Sour Cream Cranberry Bars

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Are you looking for a dessert that is good for Fall? Well I have just the one for you! They are Sour Cream Cranberry Bars. They use dried cranberries. I wasn’t so sure about this recipe at first but after making them and trying one I was hooked. What an amazing taste!

This is a fairly easy to make. Just follow the steps in the recipe. That’s all I did since I’d never made it before. I didn’t have regular dried cranberries around so I used Craisins instead. Craisins are very similar to dried cranberries. They are great for snacking but seemed just as good for putting in a dessert too which turned out great with them in it.

When the bars are done you’ll notice that when you try the bars the cranberry filling flavor is really is good between the buttery crust and the crumbled topping.

Sour cream cranberry bars

Sour Cream Cranberry Bars


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 -1/2 cups flour + two tbsp of flower
  • 2 cups dried cranberries
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp grated lemon peel
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Combine oats and 1-1/2 cups flour; add to the creamed mixture until blended.
  4. Set aside 1-1/2 cups for topping.
  5. Press remaining crumb mixture into an ungreased 13x9-inch baking pan.
  6. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
  7. In a large bowl, combine the cranberries, sour cream, sugar, egg, lemon peel, vanilla and the 2 tbsp of flour.
  8. Spread evenly over crust.
  9. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
  10. Bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.
  11. Cool on a wire rack.


Use A Clear Baking Dish

This clear baking dish is perfect for baking Cranberry bars in. It shows off what the bars look like especially when you put the lid on with the red edging. It highlights the color of the cranberry filling. How perfect is that!

 Anchor Hocking 3 Quart Glass Oblong with Lid – Clear/red

Craisins In Desserts

If you don’t have regular dried cranberries to use; craisins are great option to use. They are similar to the regular dried ones as you see in these two products. When not in desserts, both are great for snacking on!

 Ocean Spray Craisins-64 oz Dried Cranberries, 1LB


Cheryl is a true blue Wisconsinite with excellent writer skills, organization and experience. She writes about foods, crafts, product reviews plus anything else that catches her interest. She’s known as CherylFay and Jerzimom out on the web where she writes often. You can sample her articles here and find her at Cheryl Fay’s Corner and at The Writer’s Door.

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