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Cranberry Jam Bars

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"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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2 h 45 m servings 201
Original recipe yields 18 servings


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  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.


  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 201 calories; 8.5 30.4 2.2 14 89 Full nutrition

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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...

Good flavor and easy to make but the crust is way too crumbly.

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 (...