Ingredients

  • baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • brown sugar 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • butter 1 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • caramel sauce 1 (12-ounce) jar caramel sauce
  • cranberries 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • dates 1 (10-ounce) package chopped dates
  • flour 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • oats 2 cups uncooked regular oats
  • pecans 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • sugar 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
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How to make it

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line a 13x9x2 pan with aluminum foil, leaving a little overhang, and you can lift bars out to cut with no problem. (I used regular foil so I doubled it up, otherwise use heavy duty)
  2. Combine 2 tablespoons of sugar in a small bowl with the cranberries and set aside.
  3. Combine 2 cups of flour and the next four ingredients. Stir in melted butter until crumbly. Reserve 1 cup of this mixture and set aside. Press remaining mixture into bottom of a lightly greased 139 baking dish or pan (I used a piece of wax paper placed over the top to press down the mixture).
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and sprinkle with dates, pecans, and the cranberry mixture. Stir the caramel sauce and the remaining 1/3 cup flour together until smooth, spoon over cranberries. Sprinkle with the reserved 1 cup flour mixture.
  6. Bake an additional 20 minutes or until lightly browned.Cool on a wire rack. Lift out of pan with foil overhang.
  7. Cut into bars, makes approximately 24 (I cut mine larger and got 18).These bars have a wonderful flavor, a sweet treat with just enough cranberry twang!NEW! Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter, Foodie in the Craftroom, to receive updates and tips from both Amandas Cookin and Crafts by Amanda! Visit http://www.amandascookin.com/p/subscribe-to-newsletter.html
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