Peanutty Cranberry Bars

Details

Time
3 hours
Skill Level
Intermediate
Yields
16 bars

The only thing square about these cranberry dessert bars is their shape. This cranberry square recipe uses fresh cranberries and REESE’S Peanut Butter Chips to create a uniquely tart dessert with a sweet side. Enjoy each fruity layer and a peanut butter crumb topping.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
30 minutes
Bake Time
35 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Cool Time
1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup

    butter (1 stick), softened

  • 1/2 cup

    granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup

    packed light brown sugar

  • 1 cup

    all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup

    quick-cooking rolled oats

  • 1/4 tsp

    baking soda

  • 1/4 tsp

    salt

  • 1-1/2 cups

    fresh or frozen whole cranberries

  • 2/3 cup

    light corn syrup

  • 1/2 cup

    water

  • 1 tsp

    vanilla extract

READY TO MAKE THE RECIPE?

Step-By-Step Directions

Equipment Needed 

oven
oven
baking pan
8-inch square baking pan
bowl
bowl
mixer
mixer
measuring cup
measuring cups
rubber scraper
rubber scraper
pot
saucepan
wire rack
wire rack
1

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 8-inch square baking pan.

2

Beat butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in medium bowl until fluffy. Stir together flour, oats, baking soda and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, mixing until mixture is consistency of coarse crumbs. Stir in peanut butter chips.

3

Reserve 1-1/2 cups mixture for crumb topping. Firmly press remaining mixture evenly into prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes or until set. Meanwhile, in medium saucepan, combine cranberries, corn syrup and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture boils. Reduce heat; simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Spread evenly over baked layer. Sprinkle reserved 1-1/2 cups crumbs evenly over top.

4

Return to oven. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until set. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Makes 16 bars.

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