Cranberry Crumb Bars

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Bags of cranberries have made their way to the produce section of our local grocery store. You know what that means, it’s cranberry time!

Last night, I made a batch of whole-berry cranberry sauce to go along with dinner. Today, I used what was left over for these scrumptious crumb bars. I love the simplicity of crumb bars,easy to assemble and packed with flavor.

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You probably have all the ingredients for these bars in your kitchen right now.

After mixing the dry ingredients and incorporating the butter into that mix, you’ll have yourself a crumbly dough. The dough will be your crust and your crumble.

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The berry sauce gets spread evenly over the top of the crust.

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Buttery, oat infused crumbs get sprinkled over that. And…

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… after some time in a hot oven, you will have yourself a treat that can be enjoyed anytime.


Cranberry Crumb Bars

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 3/4 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce

Whole-berry Cranberry Sauce

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries, picked over for freshness
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix well. Using your fingers, incorporate the butter into oat mixture until crumbly. Pour about 3/4 of the mixture into an 8×8 baking dish and press down to form a crust. Pour cranberry sauce over crust and sprinkle the remaining oat mixture on top. Bake for 25-30 minutes until light brown. Let cool on a wire rack and cut into bars.


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