Published Jun 19th
Prep 30m Cook 40m Additional - Ready In 70m
Servings 1 - 9x13 inch pan Calories 228

A yummy bar that is tart and sweet at the same time. Easy to put together and your home will smell wonderful while they’re baking!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 (12 ounce) package whole cranberries
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the cranberries, white sugar, and water. Cook, stirring occasionally until all of the cranberries have popped, and the mixture is thick, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and set aside to cool.
  2. 2 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. 3 In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, melted butter, and eggs. Stir in the oats, brown sugar, ginger and cinnamon. Set aside about 1 1/2 cups of the mixture, and spread the rest into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Pack down to form a solid crust, getting it as even as possible. Spread the cooled cranberry mixture over the crust. Pinch off pieces of the remaining mixture and place evenly over the cranberry layer.
  4. 4 Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top is lightly browned. Cool in the pan for about 40 minutes before slicing into bars.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 228
  • Carbohydrate 36.1 g
  • Cholesterol 31.2 mg
  • Fat 8.9 g
  • Fiber 1.3 g
  • Protein 2 g
  • Saturated Fat 4.2 g
  • Sodium 190.7 mg
  • Sugar 25 g


  1. I zested 1 orange and used its juice and water to make the 3/4 c for the cranberry sauce, 10 min cooking is fine. After cooking just place pan in sink filled with 3" cold water- it will cool very quickly that way and thicken. To the cake mixture, decreased butter to 2/3 c, 2 - Read more ...
  2. I cooked the cranberries in orange juice and cut back on the sugar a bit. I also cut back on the butter and added some applesauce and allspice. These are yummy, and the kids loved them. I thought the dough would be a little less sticky, and that these would be more cookie-like, but they - Read more ...
  3. a snap to prepare and oh, so good. I love the sweet with the tang of the berry. Used pom juice in place of water. Could not taste the spices in the crust, so added 1/2 tsp. cinnamon to the cran mixture after thickening and still can't taste it but perhaps by tomorrow it will - Read more ...
  4. Very easy and a great way to use up that leftover Thanksgiving cranberry sauce that nobody touched! I ad libbed a little (it is in no way a reflection on the original recipe, it's just what I do...). I added about a cup of ground pecans to the dough. On top of the cranberry layer - Read more ...
  5. Some important tips for this recipe: 1) use the real deal rolled oats, not the instant kind, 2) I used frozen cranberries and dropped the water down to 1/2 cup . . . you absolutely must cook the cranberries down until it's thick in the pan, keep mushing the berries as it cooks down, 3) - Read more ...
  6. Very good and easy too. I didn't have any whole cranberries on hand, so instead of making the craberry filling I actually used canned whole cranberry sauce. It worked just fine. This is a great one to add to your baking gifts for the holidays.
  7. FANTASTIC!!!!! A nice change from the usual chocolate & nut bars. My husband loved these, so will make again. I may try next time with a little orange zest or a touch more cinnamon. The filling is so easy, I may try doing some kind of a cranberry pie/tart with it also.
  8. This is baking in the oven as I write this. You need to drop the topping by small spoonfuls onto the cranberry filling. Then press lightly with your hands before putting in the oven.
  9. This IS a great recipe! I read some of the other reviews, and the trick to getting the bars out of the pan without them turning into a gooey mess is to LET THEM COOL for at LEAST an hour! The cranberry mixture needs to "jell". My husband and kids REALLY loved these...even my picky - Read more ...

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