Cranberry Date Bars

READY IN: 55mins
Recipe by Sweet Diva MJ

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.

Top Review by Roxygirl in Colorado

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

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.

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