Well, recently I was working on more cards for Annie's cookbook and I knew I had to include my MIL's recipe for cranberry bars - that she also often made as blueberry bars. I think it's wonderful to make the blueberry kind for summer and cranberry kind for more of the fall/winter holiday season. Imagine for the July 4th holiday making these "blue"berry bars with their white cream cheese frosting and then topping with some cut up red strawberries and more blueberries. A beautifully patriotic dessert that is DELICIOUS!
I was forgetful when I made these and didn't get photos of it being mixed up in my mixer. But it's quite easy as you just blend the wet ingredients first and then blend in the dry ingredients. It does make a thick batter and I wet my hands a little and press it into the pan with my fingers.
Top with some cream cheese frosting and you have one delicious bar! I wrote the recipe as a cranberry bar as that is the original recipe from my MIL along with her cream cheese frosting. So where it says 2 c. of cranberries just use blueberries instead. For either fruit you can use fresh or frozen, both work beautifully. However, with the blueberries I reduce the sugar to only about 1 cup instead of the 1&1/2 cups with cranberry bars...obviously as blueberries are much sweeter already. When I make for my family I exclude the nuts (they don't like them), however, bringing it for a potluck I include them (I like chopped pecans) as it adds wonderful texture. When I make cranberry bars I even add some chopped pecans to decorate the top of the bars. So good! Here's the recipes: