Cream Cheese Cranberry Bars, a rich, holiday cookie bar that resembles a luxurious slice of your favorite cheesecake.
Keyword Cream Cheese Cranberry Bars
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 40minutes
Total Time 50minutes
1/2 cupfinely chopped walnuts
1/4cuppacked light brown sugar
1cup (2 sticks)unsalted butter, room temperature
1package (11 oz) white chocolate chip morsels
Cream Cheese Mixture:
12 ozcream cheese, room temperature
1can (14 oz)sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cupfresh orange juice (strain pulp)
2tspspure vanilla extract
2-2/3cups whole berry cranberry sauce (this about 1-1/2 cans or 21 oz)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl combine oats, flour, chopped walnuts, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut in butter until the flour mixture is crumbly, then add the white morsels and stir. Reserve 2 cups of this mixture and set aside for the topping.
Press the remaining oat mixture into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish.
In a separate large bowl, using a mixer, beat the cream cheese until creamy, add sweetened condensed milk, orange juice and vanilla extract and mix well, until smooth and pour over oat mixture.
In a medium bowl mix together cranberry sauce, and corn starch. Spoon over the cream cheese mixture (don’t spread it), and sprinkle the reserved oat mixture top.
Bake for 35-40 minutes or toothpick comes out clean. It should be lightly golden brown on top. If the edges get to dark before it’s done baking, you can place some foil around the edges.
Let cool completely, cut into squares and serve. I like it plain, but, you can always garnish it by adding a scoop of ice cream or cool whip with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Cover and refrigerate any left overs
If you like bars with clean edges after they've been cut, refrigerate these overnight and slice while they are cold.