Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 35 mins

From my Best of Country Cooking Cookbook collection. This is my favorite cranberry dessert - I could eat the whole pan myself! Fortunately, my family won't let me - they love them too! Even my neighbor, who doesn't like cranberries, can't resist these bars.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a saucepan, combine cranberries and dates.
  2. Cover and cook over low heat for 15-20 minutes or until berries pop, stirring often. (I also mash the cranberries with a fork once they are soft enough and reach the about-to-pop stage).
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla; set aside.
  4. In a bowl, combine flour, oats, sugar, baking soda and salt.
  5. Stir in butter until crumbly.
  6. Press half into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pan.
  7. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes. Spoon cranberry mixture over the crust; spread gently. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture;pat down gently.
  8. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool.
  9. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over bars.
  10. Yield: 4 dozen.
Most Helpful

I made these for coffee hour and they went fast. These are addicting and I can see how you could eat the whole pan! I used frozen cranberries and needed to add some water (about 4 tbs) to keep them from sticking. The orange flavor in the frosting really makes these. Thanks for posting! Roxygirl

Roxygirl in Colorado March 01, 2008

These are really good. The flavors all blend wonderfully with a great balance of sweet and tart. Thanks for posting!

pattikay in L.A. February 08, 2008

These were good. I would recommend putting 3 or 4 tablespoons of water in with the dates and cranberries to help get them cooking and bursting. That was the only thing that gave me a problem. Otherwise this was a good recipe. Thanks!

brian48195 January 29, 2008