Cranberries are one of only three fruits native to North America, so what could be better to help celebrate an authentic Thanksgiving? The dough and jam can be made 3 days ahead and chilled separately. Great for Christmas, too.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
1 hr
additional:
1 hr 20 mins
total:
2 hrs 45 mins
Servings:
18
Yield:
18 servings
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Jam:
Dough:

Directions

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  • Bring cranberries, sugar, and water to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring and mashing cranberries, until mixture is very thick, about 15 minutes. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.

  • Pulse flour, rolled oats, pecans, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a food processor 3 times to mix. Add butter and pulse until mixture begins to clump. Firmly press half of dough evenly in bottom of prepared pan. Spread with jam, then sprinkle on remaining dough and gently press into an even layer.

  • Bake until golden brown, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a rack. Lift foil to remove pastry from pan and cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts

201 calories; protein 2.2g 4% DV; carbohydrates 30.4g 10% DV; fat 8.5g 13% DV; cholesterol 13.6mg 5% DV; sodium 89.2mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
11/25/2015
I'm sad to report that cutting in the butter by hand does not result in a workable product. It tastes good (not great but good) but it's too crumbly bc the butter didn't emulsify into tiny bits. I probably should've melted the butter into the dough when I realized my Cuisinart wasn't big enough. Can't take these to Thanksgiving but we'll enjoy them for the tree-raising on Black Friday. Thanks for sharing! (P.S. I found these marked "Classics" in the AR magazine and was very surprised to get here and see that this recipe had never been rated. Bit misleading had it actually been a classic I suspect someone before me would've mentioned that it doesn't work to just cut in the butter ha!) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/07/2015
Good flavor and easy to make but the crust is way too crumbly. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/25/2015
I'm sad to report that cutting in the butter by hand does not result in a workable product. It tastes good (not great but good) but it's too crumbly bc the butter didn't emulsify into tiny bits. I probably should've melted the butter into the dough when I realized my Cuisinart wasn't big enough. Can't take these to Thanksgiving but we'll enjoy them for the tree-raising on Black Friday. Thanks for sharing! (P.S. I found these marked "Classics" in the AR magazine and was very surprised to get here and see that this recipe had never been rated. Bit misleading had it actually been a classic I suspect someone before me would've mentioned that it doesn't work to just cut in the butter ha!) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/07/2015
Good flavor and easy to make but the crust is way too crumbly. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/27/2018
Didn t enjoy these. Made them for Christmas and only one got eaten. I think whoever ate the one passed the word that they weren t very good. I m an experienced baker and everything else I made (9 different cookies) were gobbled up. I mean they looked pretty but just weren t that good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2019
Came out delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2019
These taste great! Easy to make also. They were in the dry side so I will use a little less flour next time but really good flavor. I didn t use the cranberries because I made this after buying cranberry sauce at thanksgiving that no one liked. Crazy people liked the can of jelly type. So I heated up the Left over Ballymaloe and Muskoka sauces with a little homemade strawberry freezer jam until it was spreadable. Glad I could make use of the sauces no one wanted as they were very tasty but made with real cranberries not sugar and juice?? Anyway my husband is eating these Bars like crazy even if he wouldn t eat the sauce at Thanksgiving. Read More