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Cheesecake Cranberry Bars Recipe

I like to serve these wonderful bars as one of the desserts for Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone always goes back for seconds!—Kris Lehman
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling YIELD:30 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup vanilla or white chips
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats and brown sugar. Cut in butter until crumbly. Reserve 1 cup for the topping. Stir in chips to the remaining mixture. With floured fingers, press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until light. Add the milk, lemon juice and vanilla; beat until smooth. Pour over the crust. Combine the cornstarch and cranberry sauce until blended. Spoon over the cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with the reserved crust mixture.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until center is set. Cool for 1 hour on a wire rack. Cover and refrigerate. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 202 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 95 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.