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Cranberry Cheese Bars

Cranberry Cheese BarsThese rich, creamy and delicious dessert bars are perfect for satisfying your family’s sweet tooth!

2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk*
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 (16 oz) can whole berry cranberry sauce

1. In a large mixer bowl, combine the flour, oats, 3/4 cup of brown sugar and butter or margarine; mix until crumbly. Reserve 1-1/2 cups of crumb mixture; press remainder firmly on bottom of greased 13×9-inch baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

2. In a small mixer bowl, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Stir in lemon juice. Spread mixture evenly over prepared crust.

3. In a small bowl, combine remaining 1 tablespoon brown sugar and cornstarch; stir in cranberry sauce. Spoon mixture evenly over cheese layer. Top with the reserved crumb mixture. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes or until golden. Cool and chill. Store covered in refrigerator. Makes 24 to 36 bars.

* Do Not use evaporated milk!


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