This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Red Diamond® Coffee and Tea. The opinions and text are all mine.
Grandma’s Easy Cranberry Oatmeal Bars
I am sharing another Grandma Betty recipe today! Thank you so much for all of the positive feedback to all of my shares of her recipes that I am recreating from her old handwritten recipe book. My Grandma loved easy recipes – just like me! So many of the dessert recipes in her cookbook are fairly simple. There are a few homemade cake recipes too. But you can tell, as the years went on, her cookbook was filled with recipes that used more store-bought items.
My Grandma Betty had 9 children and a ridiculous amount of grandchildren – I’m the oldest granddaughter. I’m pretty sure she was constantly exhausted until her children were old enough to pitch in and help out. Even then, she was probably a ball of worry.
So, I love that she took advantage of convenience items as she got older. I feel like her cookbook, in some way, tells a story. With all of the cocoa powder stains on it and the evolution of the recipes. It’s a story all her own told through food.
Iced Tea Love
My Grandma loved my sweet tea. Loved it. Over the years, when she came to visit, I would ask what she wanted to drink. She’d say “You got some of your sweet tea?” But, of course! My house is never without sweet tea – ever. Never ever. Recently, I had a chance to try some Red Diamond® Tea. Have y’all heard of this tea? I love their story. It’s a family story and they are a family-owned business based out of Birmingham, Alabama. Not too far from where my Momma was born. This tea is really good! It’s nearly impossible to mess it up because they’ve done all the work for you!
Three Generations of Perfection
Here’s what makes it special: Red Diamond®Coffee and Tea has a third generation relationship with their tea importers, but a 5th generation company heritage. This longstanding relationship allows them to source the finest quality tea from around the world year after year. Their blend of Orange Pekoe and Pekoe-cut black teas provides the highest quality iced tea. This descriptor refers to the part of the black tea leaf that is of highest quality when evaluating the individual tea leaves themselves. Note: Orange Pekoe refers to the type of tea leaf, not the flavor of the tea. Red Diamond® removes the stem as much as possible from their tea blends to provide the best tea flavor. It should be noted that this really reduces a lot of that bitterness you get from some other tea blends.
So, let’s get to this bar recipe. They are perfect for the holidays! They bake up and slice up beautifully that they make perfect gifts or to share at holiday cookie exchanges. Be sure to serve them up with a glass of iced Red Diamond® Tea! Or, to warm up from a cold day, serve Red Diamond® Tea warm with a touch of milk and drizzle of honey. My favorite!
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
4 cups light brown sugar
4 cups old-fashioned oatmeal (not quick cooking)
2 cups butter shortening, melted
1 (16 oz) can whole cranberry sauce*
Preheat oven to 350f degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, stir together flour, salt, baking soda, brown sugar and oatmeal.
Slowly add shortening and mix well.
Press half of the oatmeal mixture into prepared baking dish.
Spread cranberry sauce over oatmeal mixture.
Cover with remaining oatmeal mixture. Bake for about 50-60 minutes.
Allow to cool completely.
Then slice and serve.
Note: I know some folks are gonna question that shortening as an ingredient. I have only made these bars using this exact recipe. Feel free to make substitutions but I can only speak for this original recipe from Grandma.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 4 cups light brown sugar
- 4 cups old-fashioned oatmeal not quick-cooking
- 2 cups butter shortening melted
- 1 16 oz can whole cranberry sauce*
- Preheat oven to 350f degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, stir together flour, salt, baking soda, brown sugar and oatmeal.
- Slowly add shortening and mix well.
- Press half of the oatmeal mixture into prepared baking dish.
- Spread cranberry sauce over oatmeal mixture.
- Cover with remaining oatmeal mixture. Bake for about 50-60 minutes.
- Allow to cool completely.
- Then slice and serve.
*Cook's Notes: You want to purchase whole cranberry sauce. Not jellied sauce.