Easy Cranberry Bars

    1 hour 10 minutes

    This is an usual use for cranberry sauce - baked into delicious bars with cream cheese and rolled oats. Not at all hard to make.

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    Serves: 24 

    • 2 cups (250g) plain flour
    • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
    • 3/4 cup brown sugar
    • 250g butter, softened
    • 250g cream cheese
    • 1 (400g) can sweetened condensed milk
    • 1/4 cup lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons cornflour
    • 500g whole berry cranberry sauce

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:55min  ›  Ready in:1hour10min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
    2. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, oats and 3/4 cup of brown sugar. Cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of this mixture and press the remaining mixture into the bottom of a 20x30cm pan.
    3. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese with sweetened condensed milk until light and fluffy. Stir in the lemon juice and spread the mixture evenly over the prepared crust. Empty the cranberry sauce into a small bowl and stir in the cornflour and brown sugar. Spoon over the cream cheese layer. Sprinkle the top with the reserved crust mixture.
    4. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven until top is golden. Let cool completely before cutting into bars. Store covered in the refrigerator.

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    This is absolutely decadent! I made a slight change after the first time I made the recipe. I wanted more cranberry sauce so I added a second can, doubled the corn starch, and omitted the brown sugar that was added to the cranberry sauce to make it a little more tart! But the basic recipe is incredible! I've taken it to 3 parties so far and it always gets gobbled up first and gets rave reviews! Thanks for my new favorite recipe!--Kim Johnston  -  06 Dec 2001  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    These are absolutely delicious! I didn't have any whole cranberry sauce, so I used a can of jellied cranberry sauce and omitted the corn starch. They were great! Reminds me of the raspberry cheese bars that I make. You could also use any flavor of jam or preserves without the corn starch and extra brown sugar..  -  17 Nov 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Needed more cranberries! It was good, but tasted more like a cheese cake with strudle on top. I would add another can of cranberry sauce as 1 only left blobs in the middle to mix in, not enough to make an actual layer. Very tasty way to use up left over cranberry sauce.  -  13 Dec 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)