Cranberry Caramel Bars

posted by Pat T 10-20-98 12:04 PM

November 1998 issue of Southern Living Magazine:

1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 cups uncooked regular oats
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 (10 oz.) pkg. chopped dates
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1 (12 oz.) jar caramel sauce

Stir together cranberries and 2 Tblsp. sugar in a small bowl; set aside.

Combine 2 cups flour and next 4 ingredients; stir in melted butter until crumbly.

Reserve 1 cup flour mixture. Press remaining mixture into bottom of a lightly greased 13-x-9-inch baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with dates, pecans, and cranberry mixture.

Stir together caramel sauce and remaining 1/3 cup flour; spoon over cranberries. Sprinkle with reserved 1 cup flour mixture. Bake 20 more minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

Yield: 2 dozen. Prep: 20 minutes. Bake: 35 minutes.

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