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Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cheese Bars

Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cheese Bars

A tasty treat for fall and winter holidays. A crunchy chocolate chip, cranberry and orange-scented bar is balanced with a lightly sweetened layer of cream cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 2 cups (12-ounce package) NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 cup Ocean Spray® Craisins® Sweetened Dried Cranberries
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14 ounce) can CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  2. Beat butter and brown sugar in large mixer bowl until creamy.
  3. Gradually beat in flour, oats and orange peel until crumbly.
  4. Stir in morsels and cranberries; reserve 2 cups mixture.
  5. Press remaining mixture onto bottom of prepared baking pan.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Beat cream cheese in small mixer bowl until smooth.
  8. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk.
  9. Pour over hot crust; sprinkle with reserved flour mixture.
  10. Bake for additional 25 to 30 minutes or until center is set.
  11. Cool in pan on wire rack.
  12. Cut into bars.

NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE® and CARNATION® are registered trademarks of Société des Produits Nestlé S.A., Vevey Switzerland.

Reprinted with permission from Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.


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