Monday, November 17, 2008

merry berry cheese bars

2 cups unsifted flour

1 1/2 cups oats

3/4 cup + 1 Tbsp firmly packed brown sugar

1 cup butter, softened

1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, softened

1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)

1/4 cup lemon juice (like Real Lemon)

1 (16oz) can whole cranberry sauce

2 Tbsp cornstarch

*Preheat oven to 350. 

*In mixing bowl, beat flour, oat, 3/4 cup sugar, and butter until crumbly.  Set aside 1 1/2 cups mixture; press remaining mixture on bottom of greased 13x9" baking pan.  Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned. 

*In medium mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy.  Gradually beat in condensed milk until smooth; stir in lemon juice.  Spread over baked crust.

*Combine cranberry sauce, cornstarch, and 1 Tbsp sugar.  Spoon over cheese layer.  Top with reserved crust mixture.

*Bake 45 minutes or until golden.

*Cool and cut into bars.  Refrigerate leftovers.

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