Cranberry-Apple Butter Bars

Cranberry-Apple Butter Bars

Denser and richer than apple sauce, apple butter creates intensely flavored, moist cookies. These have a hint of orange.

Prep Time

20

Minutes

Total Time

2:20

Hrs:Mins

Makes

32

bars

Filling
1
bag (12 oz) fresh or frozen cranberries
1
cup granulated sugar
1
teaspoon grated orange peel
1/4
cup orange juice
1/2
cup apple butter
2
tablespoons butter or margarine
Base and Topping
3/4
cup butter or margarine, softened
1
cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2
cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4
cups quick-cooking oats
  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.
  2. In 4-quart saucepan, mix cranberries, granulated sugar, orange peel and orange juice. Heat to boiling over high heat, stirring constantly. Cook over high heat 6 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until cranberries pop and lose their round shape and mixture thickens. Stir in apple butter and 2 tablespoons butter; remove from heat.
  3. In large bowl, beat 3/4 cup butter and the brown sugar with electric mixer on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until fluffy. Stir in flour, salt, baking soda and oats. Press 3 cups oat mixture in pan.
  4. Spread cranberry filling over base. Crumble remaining 2 cups oat mixture over filling; press lightly.
  5. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely, about 1 hour 30 minutes. For bars, cut into 8 rows by 4 rows.
Makes 32 bars
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Kitchen Tips
One medium orange will provide enough grated peel and the 1/4 cup of juice.
Homemade or purchased apple butter will work in this recipe.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Bar)
  • Calories 150
    • (Calories from Fat 50),
  • Total Fat 5g
    • (Saturated Fat 3g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 15mg;
  • Sodium 130mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 23g
    • (Dietary Fiber 1g,
    • Sugars 16g),
  • Protein 1g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 1/2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 1 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 1 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 1 1/2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.