Cranberry Date Bars

Traditional layered date bars with a holiday twist of cranberry and orange, which brings a bright festive flavor to this bar cookie treat.
Cranberry Date Bars

Cranberry Date Bars

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

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This week for Sunday Supper the theme is all about holiday cookies. And although I have been posting a few cookie recipes in conjunction with other blogger events, I couldn’t resist squeezing in another. Is it possible to have too many holiday cookies? I don’t think so!

This particular type is very retro to me and is one of my husbands favorites. I have upped the game just a little bit by adding the holiday twist of cranberries and the touch of orange. I find it brings a bright refreshing flavor to these cookie bars.

In fact, they might be the best I have ever tasted. Some of my taste testers really liked these among some of the baking I have done this week.

Cranberry Date Bars

Make sure you join me tomorrow for Baking Bloggers, which is a baking group I run on Facebook that any blogger can join in. Wendy Klik of A Day in the Life on the Farm manages it with me. We’d love to see you pop in if you’d like to bake with us. We post the second Monday of the month, and this month is about Filled Cakes (I am posting a Buche de Noel). Next month we will be baking with choux pastry and you still have lots of time  to get in on that one if you’re interested. You can join in or sit out  any  month you like.

Cranberry Date Bars

Cranberry Date Bars

  • Servings: 24
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Cranberry Date Bars
Filling Ingredients:

Base/Topping Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup butter,   softened


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Stir together ingredients for the filling in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10-15 minutes or until thickened; let cool.
  4. Place base/topping ingredients in a bowl and mix together with a pastry blender or your fingers until crumbly.
  5. Press just over half of the base mixture into an oblong cake pan and press out evenly to make a crust.
  6. Bake the crust for 15 inutes or until  lightly golden.
  7. Spread filling mixture over the crust with a spatula, while the crust is still warm.
  8. Sprinkle the remaining base/topping over all.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting into small squares.

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6 responses

    • A few days, especially if refrigerated. I like to share with others so everyone gets them very fresh.

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