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.
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.
The berry sauce gets spread evenly over the top of the crust.
Buttery, oat infused crumbs get sprinkled over that. And…
… 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.