Easy Cranberry Cheesecake Bars Recipe

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Easy Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

Dee Stillwell


I found this recipe about 25 yrars ago in one of those holiday cookbooks at the checkout counter. I'm not sure which one because I have misplaced it. The orange zest is my own addition. I hope you enjoy these as much as we do. They are quick, easy, delicious and impressive enough for company. The cranberry swirled with the white cheesecake make them very festive looking for the holidays.

★★★★★ 1 vote
36 - 1 1/2"x2" bars
15 Min
45 Min


1 box
white cake mix
1/2 c
butter, softened
1 large
1/2 c
finely chopped pecans
1 - 8 oz pkg
creamed cheese, softened
1/4 c
powdered sugar
1 large
1/2 tsp
vanilla extract
1/4 tsp
freshly grated nutmeg
2 tsp
orange zest
1 can(s)
whole berry cranberry sauce


1Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9"x13" pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
2In mixer bowl blend together first four ingredients and mix until crumbly. Pat mixture into bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 6-8 minutes until crust is set but not browned.
3In bowl mix together creamed cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, egg and 1 teaspoon of the orange zest. Pour carefully over crust. Smooth evenly.
4In small bowl mix together cranberry sauce, nutmeg, and remaining orange zest. Spoon over creamed cheese layer in 3 rows. Draw knife thru back and forth to swirl cranberry into cheese cake layer.
5Bake for 30-40 minutes until creamed cheese mixture is set. Cool in pan and cut into 36 bars. Enjoy!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies, Fruit Desserts
Other Tag: Quick & Easy