Cranberry-Caramel Squares

1 cup fresh cranberries
2 Tbls sugar
½ tsp. fresh lemon juice
2⅓ cup all purpose flour, divided
½ tsp. baking soda
2 cups uncooked regular oats
½ cup sugar
½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
¼ cup toasted pecans, finely chopped
1 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 10 oz package chopped dates
¾ cup chopped pecans
1 12 oz jar caramel sauce

Stir together cranberries, lemon juice and 2 tablespoons sugar in a small bowl; set aside. Combine 2 cups flour and next 5 ingredients. Stir in melted butter until crumbly. Reserve 1 cup flour mixture. Press remaining mixture into bottom of a lightly greased 9"x13" baking dish. Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with dates, pecans, and cranberry mixture. Stir together caramel sauce and remaining ⅓ cup flour, spoon over cranberries. Sprinkle with reserved flour mixture. Bake 20 more minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Baking time: 35 minutes
Yield: 2 dozen