Cranberry-Orange Cheesecake Bars
These cranberry-orange cheesecake bars are a favorite around the holidays or any time of the year!
- Serves: 12 persons
- ½cup butter, softened
- ⅓cup packed brown sugar
- ½cup chopped walnuts
- 1cup all-purpose flour
- 2(8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- ½cup white sugar
- 1cup dried cranberries
- 6tablespoons orange juice
- 2eggs, beaten
- 1tablespoon grated orange zest
- 1teaspoon vanilla extract
Step 1Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Step 2Combine butter and brown sugar in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Stir in flour and walnuts until crumbly. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch square baking dish.
Step 3Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Remove and allow to cool.
Step 4Meanwhile, combine cream cheese and white sugar in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Add cranberries, orange juice, eggs, orange zest, and vanilla extract, mix until well combined. Spread cream cheese filling onto cooled crust.
Step 5Bake until surface of cheesecake is firm except for a small spot in the center that will jiggle when the pan is gently shaken, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack, and allow the cheesecake to cool at room temperature, about 1 hour. Refrigerate until completely chilled, 4 hours to overnight.
Step 6Cut into 12 bars and serve.