Cranberry Caramel Bars

I had bought a bag of fresh cranberries with the intention of making a recipe… but I couldn’t find the recipe! LOL Soooo, I didn’t want them to go to waste. I went over to Alicia’s Recipes and found one for Cranberry Caramel Bars. Perfect! Another blog event post to submit :) So without further delay, here are the deliciously decadent, tastefully rich Cranberry Caramel Bars I made this morning!

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Note: The only problem I had with these was the foil stuck to the sides of these in a few small spots. Just needed to loosen it. The foil was very helpful! I lifted the whole thing out and placed on a cutting board to cut them into individual bars. :)

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Cranberry Caramel Bars

1 cup fresh cranberries
2 tablespoons sugar
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups uncooked regular oats
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 (10-ounce) package chopped dates
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1 (12-ounce) jar caramel sauce

Preheat oven to 350 F and line a 13x9x2 pan with aluminum foil, leaving a little overhang, and you can lift bars out to cut with no problem. (I used regular foil so I doubled it up, otherwise use heavy duty)

Combine 2 tablespoons of sugar in a small bowl with the cranberries and set aside. Combine 2 cups of flour and the next four ingredients. Stir in melted butter until crumbly. Reserve 1 cup of this mixture and set aside. Press remaining mixture into bottom of a lightly greased 13×9 baking dish or pan (I used a piece of wax paper placed over the top to press down the mixture). Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

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Remove from oven and sprinkle with dates, pecans, and the cranberry mixture. Stir the caramel sauce and the remaining 1/3 cup flour together until smooth, spoon over cranberries. Sprinkle with the reserved 1 cup flour mixture. Bake an additional 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Cool on a wire rack. Lift out of pan with foil overhang. Cut into bars, makes approximately 24 (I cut mine larger and got 18).

These bars have a wonderful flavor, a sweet treat with just enough cranberry twang!

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  2. Jude says

    Nice recipe.. It will be easy to convince myself that these are healthy and I won’t feel so guilty about eating a whole sheet pan.

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