Recipe By Inger
Published Jun 19th
Prep 15m Cook 15m Additional 15m Ready In 45m
Servings 16 bars Calories 242.6

These little bars are great to snack on, are perfect at holiday time, and would be excellent for a cookie exchange. If you have leftover dough after forming the bars, don’t worry, I find that the thinner the crust, the better.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup butter

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 In a small saucepan over medium high heat, combine the cranberries, white sugar and orange zest. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook until the mixture has reduced to about 1 cup.
  2. 2 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x9 inch baking pan, line with foil, then grease the foil.
  3. 3 In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in the butter using your hands or a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press half of this mixture firmly into the prepared pan. Spread the cranberry sauce evenly over the base, then crumble the remaining oat mixture over the top.
  4. 4 Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top is golden brown. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 242.6
  • Carbohydrate 38.6 g
  • Cholesterol 22.9 mg
  • Fat 9.3 g
  • Fiber 1.7 g
  • Protein 2.4 g
  • Saturated Fat 5.6 g
  • Sodium 161.2 mg
  • Sugar 23.3 g


  1. This recipe is GREAT! I work at a coffee shop and we order cranberry walnut bars from somewhere else. I tried them and wanted to find a recipe so that I could make them at home. This recipe looked like it was the closest match so I tested it out. I added about 1/2 a - Read more ...
  2. I have made this recipe twice. First I made it with the changes suggested by some readers: 1 cup unsweetened applesauce 3 cups cranberries 1 cup sugar and a 9 X 13 pan. But the applesauce diluted the intense cranberry flavor and the crust wasn't substantial enough (the bars were too flimsy). So the second - Read more ...
  3. This was good, but the proportions are way off. Next time I would double the cranberry mixture.
  4. I carefully followed the instructions for the crust though I was leery of the amounts. Even though I increased the amount of butter called for to 1 cup the crust was very dry and it tasted "floury". AND what is the baking powder for? There are no ingredients to activate its leavening action so it - Read more ...
  5. These are dangerously delicious. I make them in a 9 x 13 pan, increasing the amount of filling by adding unsweetened applesauce to the cranberry mixture. I use whole wheat flour.
  6. I doubled this for a 9x13" pan, with a few modifications to the filling only. Instead of doubling the cranberries, I added the directed 2 cups of cranberries, then I added 2 cups of peeled, chopped, apple and cooked till tender and reduced. Then I added 1/4 cup of apple juice with 1 Tbsp. cornstarch - Read more ...
  7. I've made thi recipe for my husband's lunches for the last three weeks. The first week was with the cranberries. Last week I used blueberries. This week it is raspberries with a few cranberries thrown in. He loves them! I think I have figured out the problem with the left over dry ingredients. Usually I - Read more ...
  8. Really yummy! I only had a 9 x 13 pan so I increased all of the ingredients by 1.5 and baked about 25 minutes. I then broiled for just about 2 minutes to give it an extra crispness. I substituted lemon zest for orange zest and added just a dash of lemon juice to the - Read more ...
  9. This bar has everything a person wants in a desserty bar. Crunchy Tart Chewy Sweet! All rolled up in one delicious bar! If you like cranberry treats then this one is for you! I made it in a 9x13 instead of a 9x9(didn't own one). And increased the cranberries to 2 cups and increased the - Read more ...

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