Recipe By RuthE
Published Sep 25th
Prep 25m Cook 1h Additional 1h 20m Ready In 2h 45m
Servings 18 servings Calories 200.9

Cranberries are one of only three fruits native to North America, so what could be better to help celebrate an authentic Thanksgiving? The dough and jam can be made 3 days ahead and chilled separately. Great for Christmas, too.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 (12 ounce) package fresh or frozen cranberries (not thawed if frozen)
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
  • ⅓ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature - cut into 1-tablespoon chunks

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Bring cranberries, sugar, and water to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring and mashing cranberries, until mixture is very thick, about 15 minutes. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  2. 2 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  3. 3 Pulse flour, rolled oats, pecans, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a food processor 3 times to mix. Add butter and pulse until mixture begins to clump. Firmly press half of dough evenly in bottom of prepared pan. Spread with jam, then sprinkle on remaining dough and gently press into an even layer.
  4. 4 Bake until golden brown, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a rack. Lift foil to remove pastry from pan and cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 200.9
  • Carbohydrate 30.4 g
  • Cholesterol 13.6 mg
  • Fat 8.5 g
  • Fiber 2 g
  • Protein 2.2 g
  • Saturated Fat 3.6 g
  • Sodium 89.2 mg
  • Sugar 17.3 g


  1. These taste great! Easy to make also. They were in the dry side so I will use a little less flour next time but really good flavor. I didn t use the cranberries because I made this after buying cranberry sauce at thanksgiving that no one liked. Crazy people liked the can of jelly type. - Read more ...
  2. Came out delicious!
  3. Didn t enjoy these. Made them for Christmas and only one got eaten. I think whoever ate the one passed the word that they weren t very good. I m an experienced baker and everything else I made (9 different cookies) were gobbled up. I mean they looked pretty but just weren t that good.
  4. Good flavor and easy to make but the crust is way too crumbly.
  5. I'm sad to report that cutting in the butter by hand does not result in a workable product. It tastes good (not great but good) but it's too crumbly bc the butter didn't emulsify into tiny bits. I probably should've melted the butter into the dough when I realized my Cuisinart wasn't big enough. Can't - Read more ...

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