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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


  • 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


  • 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

2 each: 413 calories, 22g fat (10g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 242mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.

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gooch621 User ID: 7069389 67166
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2014

"Good flavor, dry & crumbly crust."

jrolph User ID: 7207941 39456
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2013

"I like to see a picture of what I'm going to make, and this recipe didn't have one. (It may now?) It also only had 3 reviews, only 2 of which gave it a star rating. I had the ingredients available, and dislike any recipe calling for a cake mix, which this one did not. I decided to take the risk and make it for a fellowship potluck at my church.

This recipe is excellent!! Sweet, but not overpoweringly so. I would consider these an "adult" sweet. I will make this again and again.
What I did differently was use a food processor to incorporate the cold butter. It saved a lot of time and energy. I did not use it for the oats because I didn't want them pulverized. I also substituted lemon zest for the orange zest. I don't believe that substitution would make a noticeable difference in the recipe, but I didn't have fresh oranges on hand at the time."

Infosusan User ID: 1480997 30339
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2012

"Wonderfully tart and also forgiving.

I made these bars on the first cool day of fall and they were and instant hit at work. The recipe was forgiving because instead of walnuts (that I was out of) I used cashews and instead of quick cooking oats I used old-fashioned oats and everything turned out fantastic. Next time I make them I might sprinkle some nuts on top of the bars before baking."

lpeters65251 User ID: 4569648 201578
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2010

"I made these for a Super Bowl Party and they were winners. I added a small can of crushed pineapple to the filling and used the pineapple juice instead of water to cook the cranberries and substituted pecans for the walnuts. I also used half brown sugar and half white sugar for the crust. These will be a year round favorite of ours!"

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