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Cranberry Pecan Chocolate Shortbread Bars

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  • Cooking time25 min
  • Prep time30 min
  • ServingsPortions 24
recipe image Cranberry Pecan Chocolate Shortbread Bars


  • 3/4 cup Dairy-free Becel® Plant Butter - Unsalted
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chunks
  • 3 tablespoons Violife Original Creamy, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup icing sugar

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)

(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)


  1. Grease a 13x9 inch baking dish. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Using an electric hand mixer, cream Becel® Unsalted Plant Butter and brown sugar in a large bowl.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla and continue to beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  4. In a separate bowl, stir flour, baking powder, salt, ginger and cinnamon together.
  5. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, just until combined.
  6. Stir in ½ cup cranberries (keep ¼ aside for topping), pecans, and chocolate chunks.
  7. Transfer batter to the prepared baking dish. Bake until golden and baked through, about 25 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Meanwhile, make the cream cheese frosting by stirring the Violife Original Creamy with the icing sugar until smooth. Transfer into a piping bag or plastic Ziploc bag. Cut the corner of the Ziploc bag or tip of the piping bag and drizzle over cooled bars. Sprinkle with remaining cranberries.
  9. Cut into 24 portions.
To make these shortbread bars nut-free, omit the pecans and add extra chocolate chunks and cranberries.  To make these shortbread bars vegan, use a vegan egg substitute such as flaxseed egg. For each egg you need to replace, combine 1 tbsp ground flaxseed with 3 tbsp water and let stand for 10 minutes to thicken before adding to your other ingredients.

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