Chocolate Cranberry Oat Blondies

These are a quick tasty treat with the sweetness of chocolate, tartness of cranberries, heartiness of oats, and crunch of pecans.

1 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup orange juice
1½ cups flour
1½ cups oats
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
1½ cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350º. Microwave cranberries and orange juice in microwaveable bowl on high 30 seconds. Mix together flour, oats, baking powder, and salt, set aside. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until well blended. Mix in vanilla.  Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in cranberry mixture, chocolate chips, and pecans. Spread in a 13×9-inch pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

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