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Superbowl Party: Cranberry-Oat Cereal Bars

I’ve made these bars several times, and they’re always a big hit! They’re a nice change of pace from Rice Krispie Treats. Let me warn you though – don’t use the wax paper. Just spray your pan well. That wax paper has caused me major headaches in the past!

Cranberry-Oat Cereal Bars

Holding a square cereal bar with dried cranberries.

Cranberry-Oat Cereal Bars
Everyday Food September 2006

Makes 24
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

nonstick cooking spray
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 bag (10 ounces) marshmallows
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 cups toasted oat cereal
1 cup dried cranberries or raisins

1. Spray a 10-by-15-inch rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Line with waxed paper; spray paper with cooking spray, and set aside.

2. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add marshmallows and salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until marshmallows have melted, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in cereal and dried cranberries.

3. Immediately transfer mixture to prepared baking sheet. Using a spatula (or your fingers) coated with cooking spray, press in quickly and firmly. Let cool, about 1 hour; cut into 24 bars (3 rows lengthwise by 8 rows crosswise). Store in an airtight container up to 2 days.

Nutritional notes:
Per bar: 97 calories; 2.4 grams fat; 1.1 rams protein; 19.3 grams carbohydrates; 1.2 grams fiber

MacGourmet Rating: 5 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.

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