Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cheese Bars

Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cheese Bars
Makes:
36
Prep Time:
20
minutes
Total Time:
45
minutes
based on
36 reviews
Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cheese Bars are a tasty treat for fall and winter holidays. This crunchy chocolate chip, cranberry and orange-scented bar is balanced with a lightly sweetened layer of cream cheese.

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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-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 cup OCEAN SPRAY® CRAISINS® Original Dried Cranberries
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk

Directions:

PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

BEAT butter and brown sugar in large mixer bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in flour, oats and orange peel until crumbly. Stir in morsels and cranberries; reserve 2 cups mixture. Press remaining mixture onto bottom of prepared baking pan.

BAKE for 15 minutes. Beat cream cheese in small mixer bowl until smooth. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk. Pour over hot crust; sprinkle with reserved flour mixture. Bake for additional 25 to 30 minutes or until center is set. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.


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    Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cheese Bars

    Esther Kenagy from BEAVERCREEK, OH

    I made these this morning and had to hide them from my husband once he ate two or the whole pan would be gone in no time. This is a real keeper!

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    Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cheese Bars

    Rhonda Klein from NEW STANTON, PA

    Wow! What a great combination of ingredients. These cookie bars are fantastic and easy to very make. My family finished every crumb in two days.

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    Very easy to bake & very good to eat

    Sherri-Ann Cole from FITCHBURG, MA

    I made these for my family, some like cranberries & some like chocolate, I was not sure about the combination, but I took a chance...these were excellent & so easy to bake. Highly recommend.

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    THE BEST BAR COOKIE

    DONNA BELL from SHARPSVILLE, PA

    I MADE THESE FOR A PICNIC AND THEY WERE A BIG HIT. THEY ARE VERY TASTY AND EVERYONE WANTD THE RECIPE. THEY ALSO TASTE GOOD WHEN YOU SPRINKLE THE CHIPS AND CRANBERRY PIECES ON TOP OF THE CRUMB MIXTURE. I'LL BE MAKING THIS RECIPE A LOT!!!

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    Very sweet

    Sandra Kusz from TOLEDO, OH

    I don't really care for cranberries, but with the addition of the raisins, they made a very tasty cookie. You can only eat a small piece, however, as they are very rich.

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    They sold!

    June Nirschl from BAILEYS HARBOR, WI

    I made the bars this morning and took most of them to our church festival for its baked goods sale. Packaged in 4's and 6's, they sold quickly. I have to admit to saving a few at home for our good eating. Rich, they go a long way. And, of course, worked just as well with dried cherries as with cranberries.

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    chocolate chip cranberry cheese bars

    Kathleen Crum from ORWELL, OH

    I made these bars today, while my Hubby was out golfing. He loves cranberry anything! He had a few bars when he came home and just loved them. They are easy to make and very easy to gobble up. I wonder if they can be frozen?

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    Easy to make!

    Debbie Haddad from Monaca, PA

    I took these to a Father's Day picnic. They were easy to make and the differences between taste of the cream cheese, cranberries, and chocolate was great!

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    Choc Chip Cranberry Cheese Bars

    Susan Connick from PLATTSBURGH, NY

    Excellent. My husband and also my neighbor liked them very much. I didn't have orange peel but did used orange flavored dried cranberrys and thought that they did the trick. This recipe is a keeper.

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    choc chip cranberry cheese bars

    Emelia Hackett from VALLEJO, CA

    YUMMY! This sure made a hit when I took it to a family gathering. Everyone wanted the recipe.

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    Berry Easy To Say *Cheese*

    TRISH BALLARD from MILLERSTOWN, PA

    When we were all kids and our moms wanted us to smile for the picture, we were told to say CHEESE...well, these yummy bars will have you smiling so big you won't have to say cheese:) Excellent treat! They are also very good with apricot, but that is if you are an apricot fan; I am not, but a friend is, and he gave an honest thumbs up not to mention had five bars with two pots of coffee...Thanks again, Nestle, for a easy tasty recipe that I have added to my vast supply of goodies.

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    Choc. Chip Cranberry Cheese Bars

    Jeannette Pocreva from LILLIAN, AL

    Made these for Church refreshment time... WONDERFUL... everyone liked them and asked for recipe. Told them about your websiste.

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    Awesome

    Joy Cooper from KEY WEST, FL

    The recipe description doesnt do these bars justice, they are to die for and so easy. I did not use orange peel. I only had one cup of oatmeal so I used sliced almonds for the remaining half cup. I also used Swirled White Chocolate Morsels. I will be making these often. Definitely a good gift recipe too.

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    the best!!

    AMY MEYER from LAS VEGAS, NV

    I truly love cranberries and i had never made bars using them so i was happy to find this recipe. but i have made these in the summer, too, and they are perfect!!

