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Sour Cream Cranberry Bars

A filling made with dried cranberries is layered between a buttery crust and a golden crumb topping in these flavorful bars. They're recommended by Barbara Nowakowski from Mesa, Arizona.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1-1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 cups dried cranberries
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Combine oats and 1-1/2 cups flour; add to the creamed mixture until blended. Set aside 1-1/2 cups for topping.
  • Press remaining crumb mixture into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the cranberries, sour cream, sugar, egg, lemon peel, vanilla and remaining flour. Spread evenly over crust. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 157 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 59mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • snowytrees
    Dec 13, 2015

    I thought these were delicious. Great for the holidays, or any time. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Barbara.

  • martylb
    Apr 11, 2015

    Tasty bars. But the ungreased pan has to be a typo. It took a lot of muscle and prying to get them loose.

  • karen1028
    Dec 12, 2011

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  • Sportbominable
    Apr 19, 2011

    Absolutely delicious! I made these for my kid's school bake sale. They sold them during lunch in school and were "the best seller" according to one of the teachers. All the teachers also raved about them. Make these and you won't regret it!

  • glitterchatter
    Dec 31, 2009

    One of the most requested from my Christmas cookie collection. De-lish!

  • Sprowl
    Jul 8, 2009

    This was a hit with my family.I served then on the holidays.

  • bellanorth
    Jun 1, 2009

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  • bulau
    Apr 25, 2008

    these bars are great!

  • shayleigh
    Mar 31, 2008

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  • Cat804
    Dec 24, 2007

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