Cranberry Oatmeal Bars

This is your basic crumble or oatmeal bar base, with cranberry sauce or jelly in the middle. I am rather proud of myself and used  my own homemade highbush cranberry jelly from the fall and it was fantastic!

That could be that I was just happy to use something I made myself, doesn’t it almost always taste better?

This would be amazing with more jelly in the middle and then served as a “crumble” instead of a square, with vanilla ice cream on top. Warm from the oven and delicious ice cream….yes please!

 

Ingredients Needed:

1 1/2 cups of quick oats
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 cup of packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup of butter

one 14 oz (398 ml) can of cranberry sauce
or 1 2/3 cups of your own cranberry sauce/jelly

This was a Sunday morning baking project so of course, there are little pajama clad children “helping” me bake.

Which was more making a mess but they sure were proud of themselves and I love to get them involved.

Here they are mixing the first 4 ingredients.

Once the kids are done “helping”, take the butter and cut it in, until it’s perfectly crumbly. I find that rubbing it between your palms lightly works so well.

Firmly press 2/3 of the mix into a greased 9×9 pan.

Once the bottom layer is done, pour the cranberry sauce, or jelly, on top.

If you are making more of a crumble, add another cup of filling. This is my homemade jelly so it’s very clear and has no crushed berries in it.

It tasted fantastic. I would love to try making my own cranberry sauce and making a crumble out of this.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes until it’s a lovely brown like below.

Cool this completely and then slice into 25 squares. It is crumbly but if you are patient and cool it for a long time, they hold together.

Yum.

Just yum.

Cranberry Oatmeal Bars
Delish bars made with local wild cranberries, A perfect Fall recipe.
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Recipe type: dessert,bars
Serves: 8
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Ingredients
  • 1½ cups of quick oats
  • 1½ cups of flour
  • 1 cup of packed brown sugar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup of butter
  • one 14 oz (398 ml) can of cranberry sauce
  • or 1⅔ cups of your own cranberry sauce/jelly
Instructions
  1. Mix the first 4 ingredients together, then take the butter and cut it in, until it’s perfectly crumbly. I find that rubbing it between your palms lightly works so well.
  2. Firmly press ⅔ of the mix into a greased 9×9 pan.
  3. Once the bottom layer is done, pour the cranberry sauce, or jelly, on top.
  4. If you are making more of a crumble, add another cup of filling. This is my homemade jelly so it’s very clear and has no crushed berries in it.
  5. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes until it’s a lovely brown like below.
  6. Cool this completely and then slice into 25 squares. It is crumbly but if you are patient and cool it for a long time, they hold together.

 

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2 comments
A Canadian Foodie
A Canadian Foodie

Now, that is a great way to use up the jelly! I have been using the syrup on ice cream (naughty me) and it is SO delicious! I was thinking of a pavlova with a high bush syrup gelee. Now, doesn't that sound refined! I probably won't make the squares. I do not have kids and I do not need to eat them all myself. But, you have me going. Surprise muffins. I made those with my students: a dollop of jam in the middle (dough half way up, jam in the middle, top with dough)... or thimble cookies. THOSE I will definitely do with this jelly next year when I bake (as I was not well enough this year.)... and hmmm....instead of sugar, mix it with apples in a crisp. Oh YUM. OK. I just might make those bars... but, I love the idea of the gelee, too. Where are accents for the comments? :) Valerie

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