My mom has made these Cranberry Caramel Date Bars for as long as I can remember. They’re not exactly healthy, but they are delicious.
Cranberry Caramel Date Bars
makes about 40 small bars
1 C fresh cranberries 2 Tbsp. sugar 2 1/3 C WW pastry flour, divided Â½ tsp. baking soda 2 C uncooked regular oats 1/3 C sugar
1/3 C firmly packed light brown sugar 1 C butter, melted 1 (10 oz.) pkg. chopped dates Â¾ C chopped pecans 1 (12 oz.) jar caramel sauce
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Stir together cranberries and 2 tablespoons sugar in a small bowl; set aside. Combine 2 cups flour and next four ingredients; stir in melted butter until crumbly. Reserve one cup of this mixture. Press remaining mixture into bottom of a lightly greased 9Ã—13 inch baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees 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/butter/sugar mixture. Bake 20 more minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire rack. Cut into bars.
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