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Cream Cheese Cranberry Bars

Cream Cheese Cranberry Bars, a rich, holiday cookie bar that resembles a luxurious slice of your favorite cheesecake.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cream Cheese Cranberry Bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 16 bars
Calories 537kcal
Author Cathy

Ingredients

Oat Mixture:

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 package (11 oz) white chocolate chip morsels

Cream Cheese Mixture:

  • 12 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice (strain pulp)
  • 2 tsps pure vanilla extract

Cranberry Sauce:

  • 2-2/3 cups whole berry cranberry sauce (this about 1-1/2 cans or 21 oz)
  • 3 tbsps corn starch

Instructions

  • 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

Notes

If you like bars with clean edges after they've been cut, refrigerate these overnight and slice while they are cold. 

Nutrition

Calories: 537kcal | Carbohydrates: 63.5g | Protein: 6.1g | Fat: 29.2g | Saturated Fat: 17.6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4.9g | Cholesterol: 51.5mg | Sodium: 89.5mg | Potassium: 74.5mg | Fiber: 1.8g | Sugar: 42.3g | Vitamin A: 73.9IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 25.5mg | Iron: 2.5mg