Wednesday, December 10, 2014

2014 Daily December 10--Merry Berry Cheese Bars

I have had this recipe since 1998 from Eagle Brand.  It is one of my favorite to make around Christmas.  It uses a can of whole berry cranberry sauce, and this year I had made my own cranberry sauce and used that, so I think it was extra good. 
Merry Berry Cheese Bars

2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups oats
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 (16 oz) can whole berry cranberry sauce
2 tablespoons cornstarch

Preheat oven to 350.  In a mixer beat flour, oats, 3/4 cup brown sugar and butter until crumbly.  Set aside 1 1/2 cups mixture.  Press remaining mixture onto bottom of greased 13x9 baking pan.  Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly brown.

In a mixer beat cream cheese until fluffy.  Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk until smooth.  Stir in lemon juice and spread over baked crust.  

Combine cranberry sauce, corn starch and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar.  Spoon over cheese layer.  Top with reserved crumb mixture.

Bake 45 minutes or until golden.  Cool and cut.  Store leftovers in refrigerator. 

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