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

How to Make Cranberry Date Bars


  • 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!

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About Cranberry Date Bars

Course/Dish: Cookies