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Caramel Cranberry Bars

 Caramel Cranberry Bars
“My mom created this wonderful dessert after tasting something similar,” writes Debbie Kersh in Springtown, Texas. The sweet bars boast a tangy cranberry flavor.
24 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 1 package (8 ounces) chopped dates
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup caramel ice cream topping

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the cranberries, dates, pecans and 2
  • tablespoons sugar; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda
  • and remaining sugar. Stir in butter; set aside 1 cup for topping.
  • Press remaining crumb mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking
  • dish. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, place the remaining flour in a small bowl. Stir in caramel
  • topping until smooth; set aside. Sprinkle cranberry mixture over
  • crust; drizzle with caramel mixture. Sprinkle with reserved crumb
  • mixture.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Cool on a
  • wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.

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