November 21, 2016

Sour cream cranberry bars {Secret Recipe Club}

Sadly, today is my last post for the Secret Recipe Club because it is ending this month. I've enjoyed participating in it so much! I love making something from someone's blog and I really love seeing the recipe someone picked from mine. It also helped keep me motivated to post after having the babies. I will miss it a lot. For my last post, I was assigned to make a recipe from Our Eating Habits. This blog is written by Jamie who loves her family, Christmas, Disney, and, of course, food. While looking through her blog, I was looking for a Thanksgiving appropriate recipe and was tempted to make her Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie (still am a little!), Cranberry Cornbread, and Rosemary Au Gratin Potatoes. I ended up choosing her Sour Cream Cranberry Bars. I chose these because I think cranberries are so underutilized outside of juice and cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving dinner. I love to use them in recipes. I also thought these bars would make a nice non-pie Thanksgiving dessert and also a nice Christmas dessert to add to your cookie tray. Plus since I made Sour Cream Apple Pie, I'm really loving desserts with sour cream in them. The recipe below I modified just slightly.

Sour cream cranberry bars
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 
1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
2 cups quick oats
1-1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided 
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups dried cranberries
1 cup sour cream (full fat preferably)
1/2 cup sugar
zest of one lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

With an electric mixer, beat together the butter and brown sugar until light an fluffy. Mix in the oats, 1-1/2 cups flour, baking soda, and salt until combined. Firmly press half of the mixture into an ungreased 13x9" pan. Bake for 10 minutes.

Whisk the cranberries through egg, plus remaining 2 tablespoons of flour, together in a medium bowl.

When the crust has finished, spread the sour cream mixture on top. Then crumble the remaining crust on top. 

Bake for an additional 25-30 minutes, until the filling is set and the top is golden.

Let cool before cutting into squares.

What was I cooking one year ago?: cranberry apple pie
Two years ago?: butternut squash & cranberry muffins
Three years ago?: chana masala 
Four?: turnip & Yukon gold potato gratin 
Five?: orange & honey roasted rutabaga 
6?: Tex-Mex turkey-stuffed baked winter squash


  1. Sweet, tangy and loaded with my favourite cranberries...a divine sweet treat, Amy.

  2. I forgot about this recipe. I will also miss the fun of SRC, and seeing what recipe my assignment chose. You picked a good one, I may have to re-visit it this holiday season.

  3. Oh, I love this kind of bars... And I am so sorry too that SRC has come to an end.

  4. oooh, sounds like a great SRC choice! i'm so sad src is ending too. :( p.s. i think i'm trying your sour cream apple pie this week! at least that's the plan, as long as i have time.

  5. I love bars like these with oats and dried fruits. Sounds like your SRC was a wonderful group to belong to, will miss these posts.

  6. I love nutty fruity bars like this, especially for a quick breakfast or road trip. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

  7. These bars are great for a quick breakfast or for snacking... amazing pick for the last SRC post...

  8. Oh this looks delicious! Great SRC recipe!

  9. i've never seen sour cream incorporated into bars like this--what a great and delicious idea!

  10. These bars are so perfect for the holiday season! Such a great treat and definitely a wonderful last pick.

  11. Love cookies with soft interiors and these beat them all! Lots of textures, flavors and just overall goodness! Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. Neat recipe! This looks like a fun one, and I'll bet the flavors of this are wonderful. Great choice. And Happy Thanksgiving!

  13. I really like this idea for using dried cranberries as I always have some in the house at this time of year!

  14. These look amazing, I'll have to try them for christmas dinner!

  15. I would like more information about this, because it is very nice., Thanks for sharing. Weekend club in Dubai | Dubai holidays | Ladies night


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