This recipe is one I've made several times. It's super easy, and a nice change from Rice Krispie Treats. I use a 9"x13" pan instead of a baking sheet so they're a little thicker. Make sure you remember to spray the top of the wax paper too, otherwise you'll have a very sticky mess...that's right, I goofed and it was a big pain to try to get them out of the pan. Oops! On a similar note - if you're going to store them and plan to stack them on top of each other, put some wax paper in between the layers.

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

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