Cranberry Oatmeal Bars: An Easy Dessert Recipe
Hello Darling Cranberry-Lover and welcome to my recipe for Cranberry Oatmeal Bars. Click here to jump down to my recipe. Today’s easy dessert recipe is the perfect use for leftover cranberry sauce, which is why I’m sharing it today for the Make It Mine Cranberry Sauce Day. If you’re a blogger who’d like to participate in our Make It Mine Challenges, head to our Facebook Group and join in.
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I had that kind of perfect kitchen experience last week when working on some recipes for the New York Apple Growers’ RubyFrost apple (which you’ll be seeing in stores everywhere next fall!). I mixed together rosemary, pine nuts, butter and sea salt and spread it on a slice of the tart crisp apple.
Let’s just say I swooned. But more than that, I felt really proud for having come up with such a perfect flavor combination. Nutty, salty, sweet and sour with a crunch and a creamy softness all in one bite.
I bet that’s how my mom felt when she came up with this idea to use cranberry sauce in place of the date puree in Matrimonial Squares (a.k.a. Date Squares). This easy dessert recipe hits so many of those flavor and texture components, sweet, tart, rich, crunchy, soft and chewy. It’s got it all. I wonder if she swooned when she first made it.
The best thing about these cranberry oatmeal bars, besides their taste and ease, is that they’re a great use for leftover cranberry sauce.
So once Thanksgiving rolls past and you find yourself with leftover cranberry sauce don’t fret and wonder what to do with it. Make these oatmeal bars. You’ll love them. So much so that at future Thanksgiving dinners I bet you’ll hide the cranberry sauce at dinner just so you’ll have enough left to make these bars.
But really, no need to hide the sauce from your guests. If you don’t have the amount of cranberry sauce called for in the oatmeal bars recipe below, you can absolutely supplement with jam of any kind. Or open another can of cranberry sauce and combine it with your leftovers since these bars can happily accommodates more filling.
Got leftover cranberry sauce but you’re not in an oatmeal bar kind of mood? Check out this cranberry smoothie recipe that also uses leftover cranberry sauce.
And now for the Cranberry Oatmeal Bars recipe.
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 2 cups flour (2 cups of all-purpose white or 1 cup of all purpose white and 1 cup of whole wheat)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 (14 oz.) can whole berry cranberry sauce or 1 and ½ cups homemade cranberry sauce
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- In a large bowl mix together the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Use your fingers to rub in the butter until everything is moistened and no pieces are bigger than the oats.
- Spoon three-quarters of the oat mixture into a 13″x9″ cake pan. Press down on it firmly to form a firm layer that evenly covers the bottom of the pan. Add the cranberry sauce in dollops and spread it in a thin layer over the oat layer. Sprinkle with the remaining oat mixture.
- Bake for 25-28 minutes or until the top is just starting to turn golden brown. Allow to cool in the pan on a wire rack. Cut into 8 strips along the length of the pan and 3 strips along the width yielding 24 bars.