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Caramel Date Bars with Cranberries and Walnuts


Makes about 54

1 cup cranberries
2 tablespoons PLUS 1/2 cup sugar, divided
2-1/3 cups flour, divided
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter or margarine, melted
1-1/2 cups chopped dates
1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
1 cup caramel ice cream topping

Preheat oven to 350 F. In small bowl, combine
cranberries and 2 tablespoons sugar; set aside. In medium bowl stir together 2 cups flour, oats, 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar, and baking soda. Stir in melted butter, blend well. Reserve 1 cup crumb mixture. Press remaining crumbs in
bottom of 9x13-inch baking pan. Bake 15 minutes. Sprinkle dates, walnuts and cranberry mixture evenly over crust. Stir together caramel topping and remaining 1/3 cup flour; drizzle over fruits and nuts. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture. Return to oven for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.

Note: Posted by "Tamara/SD" to the now-defunct Holiday Cookie Club at Epicurious.com.

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Reviews of Caramel Date Bars with Cranberries and Walnuts:

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  A cookie baker in Arizona  Dec 4, 2012
Would make this again.
These cookies are a Fall favorite. I have made these every year for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Bake the batch with a sheet of parchment paper lining the pan. When the cookies are cool just lift out the whole sheet and then cut them into bars. 5 stars

  Becky in Wisc.  Feb 21, 2012
Would make this again.
This is one of our families new favorites and one tip to pass along is lining the pan with parchment paper makes clean up a breeze and cutting them even easier as well. That way this can be one of your all time favorites for lots of reasons. 5 stars

  A cookie baker  Dec 14, 2011
Would make this again.
This is my most favorite cookie recipe for the holidays. Everyone who has eaten this recipe just loves it! Be adventurous and give it a chance.

Highly recommend it!
5 stars

  conniebrooke in germany  Dec 13, 2011
Would make this again.
They are simply fantastic, fingerlicking good, easy to make also. 5 stars

  Deana  Dec 25, 2010
Would make this again.
Have been making these for years. They are part of the Christmas tradition for our family. Everyone loves them-young & old! 5 stars

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