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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.


  • For the cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup cranberries

  • 2 tablespoons PLUS 1/2 cup sugar, divided

  • For the base and topping
  • 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

  • For the filling
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped dates

  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

  • 1 cup caramel ice cream topping


  • Prepare the cranberries
  • Preheat oven to 350 F. In small bowl, combine cranberries and 2 tablespoons sugar; set aside.
  • Make the base
  • 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 of this crumb mixture and set aside. Press remaining crumbs in bottom of 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Bake 15 minutes.
  • Make the filling and assemble
  • 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.
  • Bake
  • 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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