Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Chocolate, Cranberry & Oat bars

As soon as I saw these in the December 2007 Kraft Magazine, I knew I needed to make them. So I did, the next day! They were so yummy and good for you! I substituted dark chocolate chips. Make sure you bake them long enough, the cooking times are def. off. It took me about 30 mins using a glass pan.

1 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup orange juice
1-1/2 cups flour
1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 tsp. CALUMET Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) margarine, softened
1-1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
4 squares BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used dark chocolate chips)
1/2 cup PLANTERS Pecan Pieces (I omitted these)

PREHEAT oven to 350ºF. Combine cranberries and orange juice in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 30 sec. Let stand 10 min. Meanwhile, combine flour, oats, baking powder and salt; set aside. Beat margarine and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing well after each addition. Stir in cranberry mixture, chocolate and pecans.
SPREAD dough into 13x9-inch baking pan sprayed with cooking spray.
BAKE 20 to 22 min. (see notes) or until center is set. Cool completely on wire rack before cutting into bars. (I agree with the other reviewers on Kraft foods, there is something wrong with the cooking times on these, using a glass 9x13 pan it took closer to 30+ minutes)

I got this recipe off the Kraft Foods magazine.**6*187&wf=9&recipe_id=107778