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!
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×9 inch baking pan, line with foil, then grease the foil.
- 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.
- 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.)
- Fold in the white chocolate chips.
- Press half of this mixture firmly into the pan. Spread the cranberry sauce evenly over, then crumble the remaining oat mixture over the top.
- Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Cool completely before cutting into bars.