Cranberry Chocolate Chip Bars

Kathleen Riemer



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1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups uncooked old-fashioned oats
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, with an electric beater on medium speed, cream butter and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in flour, oats, and orange peel; mixture will be crumbly. With a spoon, stir in chocolate chips and cranberries. Reserve 2 cups of the mixture and press remaining mixture into prepared baking pan. Bake 15 minutes. In a medium bowl, with an electric beater on medium speed, beat cream cheese until smooth then gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk. Pour over hot crust and sprinkle with reserved oat mixture. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until center is set. Allow to cool then cover and chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Cut into bars and serve.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Fruit Desserts