Cranberry Date Bars

Sandy Young


My friend Susan, in Albuquerque, gave me this recipe. Her sister, Robin, gave it to her, and through a little research, I have found that it came originally from Taste of Home. I should have known that immediately! Love those recipes from TOH!


★★★★★ 2 votes
35 Min


12 oz. bag fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
8 oz. pkg. chopped dates
2 Tbsp
1 tsp
vanilla extract
2 c
all-purpose flour
2 c
old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 c
brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 tsp
baking soda
1/2 tsp
1 c
butter or margarine, melted


2 c
sifted confectioners' sugar
2 - 3 Tbsp
orange juice
1 tsp
vanilla extract


1In a saucepan, over low heat, simmer cranberries, dates, and water for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries have popped. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and set aside.
2In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Stir in butter until well blended.
3Pat half the oat mixture into an ungreased 13"x9"x2" baking pan. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes. Spoon cranberry mixture over crust. Sprinkle with the remaining oat mixture. Pat gently.
4Bake at 350 for 25 - 30 minutes or until browned. Cool.
5Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over bars. Yield: 3 dozen bars.
6You might want sometimes to serve bar cookies with ice cream. Not so with these! They're so yummy by themselves that nothing else is needed except, maybe, a good cup of coffee.
7Susan uses only half the glaze recipe, but I LOVE confectioners' sugar, so I use all of it!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies