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~ festive cranberry gems ~ delicious!!

★★★★★ 1
a recipe by
Cassie *
Somewhere, PA

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! Enjoy!

★★★★★ 1
serves depends how big you cut the bars
prep time 15 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For ~ festive cranberry gems ~ delicious!!

  • 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
  • pinch

How To Make ~ festive cranberry gems ~ delicious!!

  • 1
    In 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.
  • 2
    Preheat 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. )
  • 3
    Once 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.
  • 4
    Spread the cranberry mixture evenly over crust.
  • 5
    Sprinkle remaining crumbs evenly over the cranberries and press down lightly.
  • 6
    Bake 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.
  • 7
    Great 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.