Cranberry Bog Bars Recipe
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Cranberry Bog Bars Recipe

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Sweet and chewy, these fun bars combine the flavors of oats, cranberries, brown sugar and pecans. I like to sprinkle the squares with confectioners’ sugar before serving. —Sally Wakefield, Bruceton Mills, West Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups butter, softened, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar, divided
  • 3-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats, divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 161 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 71mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein


  1. In a large bowl, cream 1 cup butter and 1 cup brown sugar until light and fluffy. Combine 2-1/2 cups oats and flour. Gradually add to creamed mixture until crumbly. Press into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Spread with cranberry sauce.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt remaining butter; stir in the pecans and remaining brown sugar and oats. Sprinkle over cranberry sauce. Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Cranberry Bog Bars in Taste of Home October/November 2005, p37

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Reviewed Dec. 17, 2014 Edited Dec. 21, 2014

"added 3/4 cranraisins into flour oatmeal mix. rough chop on pecans. crust was soggy. no flavor even with extras i added."

Reviewed Jun. 24, 2014

"WOW, so much better than I thought they would turn out. Easy to make, very tasty. They do tend to fall apart when picking them up, but maybe that was my batch."

Reviewed Sep. 20, 2013

"loved it, shared recipe many times"

Reviewed Jul. 26, 2013

"Whenever I have to bring bars, I run to this recipe. If you want to make bars that go fast, this is the best choice."

Reviewed Nov. 3, 2012

"Moist, easy, disappeared quickly."

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