Cranberry Maple Squares + a review of The Mixer Bible: 300 Recipes for Your Stand Mixer

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“The bestselling book on making the most of your stand mixer is back in an expanded edition.”

A stand mixer is perhaps the most useful piece of culinary equipment you can own. And the Kitchen Aid stand mixer is the Rolls Royce of stand mixers. It kneads dough, grinds meat, slices vegetables, whips egg whites, makes ice cream and extraordinary pasta.

This outstanding collection of delicious recipes will inspire you to create everything from appetizers and soups to homemade pasta, sausages and divine baked treats. In an easy-to-understand fashion, “The Mixer Bible” takes you through all the details of how the mixer and its attachments work — giving you all the information you need to maximize the benefits of this amazing machine.

This newly expanded edition features 125 color step-by-step photos which depict and highlight the use of 16 of the authors’ favorite attachments. It’s like having them right in your home kitchen, guiding you all the way!

There’s even an “Understanding the Equipment” section which answers all your stand mixer and attachment questions. The stand mixer really is the quintessential culinary work center, capable of saving you time and money. Not to mention the fact that they look very pretty on your kitchen counter!  (-synopsis of The Mixer Bible:  300 Recipes For Your Stand Mixer)

Cranberry Pecan Squares

This book has a ton of recipes for use of your stand mixer.  Since I normally use my mixer for breads and baked goods, I was happy to find a book that all different types of recipes for using my mixer.  There’s everything from appetizers and soups to main dishes and pasta.  Of course this book also has delicious breads and desserts as well.

The ingredients for all of these recipes as commonly found ingredients in any market.  The instructions are simple to follow and each recipe shows the yield.  Each recipe also tells you which attachments and beaters you need to complete the recipe.

Cranberry Pecan Squares

A few of my favorite recipes from this book are the Thai Beef Meatballs with Peanut Dipping Sauce and Orange Shortcakes.  But the one that I tried that was the best were the Cranberry Maple Squares.  They have a layer of shortbread cookie topped with a custard like filling that is full of cranberries and pecans.  They are sweet and crunchy with just a touch of tartness from the dried cranberries.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Cranberry Maple Squares


  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 2/3 c. cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • !For the Filling:
  • 3/4 c. lightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 c. maple syrup
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/4 c. pecan halves, chopped
  • 1 1/2 c. dried cranberries
  • pinch of salt


  1. Place flour, sugar, butter, baking powder and salt in the mixer bowl. Attach the flat beater and mixer bowl to the mixer. Set to speed 2 and beat until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until dough forms a ball.
  2. On a floured work surface, roll out dough into a 13 x 9 inch rectangle. Carefully fold twice so it is easier to transfer to the prepared pan. Unfold into the pan, pressing evenly into the bottom and 1 inch up the sides.
  3. Prepare the filling: Place brown sugar and butter in clean mixer bowl. Remove the flat beater and attach the whip and mixer bowl to the mixer. Set to speed 4 and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in maple syrup. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until smooth. Remove the mixer bowl. Using a rubber spatula, stir in pecans, cranberries, and salt until evenly incorporated.
  4. Pour filling into dough and spread evenly in the pan. Bake in lower third of preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until pastry is golden and filling is set. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into squares.


Source: Courtesy of The Mixer Bible, Third Edition by Meredith Deeds & Carla Snyder © 2013 Reprinted with publisher permission.

 Cranberry Pecan Squares

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  1. Sounds like a good recipe book to have but I do not have a stand mixer. The Cranberry Pecan Squares looks really yummy and healthy.

  2. I love cranberries and pecans. These squares look great! I just got my very own KitchenAid this past Christmas and totally agree, they look beautiful on the kitchen counter, and also while in use. I have been getting quite a lot of use out of mine.

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