOPPING

  • 1 2/3 cups (400 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (250 mL) of Milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) butter, melted
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla
  • 1 cup (250 mL) dried cranberries

Directions

Crust:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a 13 x 9-inch (3 L) metal baking pan with foil, leaving 2 inches (5 cm) overhang at each end; lightly butter foil.

2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt and butter; using your fingers or a pastry blender, work the butter into the flour until the butter is well blended and the mixture starts to clump. Add milk and stir with a fork until a soft dough forms. Gather handfuls of dough and drop them over the bottom of the prepared pan. With floured fingers, press dough evenly into the bottom of the pan and 1/4 inch (0.5 cm) up sides. Bake for about 15 min or until the edges are golden and the top is firm.

Topping:

1. In another bowl, whisk together sugar, cocoa and flour; gradually whisk in milk. Whisk in eggs, butter and vanilla until blended; stir in dried cranberries. Pour over hot crust, spreading evenly.

2. Bake for about 30 min until the topping is evenly puffed and the center jiggles just slightly when the pan is moved. Let cool completely in pan on rack. Using foil overhang as handles, remove from pan and transfer to cutting board; cut into squares or bars.

 

Recipe and photo are provided by Dairy Farmers of Canada. For more recipe ideas, visit dairygoodness.ca

Tips

  • Tip for Kids: Kids can help prepare the crust – it’s very forgiving so let them get their hands right in to make the dough and pat it into the pan. They can also help whisk the ingredients for the topping.
  • Replace half or all of the cranberries with dried blueberries. After cutting bars, drizzle the top with melted dark and/or white chocolate.