These cranberry oatmeal bars are made with fresh seasonal cranberries and lots of oatmeal for a delicious treat you can serve or bring to the party.
One of my favorite things about fall is fresh cranberries. I’ve made quite a few cranberry dishes on this blog. Recently my blogging friend Carole from Garden Up Green suggested that I make a cranberry oatmeal cookie.
Since I love cranberries and oatmeal I thought this was a great idea and created this cranberry oatmeal bar.
Here in Pennsylvania, we can usually find fresh cranberries in the grocery store by the beginning of October. They are only around for a short time. Maybe that’s why I always end up making something with them.
Cranberry Oatmeal Bars
This recipe is based on my standard chocolate chip cookie recipe so you could definitely use this same batter to create cookies instead of bars.
I really love the look of the red cranberries in this yummy dessert. And, I didn’t need to cook them with sugar first. However, the cranberries do break down a bit while cooking.
I think these would be great as a breakfast option as well as a snack, treat or dessert.
Also, though I haven’t tried baking this dough in muffin pans or bread loaf pans, I bet they would work.
You could make this with other berries such as blueberries or a combination of raspberries and blackberries.
However, tis the season for cranberries so use them while you can.
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 sticks - 1 cup butter (softened)
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 cups - 12 oz package of fresh cranberries
- 1/2 cup of chopped pecans
- 3 cups of old fashioned oats
- Preheat oven to 350
- Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside
- In a separate bowl cream brown sugar, white sugar, and butter.
- Add eggs one at a time and beat well.
- Next, add vanilla and mix.
- Add 1/2 of the flour mixture to the sugar mixture. Mix well.
- Add the remaining flour mixture and mix well.
- Then add the pecans and cranberries and mix until combined.
- Add the oats and mix well.
- Press dough into a non-stick or sprayed 9 x 13-inch pan.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Let cool for 20 minutes or more before cutting into bars.
You could make cookies with this dough. I would spoon it out evenly on cookie sheets. Bake for 5 minutes at 350 and then flip trays (move bottom to top shelf and top shelf to the bottom) Then bake for 5 minutes more or until the cookies have a nice golden brown look.
Nutrition InformationYield 24 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 283 Total Fat 18g Saturated Fat 10g Trans Fat 1g Unsaturated Fat 7g Cholesterol 56mg Sodium 227mg Carbohydrates 29g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 2g Sugar 17g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 3g