Cranberry Squares

I have made this recipe annually since the early 1970s.

Ingredients for Base:

1½ cups all-purpose flour

½ cup packed brown sugar

½ cup butter 

A pinch salt

Method for Base:

Mix the above ingredients until crumbly

Press into an 8” by 8” pan; try using a folding-sided silicone pan 

Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes

Ingredients for Filling:

2 eggs beaten

1 cup granulated sugar

¼ teaspoon sal1

⅓ cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ cup raisins

½ cup coconut

¾ cup jellied whole cranberry sauce, drained slightly

Method for Filling:

Beat eggs in a medium-sized bowl. 

Add sugar, salt, flour, baking powder, raisins, coconut, and cranberries. 

Spread the mixture evenly over the base. 

Place the pan in the oven and bake at 350°F for 25 minutes.


When the square has cooled, ice with the following.

1½ cups icing sugar

3 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons of water

½ teaspoon of vanilla

Mix butter, sugar, vanilla and water until icing is a nice spreading consistency. Add more water if needed. 

Comments (2)

  • Maureen Haddock January 17, 2024 at 05:52 am

    I buy my folding-sided baking pans from Lee Valley at Christmas. As much as I love my folding pans, I made this recipe for years using parchment paper to line a regular pan. The square was reasonably easy to lift from the pan.

  • Sherry Pultz January 16, 2024 at 10:49 pm

    Picked up a copy of Winter Saskatoon Home this morning at Smitty's and read your article first thing, as usual. May I ask you where you got your folding sides silicone pans from?? I've checked the Amazon and the internet but can't find anything at all there. Looking forward to making your cranberry squares. Appreciate your attractive magazine format.

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