Grandma Betty's Cranberry Oatmeal Bars have a layer of delicious cranberry sauce sandwiched in between layers of sweetened oatmeal!
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.
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.
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoon salt
1 ¼ teaspoon 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*
Cook's Notes: You want to purchase whole cranberry sauce. Not jellied sauce. See picture above. Also, the Red Diamond tea is for you to drink and enjoy with these bars - not one of the ingredients. 🙂
HOW TO MAKE CRANBERRY OATMEAL BARS:
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.
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.
Grandma B's Cranberry Oatmeal Bars
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ¼ teaspoon 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.