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Peanutty Cranberry Bars


3 hours
Skill Level
16 bars

The only thing square about these cranberry dessert bars is their shape. This cranberry square recipe uses fresh cranberries and REESE’S Peanut Butter Chips to create a uniquely tart dessert with a sweet side. Enjoy each fruity layer and a peanut butter crumb topping.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
30 minutes
Bake Time
35 minutes
25 minutes
Cool Time
1 hour 30 minutes


  • 1/2 cup
    butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1/2 cup
    granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup
    packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup
    quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1 cup
    REESE'S Peanut Butter Chips
  • 1-1/2 cups
    fresh or frozen whole cranberries
  • 2/3 cup
    light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract

Step-By-Step Directions

Equipment Needed 
oven oven
baking pan 8-inch square baking pan
bowl bowl
mixer mixer
measuring cup measuring cups
rubber scraper rubber scraper
pot saucepan
wire rack wire rack

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 8-inch square baking pan.


Beat butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in medium bowl until fluffy. Stir together flour, oats, baking soda and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, mixing until mixture is consistency of coarse crumbs. Stir in peanut butter chips.


Reserve 1-1/2 cups mixture for crumb topping. Firmly press remaining mixture evenly into prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes or until set. Meanwhile, in medium saucepan, combine cranberries, corn syrup and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture boils. Reduce heat; simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Spread evenly over baked layer. Sprinkle reserved 1-1/2 cups crumbs evenly over top.


Return to oven. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until set. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Makes 16 bars.

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