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cranberry oatmeal cheesecake bars

★★★★★ 1
a recipe by
Suzanne Larsen
Ankeny, IA

The first time I made these bar cookies, I messed up the recipe. I realized about five minutes in, I had added the cream cheese at the wrong time. Let me tell mistake was fabulous. Since then, I've changed the recipe to fit my mistake, and these are a winner every time. Please note, in the first baking, you may want to cook the dough shorter or longer depending on how hot your oven is and how quickly the dough browns. Enjoy these great cookie bars.

★★★★★ 1
serves Several
prep time 30 Min
cook time 1 Hr
method Bake

Ingredients For cranberry oatmeal cheesecake bars

  • 18 oz
    pillsbury® refrigerated sugar cookie roll
  • 1 c
    old-fashioned oats (not instant)
  • 1/4 c
    brown sugar, packed
  • 3 pkg
    8-ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 3
  • 1 can
    whole berry cranberry sauce (16 ounces)
  • 1/2 c
    granulated sugar

How To Make cranberry oatmeal cheesecake bars

  • 1
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • 2
    In a large bowl, break up the cookie dough.
  • 3
    Add two packages of the softened cream cheese to the cookie dough.
  • 4
    Stir in the oats and brown sugar until crumbly.
  • 5
    In an ungreased, 13x9-inch pan, press the dough mixture evenly to form the crust. Note: At this point, you may have enough dough left over to fill another pan, although you may not have enough to fill another 13x9 pan; use accordingly in a different-sized pan.
  • 6
    Bake the dough for 15-25 minutes or until a light golden brown (how long you bake the dough will depend on how hot your oven is). Watch the dough carefully so it doesn't get too brown. DO NOT bake this dough until completely cooked.
  • 7
    When the dough is lightly brown, remove it from the oven and let it cool a bit.
  • 8
    Meanwhile, in the bowl of your stand mixer, beat the remaining package of cream cheese with the flour, granulated sugar and eggs on medium speed until smooth.
  • 9
    On the cooled, partially baked crust, spread the cream cheese mixture over the crust. Note: Save a little bit to mix with the cranberry sauce.
  • 10
    Stir the little bit of cream cheese mixture with the whole cranberry sauce, breaking it up completely.
  • 11
    Spoon the cranberry sauce over the cream cheese on top of the crust.
  • 12
    Return the crust to the oven.
  • 13
    Bake 23-28 minutes longer or until the edges are browned and the filling is set.
  • 14
    Remove the crust from the oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack (approximately 90 minutes).
  • 15
    Cut into bars and store the remaining cookie-bars, covered, in the refrigerator.