Cranberry Cheese Bars

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Cranberry Cheese Bars are a layered dessert with an oatmeal base, cream cheese layer, tart cranberry filling and finished off with oat crumbs! A favorite holiday dessert!

squares of Cranberry Cheese Bars piled on top of each other

Some recipes are just automatically reserved for the holidays. I’m not sure why that is when they’re so delicious we should be enjoying them year-round, but it just seems to happen to some recipes.

This one for Cranberry Cheese Bars is no exception. I’ve been making this recipe for probably close to 15 years, but I think the only time I ever make it is between Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Maybe because it’s so delicious I know I would eat way too much of it if I made it other months. Maybe it’s because the red in the cranberries just seems holiday-ish.

I don’t really know the reason, but I do know these bars would be amazing any time of the year!

How To Make Cranberry Cheese Bars

These yummy bars have a few different layers to them, but I promise that each layer on it’s own is very simple! You’ll just have a few extra bowls to wash but it will be worth it!

Oat Layer

In a large bowl, combine the following ingredients:

  • flour
  • oats
  • brown sugar

Stir that together really well and then cut in softened butter. Keep cutting it in until coarse crumbs form.

Then try not to just eat this by the spoonful! This layer is so yummy and my absolute favorite!

But back to the recipe, after you have your coarse crumbs, scoop out 1.5 cups and put it in a small bowl that you set aside.

Press the rest of the crumb mixture into the bottom of a 13×9 pan and bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

overhead shot of oat bars

Cream Cheese Layer

While that’s baking, you can get your next layer ready.

In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk together until nice and smooth. Then stir in lemon juice.

When the crust comes out of the oven, pour the cream cheese layer over it.

Cranberry layer

In another small bowl, combine the can of cranberry sauce with the cornstarch and brown sugar. Pour over the cream cheese layer and smooth out until it’s even.

Then sprinkled the reserved oat mixture over the cranberry layer.

Bake for another 35-40 minutes or until the top is golden.

Let cool completely before cutting into bars and be sure to store extras in the refrigerator.

squares of Cranberry Cheese Bars piled on top of each other

squares of Cranberry Cheese Bars piled on top of each other
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Cranberry Cheese Bars

Cranberry Cheese Bars are a layered dessert with an oatmeal base, cream cheese layer, tart cranberry filling and finished off with oat crumbs! A favorite holiday dessert!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry cheese bars
Servings: 24
Calories: 273kcal
Author: The Endless Appetite

Ingredients

Oat Layer

  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1.5 cups Oats
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Butter softened

Cream Cheese Layer

  • 8 oz Cream Cheese softened
  • 14 oz. Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/4 cup Lemon Juice

Cranberry Layer

  • 16 oz Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. Cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp. Brown Sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Oat Layer

  • In a large bowl, combine flour, oats and brown sugar. Stir well to combine.
  • Cut in softened butter until coarse crumbs form.
  • Set aside 1.5 cups of crumb mixture. Press the remaining crumb mixture firmly into the bottom of a 13x9 pan. Bake for 15 minutes.

Cream Cheese Layer

  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk until light and fluffy.
  • Stir in lemon juice. Pour cream cheese filling over baked crust.

Cranberry Layer

  • In a small bowl, combine cranberry sauce, cornstarch and brown sugar. Stir well to combine.
  • Pour over cream cheese mixture evenly.
  • Sprinkle remaining 1.5 cups oat mixture over the cranberry layer.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes until the top is golden brown. Cool completely before cutting. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

Nutrition

Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 415IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 1mg

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