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.

adapted from Cooking Light

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

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
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:


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

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

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

  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?

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

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

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

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