Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Oatmeal Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

I made these for a work Thanksgiving party (and some extra for us!) and they were a hit!


I started by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and then I sprayed a 9x13 inch pan with non-stick spray.


I then measured 2 cups of all-purpose flour and poured it in a large bowl.


In that same bowl, I added 1 1/4 cups of quick oats...


... and 3/4 cup of packed brown sugar.


I mixed the dry ingredients and then got started on the wet.


This recipe calls for 1 cup (2 sticks) of unsalted butter, but I didn't plan ahead and melted it on the stove in a small saucepan.

(Tip: Be careful when melting butter in the microwave. The water evaporates quickly and the fat causes the butter to explode. Use a cover if you use the microwave.)


I then added the butter...


... and mixed it with a hand mixer. You can use a stand mixer if you have one.


I set 1 1/2 cups of the crumb mixture aside for the topping.


I poured the rest of the crumb mix into the 9x13 pan.


I pressed the crust down and put it in the oven for 15 minutes.


To make the cheesecake filling, I started by putting 1/2 cup of sugar into the same bowl I used for the crumb mix.


I had added 12 oz (1 1/2 bars) of softened cream cheese before. 


I went ahead and creamed the cream cheese/sugar mix.


To the cream cheese layer, I included 2 tsp of fresh lemon juice.


I also added 1 tsp of vanilla extract and 2 eggs.


All mixed up!


In another bowl, I added a can of whole cranberry sauce...


... and 2 tsp of corn starch.


It's all ready!


After 15 minutes, the crust looks great!


I poured in the cheesecake layer and spread it evenly over the crust.


I then spooned the cranberry sauce over the cheesecake layer...


... and gently smoothed it over with a spatula (the back of a spoon will work too).


I then took the crumb mix that I set aside and sprinkled it oven the filling.


I threw it in the oven for 40 minutes and it came out smelling wonderful! Make sure you let the bars cool for at least 3 hours -- overnight would be better.


In the morning, I cut them up and put them on a cake pedestal. Yum!


If you try this recipe -- let me know how it worked and feel free to add a picture!

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