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Caramel Date Bars with Cranberries and Walnuts

Caramel Date Bars with Cranberries and Walnuts

Caramel Date Bars with Cranberries and Walnuts

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Caramel Date Bars with Cranberries and Walnuts
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Course: BarsDifficulty: Medium



A bar cookie with an oatmeal base and topping with a cranberry, walnut and caramel middle filling.


  • 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 9 x 13-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 (number of servings depends on how big you make the bars).


  • Posted by “Tamara/SD” to the now-defunct Holiday Cookie Club at Epicurious.com.


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- A Baker
I've made these for years at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and everyone loves them! They are a great hostess gift, especially for someone with overnight guests, as they are a nice dessert choice and also great for breakfast. This recipe was from one of the major food companies--one of those recipes they put out with glossy print newspaper coupons (for some of the ingredients) at the holidays. My original copy was worn to shreds long ago!
- Mary in Maine
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.
- A Baker
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.
- Becky
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