Cranberry Oat Bars

These are a quick and easy treat to make, especially around the winter holidays when fresh cranberries are available everywhere. The tangy cranberry filling is wonderfully complemented by the crumbly, streusel-like pastry.
Yield 16 servings
Ingredients

2 cups fresh cranberries
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water or orange juice
1/4 teaspoon dried orange zest (optional)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup oats, quick-cooking or rolled (not steel-cut)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter, melted


1 Place cranberries, sugar, water and zest in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then simmer until cranberries have popped and mixture has thickened to a jam consistency. Remove from heat and allow to cool while you prepare pastry.
2 Preheat oven to 350°F
3 Generously butter 8x8 inch pan (or spray with cooking spray).
4 Mix together the flour, brown sugar, oats, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Stir in the melted butter and blend well.
5 Press 2/3 of the mixture into the prepared pan.
6 Spread the berry mixture over the crust, then crumble the remaining oat mixture over the berries.
7 Bake for 30 minutes.
8 Let completely cool, then cut into 2-inch squares.

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