Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

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A great dessert option for your next holiday party, these sweet cheesecake bars have an oat crust and a cranberry-orange sauce that's swirled on top and baked right in.

cranberry cheesecake bars
Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
6 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 45 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries

  • ½ cup orange juice

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (see Tip)

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • ½ cup regular rolled oats

  • ½ cup whole-wheat flour

  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar (see Tip)

  • ¼ cup butter, melted

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar (see Tip)

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • ¼ cup fat-free milk

  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan bring cranberries, orange juice and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer 10 to 15 minutes or until slightly thick. Cool slightly. Transfer to a food processor; cover and process until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl (should have about 1/3 cup); discard solids. Wash processor bowl and blade.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a 13x9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. For crust, place oats in food processor; cover and process until coarsely ground. In a small bowl combine ground oats, flour, brown sugar and melted butter. Press onto bottom of the prepared pan (crust will be thin).

  3. In a large bowl beat cream cheese, 3/4 cup granulated sugar and vanilla with a mixer on medium until smooth. Beat in milk. Stir in eggs just until combined.

  4. Spread cream cheese mixture over crust. Drop cranberry mixture by teaspoonfuls onto cream cheese mixture. Swirl slightly to marble.

  5. Bake 25 minutes or until edges are puffed and center is set. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cover and chill 4 to 24 hours before serving. Cut into bars, wiping knife between cuts.

Tips

Tip: We do not recommend using sugar substitutes for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

135 Calories
7g Fat
15g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Serving Size 1 bar
Calories 135
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 4g 7%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Vitamin A 282IU 6%
Vitamin C 3mg 4%
Folate 10mcg 2%
Sodium 92mg 4%
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 0mg 2%
Magnesium 8mg 2%
Potassium 71mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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