Don’t wait for Thanksgiving to enjoy cranberries. These Cranberry Cheesecake Bars are delicious any time of year.
This recipe is a little late for Thanksgiving this year but it is just in time for the upcoming holiday baking season.
We are kicking off with a good one. Cranberry Cheesecake Bars will make a great addition to any holiday party or holiday cookie plate you may be putting together in December. They are yummy!
This recipe is a combination of two of my favorite bar cookie recipes. The cream cheese layer from my lemon cheesecake bars and the crust and topping from the yummy sour cream apple bars. I added a cranberry layer and created a whole new yummy bar cookie.
They got two thumbs up from my husband and my friends who tried them and I loved them too.
I added brown sugar into the whole cranberries to sweeten them up a bit and a little cornstarch to thicken it. It makes a lovely surprise in between the cream cheese layer and the crunchy topping.
So if you have a can of leftover whole cranberries or even if you don’t – go out and buy one and give these yummy bars a try. You won’t be sorry – I promise. Trust me on this one!!
- 1 C butter softened
- 1 C firmly packed brown sugar
- 2 C uncooked quick cooking oats
- 1 C flour
- 1 C chopped pecans
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 8 oz. cream cheese softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp. milk
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 16oz. can of whole berry cranberry sauce
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp corn starch
Heat oven to 350 degrees
Combine butter and brown sugar in large bowl
Beat at medium speed until creamy
Add remaining crust ingredients and beat until well mixed
Press HALF of crust mixture onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9 pan
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until light golden brown
While baking make cheesecake layer
Combine the cream cheese layer ingredients; mix well
Also put together the cranberry layer.(see below)
Gently pour the cream cheese filling over the hot, partially baked crust
Gently spoon cranberry layer over the top of the cream cheese layer
Sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture over the top and gently press down
Bake at 350 for about 30-40 minutes or until top is golden brown
Mix all ingredients together
Spoon over cream cheese layer
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