~ 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


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.

About this Recipe

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