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Cranberry Bog Bars

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, Gans, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 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


  • In a large bowl, cream 1 cup butter and 1 cup brown sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. 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.
  • 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° until lightly browned, 25-30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 239 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 88mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • Lenora
    Feb 25, 2020

    There is only one reason why this recipe is horrible! Why didn't you mention that the baking temperature is in Fahrenheits. I'm a newbie baker and I live outside of U.S. For the cooks like me: baking temperature is 190°C.

  • vivianjean2
    Dec 9, 2019

    I love the idea of this bar. Want it be right so that I can give out at Christmas. However, I am having same problem others are having. After generously greasing the pan and letting cool they wouldn’t come out of pan. Had to dig out first row. They fell apart. Second row still difficult to get out of pan. Top of bars crumble and fall off. Too dry on top. Any suggestions? More cranberry sauce? Most brown sugar in topping?

  • angela32
    Oct 24, 2019

    These were amazing! I used regular cranberry sauce not whole berry, but I doubt that changed the recipe much. Very tasty!

  • jamarlar
    Feb 20, 2019

    Ok the first day. After that the bars became too moist

  • manga
    Feb 19, 2019

    As I tried to cut them into squares, they fell apart. They did not hold together, mushy, and too much oatmeal. I don't know how others got them to hold up into bars. I agree with Darylcohen's review. A waste of ingredients for me.

  • 1234545
    Dec 1, 2018

    I am not much of a baker...but these were easy and tasted great...i used two cans of cranberries for the 9x13 pan...i will make them again

  • KristineChayes
    Nov 20, 2018

    I made a double batch of Cranberry Bog Bars for a family gathering. They are very tasty. I used 1-3/4 cans of cranberry sauce for the filling so the bars wouldn't be dry. A good recipe!

  • Chris
    Nov 14, 2018

    I made these Bog Bars for a recent church bakesale......they sold before i got them put on the table......rave go to Holiday Dessert!

  • Darylcohen
    Nov 13, 2018

    Overly sweet, mushy, doesn’t hold together well and expensive ingredients (3 sticks of butter and pecans) for a “bar” I’m throwing out. This recipe is horrible! What a shame.

  • tsuop
    Nov 12, 2018

    I've made these for several years Always a hit. When I take them to Church Brunch I'm always ask for the recipe. YUMMY!!