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Cranberry Bars Recipe

"I keep cranberries in my freezer all year so I can make these bars whenever I get a craving for their tart cranberry flavor," shares Betty Noga, Milwaukie, Oregon.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:15 servings

Ingredients

  • FILLING:
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • CRUST:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups cold butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats

Directions

  • 1. In a saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil. Add cranberries and cook until they pop, about 4-6 minutes. Add orange juice, orange peel, butter, cinnamon and salt. Cook 5 minutes longer or until mixture thickens. Remove from the heat; stir in walnuts and set aside.
  • 2. For crust, combine the flour and salt in a bowl; cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Add sugar and oats; mix well. Spoon half into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan; pat firmly into pan. Spread filling evenly over crust. Top with remaining crumb mixture; pat lightly.
  • 3. Bake at 400° for 30-35 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 413 calories, 22 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 43 mg cholesterol, 242 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 6 g protein.