Cranberry date bars

Yield: 24 Servings

Measure Ingredient
12 ounces 1 bag cranberries
1 pack 8 oz. chopped dates
2 tablespoons Water
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
2 cups All purpose flour
2 cups Old fashioned oats
1½ cup Packed brown sugar
½ teaspoon Baking soda
½ teaspoon Salt
1 cup Butter or margarine melted
2 cups Confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons Up to 3 tbs. orange juice
½ teaspoon Vanilla extract

In a covered saucepan over low heat, simmer cranberries, dates and water for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until the cranberries have popped. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir in butter until well blended. Pat half into an ungreased 13x9 in baking pan. Bake at 350F for 8 minutes. Spoon cranberry mixture over crust. Sprinkle with the remaining oat mixture. Pan gently. Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes or until browned. Cool.

Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over bars.

This recipe from Bonnie Nieter. October/November Taste of Home

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