Cranberry Cheesecake Bars Recipe
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Cranberry Cheesecake Bars Recipe

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"I came across this recipe several years ago, and it's become a family favorite," shares Rhonda Lund of Laramie, Wyoming. A crumbly oat topping and crust sandwich the smooth cream cheese and sweet-tart cranberry fillings.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
Healthy Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 can (14 ounces) fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Nutritional Facts

One serving bar equals 142 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 67 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, oats, brown sugar and butter; mix until crumbly. Press 2-1/2 cups of the crumb mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the milk, egg whites, vanilla and remaining flour. Spoon over prepared crust. In a small bowl, combine the cranberry sauce and cornstarch. Spoon over cream cheese mixture.
  3. Sprinkle with the remaining crumb mixture. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until the center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack before cutting. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Cranberry Cheesecake Bars in Light & Tasty February/March 2003, p59

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Reviewed Nov. 9, 2015

"Question: Do these bars with condensed milk, cream cheese and eggs need to be refrigated after being baked? Also can they be frozen successfully?"

Reviewed May. 26, 2014

"The cranberry is very subtle, but these are wonderful. Dangerous to have around. Thank you for a recipe I will make over and over again. Based on another review, I didn't use all of the left over crumbs for topping. Try them, these are good!!"

Reviewed Aug. 26, 2013

"These bars were very good. A nice dessert for Thanksgiving. Makes a nice light treat after all that filling food.

Also made and took to work, everyone loved them. Thanks for the recipe."

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2012

"i have made many time i really enjoy this bars"

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"I made these last night to take to a Super Bowl party. The recipe really makes a big batch! I think the reason other reviewers are finding them "bland", "ok", or not as tart as expected, is because there is too much of the crumb mixture. Next time I will reduce it by about 1 cup. It would also be good to add another full or half can of cranberries. But overall, tasty. And I was asked for the recipe!"

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