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Cranberry Date Bars

Rich and fruity, these bars let you enjoy cranberries year-round. I've made batches for all kinds of church and social events. -Bonnie Nieter, Warsaw, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 1 package (8 ounces) chopped dates
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-1/3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Place cranberries, dates and water in a saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until berries pop, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
  • Mix flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt; stir in melted butter. Press half of the mixture into an ungreased 13x9-in. pan. Bake 8 minutes.
  • Spoon cranberry mixture over crust. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture; pat down gently. Bake until golden brown, 25-30 minutes longer. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Mix glaze ingredients. Drizzle over top.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 339 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 212mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • gooch621
    May 30, 2020

    Ok, this was amazing! I didn't change anything. We found it to be perfectly balanced between tart and sweet. I'll definitely make these again!!

  • lettuceleaf
    Dec 20, 2019

    Delicious! Next time I’ll add pecans to the crust/topping.

  • cjsausman1959
    Dec 28, 2017

    I started making this recipe 2 yrs ago it is delicious and a huge hit with family and friends

  • 2124arizona
    Jun 23, 2017

    This recipe is perfect for the holiday season. I love the combination of flavors.

  • VinFaye
    Dec 7, 2014

    Way too sweet. Mine did not look attractive like the picture. No way yield would be 36 as stated.

  • Grandytoon
    Jan 28, 2014

    These bars are delicious! I questioned adding only 2 T of water, but it was enough. I sprinkled some coconut atop the cranberry date mixture before adding the remaining of the oat mixture. I halved the amount of glaze and it was fine with less sugar.

  • KitchenQueen60
    Dec 4, 2012

    My husband loves these! I add about a 1/4 cup orange instead of water to the cranberries and dates. Works great.

  • happyian
    Dec 23, 2011

    So good! I've made this many times and it always goes over great!

  • madcookingmama
    Nov 25, 2011

    These have been a hit in our family of seven. Everyone who tastes these asks me for the recipe! The combination of dates and fresh cranberries is just perfect and the topping is amazing!! My kids say their favorite part is the crumble topping which I double when making this recipe. It is also great on cobblers! I have given this recipe out countless times and am often asked to bring this to potlucks--it is a winner!!!

  • lurky27
    May 5, 2011

    Yummy! My cranberried did not pop after 15 minutes on low, however...had turn up to medium to get the mixture nice & goopy. I baked in an 11x7 pan and they turned out great!~ Theresa