Chocolate Cranberry Bars

These Chocolate Cranberry Bars have a kind of granola bar taste, yet they are a sweeter cookie version, very delicious. Nothing could be yummier than a bar cookie made with sweetened condensed milk, peanut butter chips, dried cranberries, and walnuts over a chocolate crust. It's hard to decide whether to eat them for dessert or breakfast, so why not both?

Recipe adapted from Hershey's Recipe Collection Cookbook

Chocolate Cranberry Bars

2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs (about 60 wafers, crushed)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons sugar
2/3 cup (or 10 2/3 tablespoons) cold butter, cut into pieces
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 1/3 cups (6 ounce package) sweetened dried cranberries or 1 1/3 cups raisins
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the vanilla wafers in a food processor; process until finely crushed. Add the cocoa, sugar, and butter; process until mixture is crumbly. Press mixture evenly on bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture; sprinkle evenly with peanut butter chips and dried cranberries. Sprinkle nuts on top; press down firmly. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cover with foil; let stand several hours before cutting into bars and serving. Makes 36 bars.

Process the vanilla wafers, then add the cocoa, sugar, and butter and process to make the mixture for the crust.

Press the mixture into the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.

Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the crust.

Sprinkle a layer of peanut butter chips over the sweetened condensed milk.

Add the cranberries . . .

. . . and the walnuts . . . 

. . . then bake for 25 to 30 minutes.



  1. Oh, could all the healthy ingredients out do the 'evil' ones? (LOL) This looks like something that I could hide in the closet with over the holidays.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

  2. These look delicious! I love the idea of using cranberries for something other than sauce. I love granola, so these would be right up my alley.

  3. Anita, these sound delicious. I know my family would love them. This is my first visit to your blog so I took some extra time to browse around. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  4. Those are beautiful! I bet they taste awesome. Thanks for sharing at Crazy Sweet Tuesday! :)

  5. These look really good and your pictures showing each step are GREAT! Have a great day!

  6. This looks AMAZING! Thanks for stopping by Reading Confetti!

  7. Yummy, Anita, that's what I have to say!! I love cranberries & this is perfect for the upcoming holidays!!

  8. For some strange reason when I visit you I always have an urge to lick my computer screen!

  9. This will be a good recipe for my Christmas cookie tray!

  10. This looks wonderful! I'd like to invite you to link up at Tastetastic Thursday!

  11. Yum! What a great recipe! I love cranberries!

  12. Oh my goodness, these look amazing - love anything with cranberries, and I can make this gluten-free with just a few changes!

  13. YUM!!! Man, these look good!
    I was just working on my blog post for your Cream Cheese Cranberry Muffins, and then came here to see THESE. Must try these too! Then I looked at your chicken dumpling casserole. I'm really hunger now :-)

    Anita, I'll be posting that recipe this weekend. I'll let you know when it's up! Thank you again so much!

  14. Hi Anita,
    I love the combination of Chocolate and Cranberries and your bars look awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  15. These look fabulous! Thanks so mucb for linking them up at Muffin Monday!

  16. I'm sorry, I meant Sweet Temptations (not Muffin Monday). Thanks again!

  17. These look great, cranberries for Thanksgiving! :o)

    Thanks for linking up to Momtrends Friday Food!

  18. These look so festive. I would even consider them healthy - guilt-free. Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  19. Looks delish!

    We'd love for you to share your recipes with us at

    Simply Delish Saturday