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Cranberry-Oatmeal Bars

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr, Jan Gautro, Leigh Ann Ross
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24 servings (serving size: 1 square)

These cranberry-oatmeal bar cookies strike a nice flavor balance: not too sweet and not too tart. Be sure to zest the orange before you squeeze the juice.

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 4.5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • Cooking spray
  • Filling:
  • 1 1/3 cups dried cranberries (about 6 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten

Nutrition Information

  • calories 133
  • caloriesfromfat 31 %
  • fat 4.6 g
  • satfat 2.6 g
  • monofat 0.8 g
  • polyfat 0.2 g
  • protein 1.5 g
  • carbohydrate 21.9 g
  • fiber 0.9 g
  • cholesterol 13 mg
  • iron 0.6 mg
  • sodium 67 mg
  • calcium 20 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 325°.

  2. To prepare crust, weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through cinnamon) in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Drizzle butter and juice over flour mixture, stirring until moistened (mixture will be crumbly). Reserve 1/2 cup oat mixture. Press remaining oat mixture into the bottom of an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

  3. To prepare filling, combine cranberries, sour cream, granulated sugar, and remaining ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring well. Spread cranberry mixture over prepared crust; sprinkle reserved oat mixture evenly over filling. Bake at 325° for 40 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

  4. Cherry-Oatmeal Bars: Substitute dried cherries for the dried cranberries and lemon rind for the orange rind in filling.

  5. CALORIES 135 (31% from fat); FAT 6g (sat 6g, mono 8g, poly 2g); PROTEIN 7g; CARB 5g; FIBER 3g; CHOL 13mg; IRON 7mg; SODIUM 68mg; CALC 27mg

  6. Maple-Date-Oatmeal Bars: Substitute chopped pitted dates for the dried cranberries. Omit granulated sugar from filling, and add 2 tablespoons maple syrup and 2 tablespoons brown sugar.

  7. CALORIES 124 (33% from fat); FAT 6g (sat 6g, mono 8g, poly 2g); PROTEIN 7g; CARB 8g; FIBER 1g; CHOL 13mg; IRON 7mg; SODIUM 68mg; CALC 26mg