Cranberry and lemon are a perfect holiday combo in these Cranberry Lemon Gooey Bars.
I’m excited to have my friend Jenny from The Melrose Family back again this year for Bake Craft Sew. Last year she shared that fun Grinch Munch with us! Jenny and I are in a Mastermind group together and I always learn so much from her. Welcome Jenny! Be sure to check out all the other great ideas that are part of Bake Craft Sew over at Mique and Cindy’s blogs.
With the holidays just around the corner my family and I over at The Melrose Family are gearing up for some holiday baking. There are some flavors that just seems to scream the holidays like peppermint. I’m not a huge fan though so instead I have a tendency to bake with lemon, orange, cranberries and pomegranates. This holiday will not be an exception. Especially after tasting how perfect these Cranberry Lemon Gooey Bars came out. I outdid myself on these!
Cranberry Lemon Gooey Bars
I first realized my love for gooey bars last spring when I made my Strawberry Pink Velvet Gooey Bars. Gooey bars are by far my favorite type of bar. The soft flaky crust with the gooey cream cheese layer in the middle combined with your favorite fruit is a match made in heaven. I was inspired by my Orange Cornbread Cake because I realized with that recipe how amazing cranberries are with a citrus cake. Plus, the sugared cranberries in that recipe are always such a huge hit because they’re so pretty.
Something I learned the hard way the first time I made my gooey bars is that you absolutely have to wait until the bars have cooled before breaking into them. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a mess in your hands and they will not look anything like bars. They’ll just be bundles of cake bites. They’ll taste the same, but if you’re looking for bars make sure to let them cool before slicing them.
No matter what the reason or event is for making these gooey bars, you’ll be sure to impress your guests with the flavor. They are a great alternative or addition to your holiday pie spread. My husband isn’t a pie person so we always seem to have alternatives like our Raspberry Cheesecake Cupcakes or our Caramel Apple Bread Pudding. We certainly love options!
Cranberry Lemon Gooey Bars
- Lemon Supreme Cake Mix
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup of butter melted
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 cup of powdered sugar
- 1 cup fresh cranberries halved
- Preheat the oven at 350 F and line a 9 x 13 baking dish with tin foil. Spray the tin foil with cooking spray.
- Combine the lemon supreme cake mix, 1 egg and melted stick of butter for the crust.
- Push 2/3 of the crust onto the tin foil to create the crust layer.
- In a separate bowl combine the cream cheese, 2 eggs and powdered sugar.
- Place the cream cheese layer over the crust.
- Cover the cream cheese layer with the cranberries that are cut in half.
- Drop pieces of the leftover crust on top of the cranberry gooey layer.
- Bake for 45 minutes.
- Let cool before cutting into bars.
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