Cranberry Oatmeal Bars
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

Cranberry Oatmeal Bars

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.

Cranberry Oatmeal Bars

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.

Cranberry Oatmeal Bars

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

Cranberry Oatmeal Bars

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.

Cranberry Oatmeal Bars

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.

Cranberry Oatmeal Bars

Yum.

Just yum.

Happy baking!

Love,

Karlynn

Cranberry Oatmeal Bars
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
This is a basic oatmeal bar base you can use any flavor of jam with. Cranberry jelly is perfect for Christmas or Thanksgiving, or any holiday occasion.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: oatmeal bars
Servings: 12
Calories: 349 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter
  • 14 oz can cranberry sauce or or 1 2/3 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 2/3 of the mix into a greased 9 inch x 9 inch pan. 

  3. 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. 

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

  5. 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.
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Oatmeal Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 349 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 202mg 8%
Potassium 90mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 49g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 30g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 9.7%
Vitamin C 0.8%
Calcium 2.8%
Iron 7.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Author

Hey guys, I'm Karlynn! Welcome to The Kitchen Magpie, my website full of family friendly recipes, cocktails & homesteading tales of chickens & cows from the family farm! Make sure to check out my bestselling cookbook, Flapper Pie & a Blue Prairie Sky ,stay tuned for info on my second cookbook!

3 Comments

  1. 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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