Cranberry Date Bars Recipe
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Cranberry Date Bars Recipe

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I first discovered this recipe at Christmas a couple years ago, but it's a great way to use frozen cranberries throughout the year. I help out at the elementary school our three sons attend and am active at our church. It seems I'm always baking a batch of these moist bars for some event. -Bonnie Nieter, Warsaw, Indiana
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 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 1 package (8 ounces) chopped dates
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Place cranberries, dates and water in a saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until berries pop, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
  2. Mix flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt; stir in melted butter. Press half of the mixture into an ungreased 13x9-in. pan. Bake 8 minutes.
  3. Spoon cranberry mixture over crust. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture; pat down gently. Bake until golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. Mix glaze ingredients. Drizzle over top. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Cranberry Date Bars in Taste of Home October/November 1995, p25

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VinFaye User ID: 8129299 214295
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2014

"Way too sweet. Mine did not look attractive like the picture. No way yield would be 36 as stated."

Grandytoon User ID: 7639158 8501
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2014

"These bars are delicious! I questioned adding only 2 T of water, but it was enough. I sprinkled some coconut atop the cranberry date mixture before adding the remaining of the oat mixture. I halved the amount of glaze and it was fine with less sugar."

KitchenQueen60 User ID: 3758584 7627
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012

"My husband loves these! I add about a 1/4 cup orange instead of water to the cranberries and dates. Works great."

happyian User ID: 3536641 6058
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2011

"So good! I've made this many times and it always goes over great!"

madcookingmama User ID: 3886440 10987
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"These have been a hit in our family of seven. Everyone who tastes these asks me for the recipe! The combination of dates and fresh cranberries is just perfect and the topping is amazing!! My kids say their favorite part is the crumble topping which I double when making this recipe. It is also great on cobblers! I have given this recipe out countless times and am often asked to bring this to potlucks--it is a winner!!!"

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 8931
Reviewed May. 5, 2011

"Yummy! My cranberried did not pop after 15 minutes on low, however...had turn up to medium to get the mixture nice & goopy. I baked in an 11x7 pan and they turned out great!

~ Theresa"

ednajotto User ID: 1111426 4484
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2010

"I like the sweet tart mixture of these bars"

jas262 User ID: 3226733 200227
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2009

"Everyone loved these bars. It is sweet. I used 1-1/4 cups brown sugar and cut the recipe for the glaze in half and it was perfect."

DeePA User ID: 1986657 8447
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2008

"Disappointed....much toooo sweet. I also cut down on the glaze but it was still so sweet; it didn't even need the glaze. Don't think I'll make this again."

lwdnort User ID: 1619222 200226
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2008

"I make these for my colleagues at work and they LOVE them. I do cut back on the glaze though."

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