I couldn't resist making them for my (amazing) neighbors. Hence the reason I don't have a picture of these actually cut into bars. It's all I could do to not dive into one... especially when they were hot out of the oven.
I hope you all had the merriest of holidays and have a happy happy happy new year!
serves 15 (at least!)
1 (12 ounce) package whole cranberries
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup water
1 package yellow cake mix
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the cranberries, white sugar, and water. Cook, stirring occasionally until all of the cranberries have popped, and the mixture is thick, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and set aside to cool.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, melted butter, and eggs. Stir in the oats, brown sugar, ginger, and cinnamon. Set aside about 1 1/2 cups of the mixture and spread the rest into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Pack down to form a solid crust, getting it as even as possible. Spread the cooled mixture over the crust. Pinch off pieces of the remaining mixture and place evenly over the cranberry layer.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top is lightly browned. Cool in the pan for about 40 minutes before slicing into bars.
These are so easy, so good, and make your house smell amazing while they're baking and cooling. Win. Win. Win.
I cooked the cranberries for 20 minutes and the bars for 35 minutes. They're delicious cool and amazing when they're warm... say, for breakfast... with coffee. Mmmm, now I'm wishing I had bought two bags of cranberries.