By Sandyg61 on October 04, 2005
Photo by milliwuu
Photo by milliwuu
"I always make this with cranberries but it could be made with almost any dried fruit. I adapted this recipe from a recipe in a mystery book by Joanne Fluke. This recipe can be doubled to make a 9 x 13 inch pan of cookies."
Serving Size: 1 (657 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"Really nice bar recipe. I thought they came out a little too sweet. Next time I'll cut the sugar in half. Loved the texture. Thanks for posting."
"These were really good. I thought they were a little on the sweet side even though I reduced the white sugar by half. The next time I may leave it out altogether.
I also accidently doubled the spices. It didn't hurt them at all. And since I was out of nutmeg, I used allspice instead. I replaced 1/4 cup of the cranberries with chopped walnuts but, in the future, I'll just add 1/2 cup of nuts along with the full amount of cranberries. I can also see using dried cherries and almonds. Or dried apples and pecans.
I used a metal pan (8x8) and the baking time was perfect. I lined the pan with parchment paper so I could lift them out before cutting. I plan on baking up a pan of these next week and mailing them off to my niece at college. They look like they'll travel real well. Thanks for posting your recipe, Sandyg61."
"Great recipe! Easy, tasty, made it yesterday and it's already almost gone. Didn't have any cranberries and used raisins instead. Furthermore I left out the nutmeg (not too fond of nutmeg) and added 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger. The baking time was right on spot, the bars are chewy and full of flavour. certainly a keeper.
Thanks for posting."
"I would give this 10 stars due to the reaction of my family. They all said, Wow! I needed a bar recipe for a bake sale and ended up making 3 batches (doubled in a 9 x 13 pan) because they ate too many of the first batch. I tried one double recipe as is/ tried the next with 3/4 cup brown and 3/4 cup white sugar. Both were GREAT. Would say it's a matter of preference. The bake sale people didn't want nuts in anything, but I want to try this with nuts next time. This is a keeper. Thank you. PS - I kept the same baking time for the double recipe and it wass fine."
"Very yummy - i used dried apricots and the result was very oaty, fruity and moist. I will certainly use this recipe again and next time will try dates ."
"FABULOUS!!! The only thing I did differently was use 1 cup of dried fruit. 1/3c. raisins, 1/3 c a dried berry mix (tart cherries, blueberries and craisins) and 1/3 c. dried chopped apricots. My husband is in absolute heaven. He told me to make him a pan of these weekly...and it was NOT a request!!! These mix together very quickly too, which is another huge benefit."
"A terrific base to use for experimenting. I halved the butter and added some yogurt or applesauce, used 1/2 whole wheat flour, and only 1 egg white. I've tried it with various dried fruit, frozen fruit, and choc chips (omitted the spices)--all with good results."
"Good basic recipe, easy to make! I made a few adjustments since we don't use sugar. I used a half a cup of raw honey instead of the sugars, whole wheat flour instead of white, added a 1/4 cup of ground flax seed meal and cut the butter in half and added a 1/4 cup of organic applesauce. They baked well, we live at 8500 ft elevation so baking can be a trial and error kinda thing but these turned out delish!"
"Delicious bars. I make them in a square muffin pan using 1/2 cup applesauce for half the butter, dried apricots, raisins, walnuts and my favorite part frozen FRESH chopped cranberries. I double the recipe and it makes 24 bars. They are even better after freezing."
"I just made these and I"m very happy with the results. Because my husband and I try to limit our sugar consumption, I cut the sugar in half. For us they are still sweet enough. I also added walnuts, and because I didn't have nutmeg in the house I increased the cinnamon a tad. Even at high altitude where I live (7,500 feet), the bars came out perfect, and at exactly 30 minutes. On busy days like today, this recipe is great. They're easy and quick to mix up. Thanks for posting. This will be one of my go-to recipes when I want a delicious treat in a hurry."
"I really loved this recipe and so did my husband and 2.5 year old! I skiped the nutmeg and doubled the cinnamon. Also, i did 1 tsp. of vanilla and added some mini chocolate chips. Just fantastic!"
"I have made these several times, using dried cranberries, cherries, and raisins. Our favorite so far is cherries. Excellent recipe! They taste amazing!"
"Recipe is perfect. I have no notes at all for it, except that I skipped the nutmeg (allergy)."
"Easy and tasty and not too sweet as promised."
"These came out so buttery, not too sweet, and kind of chewy. A great recipe. Thanks for sharing it."
"I am so pleased with this recipe - an elegant way to use up some dried cranberries I found in the cabinet. I made lots of changes though! I halved the butter, doubled the oats, and included half a cup of toasted pumpkin seeds. This somewhat healthier cookie still baked in the recommended time and held together well. They are nice and chewy and I like the subtle addition of nutmeg."
"Beautiful! I doubled the recipe (quite unintentionally....for some reason, I had 2 cups of flour in my head, so in it went! Matt helped out, melting more butter & measuring out more of all the other ingredients. :) ) They're really moist & chewy. I gave one (and a few more to take home) to my brother today & he loved them, too. I think the addition of some shredded coconut would go nicely. Thanks for sharing! :)"
"I made this today for a Memorial Day party at work. I doubled the recipe and used dried cranberries, dried blueberries and white chocolate baking chips. I omitted the nutmeg out of personal preference but increased the cinnamon a smidge. I made this in a 13 x 9" pan and made 32 bars that disappeared quickly! Thank you for posting this recipe!"
"AWESOME! I made this with orange essence Craisins as it is the only dried fruit my oldest son likes. Wasn't sure how the flavors would play together, but it is really wonderful!"