Recipe by EAGLE BRAND®
"Transform your canned cranberry sauce into these delectable treats!"
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Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour
1 1/2 cups
firmly packed brown sugar
butter or margarine, softened
1 (8 ounce) package
cream cheese, softened
1 (14 ounce) can
EAGLE BRAND® Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 (16 ounce) can
whole berry cranberry sauce
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.
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...?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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".
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!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Cranberry Cream Cheese Bars
Serving Size: 1/24 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 24
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 117
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