Cranberry Caramel Date Bars

Make about 40 small bars

1 cup fresh cranberries
2 T sugar
2 c whole wheat pastry flour, plus 1/3c (Separate)
1/2 t baking soda
2 c old fashioned oats
1/3 c sugar
1/3 c brown sugar, packed
1 c butter, melted
1 (10oz) package dates
3/4 c pecans, chopped
12 oz jar caramel sauce

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2) Wash cranberries, stir together with 2 tablespoons sugar in a small bowl; set aside.

3) Into a large bowl, measure out 2 cups of whole wheat pastry flour (do NOT use regular whole wheat flour – it will be a dense disaster)!

4) Add in baking soda, oats, white sugar, brown sugar and stir.

5) Place 2 sticks of butter in a pan (or in a bowl in the microwave) and heat until it melts. Yes, this is a lot of butter. Sometimes it’s worth it. This is one of those times. After melted, stir into flour mixture.

6) Take out one cup of the mixture and save for later.

7)  Press the remaining mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased or sprayed 9×13 inch baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

8) Take pan out of oven and sprinkle with dates, pecans, and finally cranberries.

9) Stir together the caramel sauce and the remaining 1/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour. You may want to heat the mixture a bit in the microwave (just 15 to 20 seconds) so it gets nice and runny. Drizzle over the pan.

10) Sprinkle everything with the 1 cup of flour/sugar/butter mixture that you reserved earlier on and bake 20 more minutes, or until lightly browned

11)  Cool on wire rack. Cut into bars.

Source: http://www.fannetasticfood.com/2010/10/09/cranberry-caramel-date-bars/

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