Caramel Date Bars with Cranberries and Walnuts
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.
Posted by "Tamara/SD" to the now-defunct Holiday Cookie Club at Epicurious.com.
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