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Winning Cranberry Date Bars Recipe

Winning Cranberry Date Bars Recipe

I enjoy making this when the cranberry season arrives. It's very easy to put together, which is perfect for busy moms like me.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:48 servings


  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 package (8 ounces) chopped dates
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1. In a large saucepan, combine cranberries and dates. Cover and cook over low heat for 15 minutes or until berries pop, stirring often. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla; set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir in butter until crumbly. Press half into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 8 minutes. Spoon cranberry mixture over the crust; spread gently. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture; pat down gently.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over bars. Yield: 4 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 bar equals 128 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 67 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.