I made this recipe for the first time to take to our church women’s retreat and it was a big success. I think it will be one of our new favorites. I would describe it as a cross between an oatmeal cookie and granola bar. We thought that the cranberries and chocolate were a great combination!
Cranberry Chocolate Oat Bars
Makes 22 bars
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter or margerine
1 1/3 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks, divided
2/3 cup chopped sweetened dried cranberries, divided
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray 13x9” pan with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.
3. Beat margarine and sugar until creamy in large bowl.
Add eggs, flour mixture, 1/2 cup chocolate chunks, and 1/3 cup cranberries; stir until well blended.
4. Spread dough into prepared pan. Sprinkle evenly with the remaining chocolate chunks, cranberries, and nuts.
Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until deep golden brown.