~ Festive Cranberry Gems ~ Delicious!!

Cassie *


These bars are simply delicious and loaded with filling. They turned out just as I had envisioned. I took aspects of a couple of my favorite recipes and these little gems were born. I just love anything that includes cranberries.

The family & a neighbor gave me a big thumbs up and half the pan is gone. That is what I like to see!


★★★★★ 1 vote
depends how big you cut the bars
15 Min
25 Min


1 - 12 oz
bag - ocean spray cranberries - thawed or frozen as they will be cooked
3/4 c
3 Tbsp
orange marmalade
1 tsp
lemon zest
3 Tbsp


1 1/2 c
each - flour & quick cooking oats
1 c
packed, brown sugar
10 Tbsp
cold butter, cubed
1/2 tsp
each - salt & baking powder

How to Make ~ Festive Cranberry Gems ~ Delicious!!


  • 1In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together the cranberries, sugar, zest, marmalade and water. Bring to a boil and as the cranberries start to pop and cook, smash with a spoon against the inside of pan. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened, stirring often. ( 8 - 10 minutes) Set aside to cool completely.
  • 2Preheat oven to 350 degree F.

    In food processor, add the flour, oats, baking powder, salt, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter. Pulse until combined and butter is completely incorporated. ( This can be done by hand as well. Place ingredients in a bowl and using a pastry blender, work in the butter until mix looks like coarse crumbs. )
  • 3Once cranberries are cool. Place foil into a 9 inch square pan with an overhang. Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray. Spread half the oat mixture into the bottom of pan and pat evenly.
  • 4Spread the cranberry mixture evenly over crust.
  • 5Sprinkle remaining crumbs evenly over the cranberries and press down lightly.
  • 6Bake for 25 minutes or until edges are starting to brown.

    Place on cooling rack and cool completely. Remove from pan using the overhanging foil. Cut into desired sized bars.
  • 7Great for dessert, breakfast or a snack on the run.

    Note: I think these would also be great if adding a few chopped nuts to the topping before adding.

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About ~ Festive Cranberry Gems ~ Delicious!!

Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy