Cranberry & White Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

I had some fresh cranberries that I wanted to use in a festive dessert to share with my co-workers.  I generally equate fresh cranberries with Thanksgiving pies or relishes, but I found this recipe for a cranberry oat bar and decided to make it.  I made a few changes to the original recipe including adding white chocolate chips to the batter.  This recipe is easy and straightforward, and the flavor combination of cranberries and white chocolate chips is amazing.  If you’re looking for a festive, non-pie dessert to share with family and friends on Thanksgiving Day this year, definitely try this recipe.  Your guests will be happy you did!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp orange zest
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×9 inch baking pan, line with foil, then grease the foil.
  2. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the cranberries, white sugar, and orange zest. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook until the mixture has softened and reduced to about 1 cup.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in the butter using your hands or a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. (Make sure to cut in butter well so entire mixture gets butter cut in it.)
  4. Fold in the white chocolate chips.
  5. Press half of this mixture firmly into the pan. Spread the cranberry sauce evenly over, then crumble the remaining oat mixture over the top.
  6. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Cool completely before cutting into bars.
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11 Comments

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11 responses to “Cranberry & White Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

  1. Yum – love white chocoalte and cranberries together, especially in what looks like a soft, gooey bar.

  2. These look delicious! I’ve been trying to come up with recipes to share with my coworkers over the holiday season as well, and this looks like a perfect one! Thank you! Wishing you a great Thanksgiving 🙂

  3. Yummy! I love cranberries and white chocolate! Totally keeping this for the holidays!

  4. this looks so wonderful… i love the combo of chocolate and cranberries.. yummy! thanks for sharing this.

  5. oh wow looks great and lovely use of cranberries

  6. OMG look at those white chocolate chips yelling out to me to be eaten… looks divine! Great flavor combination with the cranberries too.

  7. cranberry and white chocolate is one of my favorite combinations! These look perfect for Christmas 🙂

  8. yum! these look so good…i love the ingredient combination.

  9. How did I JUST find these? They look amazing!

  10. These sound really tasty — and look delicious!!

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