Cranberry & Caramel Date Bars

The slight hint of tartness from the cranberries in these bars are the perfect compliment to the sweet caramel and dates.

Cranberry & Caramel Date Bars
Cranberry & Caramel Date Bars

PREP TIME

10

minutes

TOTAL TIME

45

minutes

SERVINGS

24

bars

PREP TIME

10

minutes

TOTAL TIME

45

minutes

SERVINGS

24

servings

Ingredients

  • 1

    cup cranberries

  • 1/2

    cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 2 1/3

    cups all-purpose flour

  • 2

    cups oats

  • 1/2

    cup light brown sugar, packed

  • 1/2

    teaspoon baking soda

  • 1

    cup margarine or butter, melted

  • 1 1/2

    cups dates, chopped

  • 3/4

    cup walnuts, toasted and chopped

  • 1

    cup caramel ice cream topping

Directions

Heat oven to 350°F. In a bowl, combine cranberries and 2 tablespoons sugar. In another bowl, combine 2 cups flour, oats, remaining 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar and soda. Add margarine or butter and mix well. Reserve 1 cup crumb mixture; press remainder firmly on bottom of 13x9-inch baking pan. Bake 15 minutes. Sprinkle dates, walnuts and cranberry mixture over crust. Mix caramel topping and remaining 1/3 cup flour; spoon over fruit and walnuts. Top with reserved crumb mixture. Bake 20 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool and cut into bars.

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