Friday, October 8, 2010

12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies - Cranberry Oatmeal Bars






I found this recipe while perusing the Cooking Light site and just had to make it.  It isn't a cookie but it is Christmas-y.  I am trying to stock my freezer but these didn't make it past dessert.  everyone loved them and I need to make these again and will need to double or triple the recipe.

Ingredients
adapted from Cooking Light

Crust:
4.5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 cup)
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 tablespoons butter, melted
3 tablespoons orange juice
Cooking spray

Filling:
1 1/3 cups dried cranberries (about 6 ounces)
3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup granulated sugar (I used Splenda)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
1 large egg white, lightly beaten
 
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 325°.

2. To prepare crust, weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through cinnamon) in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Drizzle butter and juice over flour mixture, stirring until moistened (mixture will be crumbly). Reserve 1/2 cup oat mixture. Press remaining oat mixture into the bottom of an 11 x 7–inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

3. To prepare filling, combine cranberries, sour cream, granulated sugar, and remaining ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring well. Spread cranberry mixture over prepared crust; sprinkle reserved oat mixture evenly over filling. Bake at 325° for 40 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.


Week 2 Twelve Weeks of Christmas:

11 comments:

  1. YUM! Cranberries are my favorite during the holidays! I can't wait to make these!

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  2. I agree that they're very Christmasy. That cranberry sour cream filling sounds delicious.

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  3. with the OJ in the base and cranberry in the filling.This sounds refreshing!

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  4. Ha ha ha - my cookies are all gone too - I guess this project isn't working out too well for me. But that's ok - when the end result is as delicious as this we can always make more, right?

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  5. Bar cookies are so nice and quick sometimes. Love cranberries.

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  6. These bars look delicious! Love the addition of sour cream:)

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  7. These are a nice bar cookie. They look just delicious.

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  8. It does sound like a great combination of flavors. And I love that it's Cooking Light.

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