Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Apple Cranberry Bars

I'm constantly researching recipes and creating original ones. I don't necessarily wait until Fall to post holiday recipes. I just saw this one on my list to post on the blog. These bars can be enjoyed any time of the year.

Apple Cranberry Bars

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
1 - 9" X 13" casserole dish, brushed well with Pan Release Mix. (equal parts of Crisco, Vegetable Oil and Flour) I start with 1 C of each mixed well and refrigerated. I always have it available for all of my baking needs.

Cranberry Apple Bars

2 C Flour
1 1/2 C Old Fashioned Oats
1/4 C Brown Sugar
16 TBS (2 sticks) Butter, cubed
2 C White Chocolate Chips
8 oz. Cream Cheese, room temperature
1 - 14 oz. can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/4 C Fresh Lemon Juice
1 tsp Vanilla
1 - 21 oz. can of Apple Cranberry Pie Filling

In a large mixing bowl:
Brown Sugar
Mix just to combine with a blending fork.
Cut in Butter with a Pastry Blender, until it forms a crumble.
Fold in White Chocolate Chips, by hand.
Set aside 2 1/2 C of the crumble.
Press the remaining crumble in the the casserole dis and set aside.

In a Stand Mixer with a paddle attachment:
Cream Cheese
Beat until smooth and creamy.
Lemon Juice
Beat until smooth.
Spread this over the base.
Spread the Pie Filing over the Cream Cheese.
Sprinkle evenly with the remaining crumble.

Bake for 35 - 40 minutes.
Remove the dish to a rack and cool completely.
Refrigerate at least 1 hour or more, before serving.
Cut into squares to serve.

Peace in the Kitchen!

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