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Cranberry Cream Cheese Bars Recipe

Cranberry Cream Cheese Bars

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"Transform your canned cranberry sauce into these delectable treats!"

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Original recipe makes 1 - 13x9 inch pan Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large bowl, combine flour, oats, 3/4 cup brown sugar and butter; mix until crumbly. Reserving 1 1/2 cups crumb mixture, press remainder firmly on bottom of greased 13x9-inch baking pan. Bake 15 minutes.
  2. In small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk until smooth; stir in lemon juice. Spread evenly over prepared crust. In small bowl, combine remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and cornstarch; stir in cranberry sauce. Spoon evenly over cream cheese layer. Top with reserved crumb mixture.
  3. Bake 40 minutes or until golden. Cool. Chill. Cut into bars. Store covered in refrigerator.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 30, 2005

These were pretty good, but a little bland. I would maybe add some cinnamon to the crust/streusel topping. Also, after sitting out for a while they became a little wet and soggy. Keeping them chilled is a must.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 24, 2006

I hate to be the voice of dissent, but I didn't really like these that well. I took them for Thanksgiving yesterday, and other people seemed to like them okay, but I thought they had too much crust. I think they would be better without as much topping. I added some broken pecans to the top, and that gave them a little oomph, but otherwise they were kind of boring. People also thought they were date bars, because that's what they looked like, so I'm afraid I have to give them a low score for appearance too (since my family hates date bars!). Maybe they would have been better warm...?


37 Ratings

Nov 25, 2008

I can't go higher than 4 stars as-is. It's "good," not great. I doubled the cranberries per other suggestions, and believe that is necessary. I think I'll double the cream cheese next time & add an egg to make it more of a "real" cheese cake center, and I'll add some cinnamon to the crust/topping per previous comments. but I will try it again this holiday season until I find the right combo of ingredients!

Dec 18, 2007

This recipe is a good one - I like it and my coworkers LOVE it. Probably would be better with homemade cranberry sauce if you have it leftover(especially since I make mine with OJ - that would make these heavenly!) Some tweaking: I added half-teaspoon or so of cinnamon and a sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice to the crust - good flavor! Also, I only put about 3/4 cup of oats into the crust initially, and added more flour to make up for it. I think this made for a sturdier crust. I mixed an additional 1/4 cup of oats into just the topping part, to give it some crunch. I also sprinkled the top with additional brown sugar to give it more color.

Oct 26, 2006

this recipe is one of the best i have ever tried. i made home made cranberry sauce which made is so much better,my inlaws,and ex-inlaws really loved it, wants me to keep making it.

Nov 16, 2013

02-13 These were a big hit at our house! Very rich - a small piece really satisfies the sweet tooth. I reduced the sugar down to 2/3 cup. Perhaps a little more cranberry sauce would go well next time, but overall fabulous! Will definitely make more from time to time. Updated 11-13 - Have made these many more times, doubling the cranberry filling per other's suggestions and adding 1/4 tsp lemon extract to the cream cheese for an extra "zing".

Mar 04, 2011

These were good, but could have used a little more "zing". I will make them again, but will probably add a little more lemon flavoring.

Dec 10, 2010

This is one of my fave Christmas recipes but I know them as Merry Berry Bars! The first time I made them myself I accidentally used too much lemon juice--1/2 cup instead of 1/4. It actually was a happy accident b/c it was very good that way and I've made it that way since! Gives it an extra bit of zing!


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  • Calories
  • 290 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 31.6 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 36 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 13 g
  • 20%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 3.2 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 112 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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