Cranberry Orange Bars

Cranberry Orange Bars

Unless this is your first visit, you may have noticed my blog looking pretty different. I finally was able to transfer to a new host over the weekend and while the transfer process itself was pretty painless, it didn’t really occur to me that my layout would not go with it! Imagine my surprise to learn that I would have to re-do everything! I don’t know why I was surprised, I read that before, but I just forgot. So, this is what you get in 24 hours folks! I hope you like it! Over the next couple of weeks, I will be tweaking some things and will be adding some new features so stay tuned!

Now, onto the good stuff, these cranberry orange bars! I have a holiday party to go to at my advisor’s house this weekend and agreed to bring dessert. I decided on a cookie tray so I hope you all like cookies! I also hope you like cranberries because I have a lot of them in my freezer to use up! Since I am so busy during the week because of work and school, I wanted to get a head start by baking some of the cookies and freezing them until the weekend. These cranberry bars are sweet and tangy. They are also pretty easy to make!

Cranberry Orange Bars

Yield: 20 bars

Cranberry Orange Bars

Cranberry Orange Bars

Cranberry Orange Bars - Delicious cranberry orange bars made with cake mix


  • 12-ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1 small orange, zested and juiced
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cups butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • Optional: 1 tsp. cinnamon


    1. In a saucepan, add the water and sugar. Stir until the sugar is absorbed. Add the rinsed cranberries, along with the orange juice and zest. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes until the cranberries pop and the mixture begins to thicken. Pour into a bowl and let cool completely (at least 1 hour).
    2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, add the cake mix, oats, melted butter, eggs, and cinnamon. Mix until everything is well-combined. Set aside about 1 1/2 cups of the mixture. In a 9×13 baking dish, spray with non-stick spray. With the remaining batter, spread and push down into
      pan, forming a crust.
    3. Spread the cooled cranberry sauce evenly over the “crust”. Then, with the 1 1/2 cups of batter you reserved, drop it by the spoonful evenly over the
      mixture. Then, with a knife or spoon, gently try to push down and spread some of each spoonful so it’s not as thick. You do not need to cover all of the cranberries and try to avoid pushing the batter down into the cranberry sauce.
    4. Bake for approximately 35 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Let the bars cool for at least 2 hours before cutting into bars (trust me on that one!)!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 228Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 254mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 2g



  1. Mmm, cranberry and orange is one of my favorite combos! And the blog is looking good to me :)

  2. Congrats on the move! I noticed the look right away and I look forward to the changes you will make in the future! I remember when I changed my host server too… it was a difficult week for me but I don’t think I had many readers back then so that’s the only good part… What a delicious cranberry orange bars! YUM! Perfect grab in the morning with my coffee. :-)

  3. I’m not a huge cranberry fan (I didn’t grow up with them in Germany), but your bars looks so moist and vibrant, I definitely would love to try them! Love the easy use of yellow cake mix.

  4. HaHa! This is my first time visiting :) Love your blog and I LOVE cranberries. Thanks for the recipe :)

  5. These look fantastic. I am way too hungry to be looking at them for breakfast!

  6. With all the summer berries gone, I am so glad that we have the cranberries to make use of in the fall and winter. This is a great go to recipe for the holidays, especially when you want to visit instead of spend your whole time in the kitchen! How I would love to have a bit of these delicious bars now..great post.

  7. These cookies look plump full of fruit and flavour. Really like their festive theme and that they are in bar form – so much easier to prepare!

  8. Oh yum! Cranberry and orange have been paired so wonderfully. Can’t wait to this recipe. :)

  9. I just did the same thing! What a pain it was too! But now that it’s done, it was SO worth every second it took. Looking great so far…

  10. Oh, the sweet, the tart, the oats…irresistible~

  11. I can understand that taking up 24 hours to realign the blog again as I have in fact spend more time to do so but suppose its part of learning and experience. These bars are so lovely and simply amazing but cranberries are quite expensive over at my place.

  12. Mmm how deliciously appropriate for the holidays! Love the use of cake mix. How easy!

  13. My eyes bugged out a little when I saw these–they look amazing!

  14. I think your site looks great. I am sure you will tweak it with time, but it’s a great start. Those bars are fantastic. What a yummy, thick layer of cranberry goodness!

  15. Great new site…it looks fantastic! Cannot wait to see when it is all finalized!

  16. Love the new look!! these look yummy- can i have one for an afternoon snack please?

  17. I am pretty impressed with what you did in 24 hours! Took me way longer to figure out mine.

    I love these bars. Cranberry and Orange go so well together!

  18. These look delicious! Come link up to my linky party, A Themed Baker’s Sunday, where the theme from now until Christmas weekend is Christmas! Come link up all your holiday treats! See you there!
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  19. I love ALL things cranberry!! And these bars look stunning!

  20. These looks fantastically moist and cake-y! Love the festive red that the cranberry gives these bars. Perfect for holiday gatherings!

  21. Wow! The cranberry orange bars look amazing and the blog looks GREAT! What a terrific, seasonal recipe!

  22. First, I love the new look! I noticed right away. How did you find transfering your wordpress blog? I was hoping to start a transfer to a self-hosting blog this weekend, but my domane name is too new, so I’ll have to wait a bit. And I love the bars! I love cranberries, especially when you use them with another fruit. I bet these won’t last long at your party!

  23. Love the new look – congrats! :)

    The bars look gorgeous and sound so festive! It almost looks like a crumble in the shape of a bar – genius! x

  24. sure wish I could just grab one right off the screen, they look so yummy. I love the combo of cranberry and orange.

  25. cranberry orange bars look delicious! would be perfect with a cup of black coffee :). sending some #cookielove to u!

  26. YUM!! These look amazing. I love cranberry anything this time of year :)

  27. YUM! Love cranberry and orange together! What a great recipe!

  28. What a delicious dessert!! Thanks for sharing this recipe with us!

  29. Stephanie! I don’t know what I’m more excited about: these *gorgeous* bars or the new look of your site?!! Go away for a couple of days and miss an eternity… :)

  30. Those look so delicious! I love dream bars, those almost look like cranberry dream bars. I could get into that.

  31. Congrats on top 9!!!!

  32. Beautiful looking dessert or should I say breakfast?… This looks so perfect for a long Sunday breakfast with a good cup of tea! :)

  33. Yay,,,congrats on top 9, you deseve it,i love orange zest on these bars,sound yummy !!

  34. I so love the combo of orange and cranberry! Congrats on Top 9!

  35. Love, love, LOVE these, Steph! Your site looks amazing and so do your fruit bars! :) Congrats on Top 9 :))

  36. I’ve been loving all of these cranberry recipes I’ve been seeing recently. Your photos look gorgeous. PS – nice new theme, I like the “snow” effect

  37. this looks and sounds delicious! I love the combination of all these ingredients!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

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  39. I made these this past weekend and can say they are good! Next time I’ll add a little more orange zest/juice ’cause I couldn’t taste it in the end product. Also, I prefer more of a crunch than a cake for the topping so I may add some almonds or walnuts or more (and toasted) oats. Definitely a keeper. Thanks so much.

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