Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

These oat-crusted cranberry cheesecake bars are a great dessert option for your next holiday party.

Cranberry cheesecake bars with oat crust on a plate

Ingredients

 
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar*
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • ½ cup regular rolled oats
  • ½ cup whole-wheat flour
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar*
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 2 (8 ounce) packs reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup fat-free milk
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten

*We do not recommend using sugar-substitutes for this recipe

 

Directions

 

Step 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.
 

Step 2

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Lightly coat a 13” x 9” 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.)
 

Step 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.
 

Step 4

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

Step 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.
 

Nutrition Facts

 

Per serving: Serving Size 1 bar 

135 calories

Total carbohydrate 15g

Dietary fiber 1g

Total sugars 11g

Protein 4g

Total fat 7g

Saturated fat 4g

Cholesterol 50mg

Vitamin A 282iu

Vitamin C 3mg

Folate 10mcg

Sodium 92mg

Calcium 34mg

Iron 0mg

Magnesium 8mg

Potassium 71mg

  Recipe © EatingWell Kitchen
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