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Caramel Cranberry Bars

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Makes

2 dozen

“My mom created this wonderful dessert after tasting something similar,” writes Debbie Kersh in Springtown, Texas. The sweet bars boast a tangy cranberry flavor.

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

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, combine cranberries, dates, pecans and 2 tablespoons sugar; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and remaining 1/2 cup sugar. Stir in butter; set aside 1 cup for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, place the remaining 1/3 cup 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.
  4. Bake until golden brown and bubbly, 30-35 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

1 bar: 254 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 124mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein.

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