It's Christmas time and that means one thing around my house...Cranberry Caramel Date Bars have to be made! I started making these years ago after getting the recipe from a fellow co-worker. The first time I made them for my family they were such a hit that I had requests to make them again the next year. In fact when Christmas got close they started asking for them. I have since made it a Christmas time tradition to make these yummy and easy to bake bars. This year was no exception and when I took them to a Christmas party this past weekend, I got requests for the recipe, so I thought I would share it with you today!
My favorite part about these bars are the fresh cranberries. When you take a bite, they pop and their yummy juices burst into your mouth!
RECIPE | CRANBERRY & CARAMEL DATE BARS
Makes 24 bars.
1-1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp sugar
2 + 1/3 cup flour
2 cups oats
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup margarine, melted
1 1/2 cups dates, chopped
3/4 cup walnuts, toasted
1 cup (1 jar) caramel ice cream topping (fat free is fine)
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cranberries and 2 Tbsp sugar; set aside. In bowl combine 2 cups flour, oats, sugar, brown sugar and baking soda. Add margarine and mix well. Reserve 1 cup of this mixture. Press remainder firmly on the bottom of a 13 x 9 pan. Bake 15 minutes until slightly golden.
Sprinkle dates, walnuts and cranberry mixture over the crust. Mix caramel topping with 1/3 cup flour. Spread over the top. Top with reserved crumb mixture. Bake 20 minutes or until light brown.
Cool and then cut into bars.
Do you have a holiday or Christmas recipe that you make every year? I'd love to see your recipe!