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Chocolate, Cranberry & Oat Bars

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32 servings

Chewy and sweet with tart cranberries, rich chocolate chunks and crunchy pecans...these bars can make it that much easier to stick to your smart eating plan.

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  • Heat oven to 350ºF.
  • Microwave cranberries and orange juice in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 30 sec.; stir, Set aside. Combine next 4 ingredients.
  • Beat margarine and sugar in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each until blended. Gradually beat in oat mixture. Stir in cranberry mixture, chocolate and nuts.
  • Spread onto bottom of 13x9-inch pan sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Bake 25 to 30 min. or until lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

Special Equipment Needed

Note from the Kraft Kitchens

Thank you for your feedback. We have increased the bake time as a result of your comments. Enjoy!

Special Extra

For easy cleanup, line baking pan with foil using this easy method.  Turn pan upside down and fit a piece of foil over top of pan, smoothing corners as needed.  Remove foil.  When you turn the pan over, the foil fits perfectly inside the pan.


  • 32 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 32 servings
Calories 160
Total fat 7g
Saturated fat 1.5g
Cholesterol 10mg
Sodium 90mg
Carbohydrate 23g
Dietary fiber 1g
Sugars 14g
Protein 2g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 4 %DV
Vitamin C 0 %DV
Calcium 2 %DV
Iron 6 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

Ratings & Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from We loved this recipe. We loved this recipe. The bars were very moist and chewy. The combination of cranberries and dark chocolate chunks was yummy. I cooled and chilled the bars before cutting them so the chocolate was firm. I'm freezing them for the holidays. The copy of the recipe in the Kraft Holiday 2007 edition of FOOD and FAMILY MAGAZINE calls for baking the bars for 20-22 minutes. I had to double the baking time listed. They took 43 min. They were still wet and gooey after 20 min.
Date published: 2007-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I made this for my Cookie Exchange and love it! I made this for my Cookie Exchange and love it! Baking time is really off - used metal pans and both reg and convection ovens and kept adding min. until it was golden brown all over. I used white choc. chips instead - semi-sweet was a little overpowering for the cranberries. Once it's chilled it's easier to cut and separate. Thanks!
Date published: 2007-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this recipe. I loved this recipe. It came out perfect. I made these in bars, and after reading the reviews I was worried that they might not come out right. I cooked them in a metal pan for about 25 minutes and they were perfect. The only thing about these was they were pretty crumbly. I think I cut them too soon. Next time I will let these chill for a while before cutting them. They had great texture and a perfect combination of flavors. We loved these. They didn't look so pretty, but they tasted really yummy!!
Date published: 2007-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We really loved the taste of these bars. We really loved the taste of these bars. I took the suggestion and replaced the white flour with wheat. Can't even tell the difference. I did however change a few things. I put the Cherry cranberry Craisins, and rather then the semi-sweet squares, I used the choc chips, much easier. I added macadamia nuts along with the walnuts. So delicious. I think next time I will use a little less brown sugar since it seemed a little to sweet. Will definitely make again!!
Date published: 2011-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I used your basic recipe but tweeked it a bit. I used your basic recipe but tweeked it a bit. Had dried cherries on hand and soaked them in a low sugar grape juice, also used toasted walnuts and reduced the chocolate a bit. To cut out some fat I used unsweetened apple sauce for half the butter called for and I did have to bake it a bit longer than 30 minutes. The end result is yummy and I feel good about eating them, too!
Date published: 2007-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this for a brunch I was attending and it came out FANTASTIC. I made this for a brunch I was attending and it came out FANTASTIC. They were gone in like 15 minutes. I changed a couple of things for personal taste - I left out the chocolate chunks and added a tsp of cinnamon (because oatmeal cookies taste great w/ cinnamon so I figured these would be good too) and everyone loved them. I will definitely make these again! SOO YUMMY!!
Date published: 2008-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great flavor, but poor baking directions. Great flavor, but poor baking directions. My first batch went 5 minutes longer than recommended and still was too soft in the center once cooled. The second batch went a good 10 minutes longer and were done, but still a little soft in the middle compared to the delicious outside crispy edges. I will make this recipe again, but will make cookies instead of bars.
Date published: 2007-11-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This recipe is okay. This recipe is okay. I thought it would be better. I made the recipe with all the ingredients called for and found out it is difficult to chop the chocolate. I recommend just using chocolate chips. It would be much faster. The bars were kind of dry, but maybe that's because I left them in for an additional 10 minutes, as other users have recommended.
Date published: 2007-11-20
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