Cranberry Jam Bars


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.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
18 servings



  • 1 (12 ounce) package fresh or frozen cranberries (not thawed if frozen)

  • cup white sugar

  • ½ cup water


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup rolled oats (not quick-cooking)

  • cup chopped pecans or walnuts

  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar

  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg

  • ½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature - cut into 1-tablespoon chunks


  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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 (per serving)

201 Calories
9g Fat
30g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 201
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 89mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 30mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 74mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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