Cranberry-Apple Butter Bars

Denser and richer than apple sauce, apple butter creates intensely flavored, moist cookies. These have a hint of orange.

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  • prep time 20 min
  • total time 2 hr 20 min
  • ingredients 12
  • servings 32
 

Ingredients

Filling

1
bag (12 oz) fresh or frozen cranberries
1
cup granulated sugar
1
teaspoon grated orange peel
1/4
cup orange juice
1/2
cup apple butter
2
tablespoons butter or margarine

Base and Topping

3/4
cup butter or margarine, softened
1
cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2
cups all-purpose flour
1
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4
cups quick-cooking oats

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  • 1 Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • 2 In 4-quart saucepan, mix cranberries, granulated sugar, orange peel and orange juice. Heat to boiling over high heat, stirring constantly. Cook over high heat 6 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until cranberries pop and lose their round shape and mixture thickens. Stir in apple butter and 2 tablespoons butter; remove from heat.
  • 3 In large bowl, beat 3/4 cup butter and the brown sugar with electric mixer on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until fluffy. Stir in flour, salt, baking soda and oats. Press 3 cups oat mixture in pan.
  • 4 Spread cranberry filling over base. Crumble remaining 2 cups oat mixture over filling; press lightly.
  • 5 Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely, about 1 hour 30 minutes. For bars, cut into 8 rows by 4 rows.
  • 1 Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • 2 In 4-quart saucepan, mix cranberries, granulated sugar, orange peel and orange juice. Heat to boiling over high heat, stirring constantly. Cook over high heat 6 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until cranberries pop and lose their round shape and mixture thickens. Stir in apple butter and 2 tablespoons butter; remove from heat.
  • 3 In large bowl, beat 3/4 cup butter and the brown sugar with electric mixer on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until fluffy. Stir in flour, salt, baking soda and oats. Press 3 cups oat mixture in pan.
  • 4 Spread cranberry filling over base. Crumble remaining 2 cups oat mixture over filling; press lightly.
  • 5 Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely, about 1 hour 30 minutes. For bars, cut into 8 rows by 4 rows.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

One medium orange will provide enough grated peel and the 1/4 cup of juice.

Homemade or purchased apple butter will work in this recipe.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
150
(
Calories from Fat
50),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
5g
5%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
130mg
130%;
Total Carbohydrate
23g
23%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
16g
16%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
2%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.