Cranberry Turtle Bars for Amy’s Virtual Baby Shower

Do you guys remember Amy from Sing for Your Supper? She made these tasty looking Lemon Blueberry Buttermilk Scones for Friday Favs back in April. Well today, I’m excited to say that I am participating in her Virtual Baby Shower!

When Kelsey from Apple A Day emailed a group of bloggers about participating, I was excited to join in! I love the idea of virtual showers. It’s so much fun to be a part of a party online for someone who you’ve never actually met.

These bars are actually from Apple A Day. I didn’t plan it that way, but I guess I’m just having some weird deja-vu situations going on this week. I wanted to make something sweet since Amy is having a sweet baby girl. And I wanted something festive since I can’t get enough of the fall flavors.

I love making homemade caramel and just don’t do it often enough. These bars were really unique and delicious. Hubby took them to work and they got rave reviews. The combination of caramel, cranberries, pecans, chocolate, and shortbread is pretty freaking amazing. You should think about making these for the next holiday dinner, potluck, or shower that you’re invited to! Check out Kelsey’s blog for the recap of what everyone else made.

One Year Ago: Caramelized Butternut Squash and Spicy Butternut Sqaush, Goat Cheese and Lentil Salad
Two Years Ago: Apple Cranberry Cake-Pie
Three Years Ago: Pie Crust

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Cranberry Turtle Bars

Yield: 30 bars

Ingredients:

For the base
2 cups flour
1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup or 12 Tbsp) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

For the topping
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1 (12 oz) bag frozen cranberries (not thawed)
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups pecans, toasted and chopped
2 oz bittersweet chocolate

Directions:

First, chop the pecans and toast on the stovetop or in the oven. Set aside and allow to cool.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13-inch baking pan with foil, leaving a two-inch overhang on all sides. Butter or spray the sides (but not the bottom) of the foil with baking spray.

To make the base, blend flour, brown sugar, and salt in a food processor, then add butter and pulse until mixture forms pea-sized lumps. Pour into prepared pan, then press down firmly all over with a metal spatula to form an even layer.

Bake in middle of oven until golden and firm to the touch, 15 to 17 minutes, then cool in pan on a rack.

While base is cooling, melt butter in a 3-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat and stir in sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Boil over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until caramel registers 245 degrees Farenheit on a candy thermometer, about eight minutes.

Carefully stir in cranberries. At this point the caramel will seize. Allow the caramel to melt back down, stirring, as necessary, to prevent burning. Boil until caramel returns to 245 degrees Farenheit.

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, then stir in pecans until well coated.

Working quickly, spread caramel topping over base, using a fork to distribute nuts and berries evenly. Cool completely.

Lift bars in foil from pan and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into six vertical strips, then five horizontal strips to form 30 bars.

Melt chocolate in top of a double boiler, stirring until smooth. Alternately, melt in the microwave, stopping to stir every 20 seconds.

Transfer chocolate to piping bag or small heavy-duty sealable plastic bag. If using a sealable plastic bag, seal top and snip off a tiny piece of one corner to form a hole. Pipe chocolate decoratively over bars. Let stand at room temperature until chocolate sets, about one hour.

Recipe from Apple A Day, originally from Epicurious.com

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12 Responses to “Crockpot Cranberry Pork Roast”

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    Rachel — November 17, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    this sounds really good-will be trying this!

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    Kerstin — November 17, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    This looks so tasty and easy to make! I need to get a crockpot.

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    Megan — November 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    I made that recipe last week – and everyone loved it! I only wish I’d gotten pictures…..

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    oneordinaryday — November 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    This looks wonderful. Bookmarking right now! Thanks!

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    Ingrid — November 18, 2009 at 3:26 am

    Oh, boy this looks wonderful! I love slow cooker recipes like this. What side did you serve with it? Just veggies?
    ~ingrid

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    Kat — November 18, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Both your cranberry recipes look great. I am hoping Santa brings me a new crockpot for Christmas as my previous one was nuclear. This recipe looks so easy. I am not a pie fan so am thinking the cranberry apple dessert would be nice for hubby and I for Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing!

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    Jen — November 18, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Yep just some steamed veggies.

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    Kasey — November 23, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    I made this over the weekend and it was delicious! Thanks for the posting!

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    Krystal — November 24, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    I finally made this recipe after having it bookmarked forever. Thanks to Kelsey for reminding me about it – it was soooo good and it definitely hit the spot!!! Thanks Jen!

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    Amanda Pronko — December 22, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    I make this every year for Christmas dinner 😀 We always go out for a fancy Christmas Eve dinner, and then we have a huge fancy Christmas Breakfast… by the time Christmas dinner comes around we are wiped out and not really in the mood to cook. This recipe is perfect because I can throw it all in the crock pot on Christmas Eve morning and pop in in the fridge. Then on Christmas day I put it on low and put wild rice in the rice cooker. My family always looks forward to it and we just love how delicious it is. I really wanted to let you know that this has been a tradition for us for about 3-4 years!! Thanks so much and Merry Christmas!!

    • beantownbaker — December 26th, 2013 @ 11:06 am

      I love hearing stories like this! Family traditions are so heart warming during the holidays 🙂

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    Liz — January 25, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Nice recipe – Thank you. I love slow cooker recipes. Have a Happy Weekend!

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