Nobody can ever seem to get enough of these bars when I make them. They're very fast to make, too.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
13 mins
total:
28 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease 11x7 inch baking pan.

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  • Pour melted butter into a mixing bowl, and beat in the egg, brown sugar, and vanilla extract. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice together in a separate mixing bowl. Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture until thoroughly blended. Mix in the cranberries, pecans, and oats until evenly blended. Press mixture into prepared baking dish.

  • Bake in preheated oven until top is dry and edges slightly pull away from the sides of the pan, 13 to 15 minutes. Cool before cutting into squares.

Nutrition Facts

225 calories; protein 3g 6% DV; carbohydrates 24.8g 8% DV; fat 13.4g 21% DV; cholesterol 35.8mg 12% DV; sodium 147.4mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2007
I looooooooove cranberries so this was great. Changed a few things. Didn't have the pie spice pecans or egg so I added a bit more cinnamon chopped up an apple to add to the mix and used egg beaters. Also drizzled the top with honey and put it in an 8x8 pan. Increased the bake time to 20-25 minutes so the middle would cook. Found that with the addition of the apples it was awesomely sweet (just right for my taste). However I have some friends doing Weight Watchers and plan to try some adjustments next time for them. Will try applesauce instead of butter honey instead of sugar (and lessen the amount since I'm adding apples) and leave the peels on the apples (and add another half an apple) to add even more of a fiber kick. Think they will love it as much as I did! Great recipe.:) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/16/2007
I was really excited to try this recipe due to the other great reviews.....I have to say it's fairly bland for my taste not sweet enough and the texture is more like a health food bar than a 'cookie' type bar....I wouldn't make this for kids although if you're dieting and desperate these might fit the bill. Follow up: I tried these the next day and was very dissapointed. They're too chewy dry and I dont feel they're worth the time and effort. Read More
(14)
39 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2007
I looooooooove cranberries so this was great. Changed a few things. Didn't have the pie spice pecans or egg so I added a bit more cinnamon chopped up an apple to add to the mix and used egg beaters. Also drizzled the top with honey and put it in an 8x8 pan. Increased the bake time to 20-25 minutes so the middle would cook. Found that with the addition of the apples it was awesomely sweet (just right for my taste). However I have some friends doing Weight Watchers and plan to try some adjustments next time for them. Will try applesauce instead of butter honey instead of sugar (and lessen the amount since I'm adding apples) and leave the peels on the apples (and add another half an apple) to add even more of a fiber kick. Think they will love it as much as I did! Great recipe.:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/08/2007
It was a nice recipe. A good alternative to cookie/brownies. I made 2 batches 1 as directed the other I substituted honey (and a dash of molasses) for the sugar and unsweetened applesauce for the butter. That second batch was slightly fluffier moist and chewy not crumby at all (the first was). i did omit the nutmeg and pie spice on both. I will try again with even less honey and banana chips chocolate chips instead of cranberries/nuts. Healthier option than breakfast bars for the kids. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2008
Fantastic recipe! Very easy! I added an extra egg and increase baking soda baking powder and salt to 1/2 teaspoon. The bars came out more cake-like. It was a great late night snack for me and the husband! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/16/2007
I was really excited to try this recipe due to the other great reviews.....I have to say it's fairly bland for my taste not sweet enough and the texture is more like a health food bar than a 'cookie' type bar....I wouldn't make this for kids although if you're dieting and desperate these might fit the bill. Follow up: I tried these the next day and was very dissapointed. They're too chewy dry and I dont feel they're worth the time and effort. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2010
I have made these both ways. The first batch I made exactly as the recipe was written except I did add some dark chocolate chips. The next day I made them using honey instead of brown sugar and applesauce instead of butter. To me both ways are fabulous. I will probably stick to the second method just for the healthier outcome. They went over better for my kids when I chopped up the dried cranberries. These are what we use as a pick-me-up after our Zumba class every week. Thanks for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2010
very tasty! My kids and the kiddos I watch loved them. Moist and not too sweet. Even my husband the sweet tooth in the house liked them. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/26/2009
Really yummy I used canola oil and yogurt instead of egg and butter. A very simple and tasty recipe. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/17/2009
Sorry, but very dry. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2009
great recipe Read More
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