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    Husbands favorites

    Debra Grady from OAK LAWN, IL

    These were my husbands favorite cookie bars. He loves cranberries and thought these were great.

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    Great Cookies!

    Sandra Peer from YPSILANTI, MI

    These cookies are easy to make and taste great.

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    chocolaate chip cranberry cheese bar

    Virginia Hoover from WYALUSING, PA

    This will be a exceptional cookie this fall and even in the winter when I need a comfort food. It is delicious and easy to make. I added pecans to the recipe. It makes a great bake sale item for the PTA/PTO organizations and marvelous for tea socials.

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    Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cheese Bars

    Charlotte Gohl from Philadelphia, PA

    Delicious. We loved the combination.

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    popping with flavor

    Michele Bauer from TAUNTON, MA

    These bars were an explosion of flavor for each bite because of the wide blend of ingredients.

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    YUMMY

    Marcile Boegel from DAYTON, OH

    Really good with the swirl chips.

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    chocolate chip cranberry cheese bars

    kathleen walkling from WESTMINSTER, MD

    These bars are very good & different. I like them very much. They are easy to make & enjoy. I give them 4 stars.

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    Something Different!!

    Glenda Christiansen from North Manchester, IN

    These bars were simple and wonderful. I made them for guests and had to fight my family to have enough left to serve!!! I will make them again soon!

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    cranberry cheese bars

    judy kaufenberg from OAKDALE, MN

    Love oatmeal and cranberries--but I use white chocolate chips instead of chocolate--taste a little sweeter--look more elegant. Good recipe.

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    VERY DELIOUSSSS

    DAWNA GRAEFF from HAMPSHIRE, TN

    THIS WAS A GREAT RECIPE AND I ADDED RAISINS FOR THE TOUCH AND THEY WERE DELIOUSSSS!

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    Chocolate Chip Cranerry Cheese Bars

    Donna Fechner from SIOUX FALLS, SD

    So very good and chewy. Anything with cranberries is right up my alley--- but these are special. Next time I am going to use white chips.

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    Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cheese Bars

    Alice Keeney from STRONGSVILLE, OH

    These are sinfully delicious. I was finding excuses to walk thru the kitchen so I could grab another one. We'll definitely be making these often.

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    Easy Peasy!

    Risa Golding from OXFORD, NJ

    These bars came out just great. I substituted another fruit for the cranberries though as we don't like cranberries around here. They were delicious. A real winner.

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    Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cheese Bars

    Ruth Shepherd from Shafter, CA

    I tried these and they were very good. Good texture.

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    Great

    Wanda Barrett from OAKHURST, CA

    Oh so good, you will love these!

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    cranberry cheesde bars

    cathy smith from OLMSTED FALLS, OH

    Very easy to make and the whole family will love them. Can travel easy also for pot luck dinners and bake sales.

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    Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cheese Bars

    NANCY COWLISHAW from POCATELLO, ID

    I don't like cranberries so I used dried cherries and they turned out fantastic.

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    kiss your diet goodbye!

    Ms. Blaschuk from FARMINGDALE, NY

    Kiss your diet goodbye if you make these. . . they are THAT good. The cream cheese and orange along with the craisins was absolutely the best. I added some regular dried cranberries for extra tartness. Each bite was HEAVEN! Easy to make and just the right amount of sweetness and tartness.

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    Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cheese Bars

    Lee Faber from MALMESBURY WILTSHIRE, FL

    I love the taste combination of chocolate and cranberry, so I knew I'd like these. We can't get Craisins in England, so I had to make do with dried cranberries, but I can get very, very juicy ones and the end result was terrific. Will certainly make these again.

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    Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cheese Bars

    Barbara Britt from EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, MO

    This recipe was easy to make and travelled well. My family was apprehensive about trying this flavor combination but seemed to enjoy it. I plan to reduce the amount of chocolate in the future and see how they respond to this adjustment.

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    Great for Thanksgiving Dessert

    Marilyn Kanas from COPPEROPOLIS, CA

    These were a big hit when I made them two years ago, a nice addition to Thanksgiving. They were easy to make and very tasty. I plan to make them again this year.

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    Fabulous!!

    Celah from yakima, wa

    These were wonderful and so easy to make. I took them to a harvest party and they were a hit.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/36 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 36 

    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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    Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cheese Bars

    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-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
    • 1 cup OCEAN SPRAY® CRAISINS® Original Dried Cranberries
    • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
    • 1 can (14 oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk

     

    Directions

    PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

    BEAT butter and brown sugar in large mixer bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in flour, oats and orange peel until crumbly. Stir in morsels and cranberries; reserve 2 cups mixture. Press remaining mixture onto bottom of prepared baking pan.

    BAKE for 15 minutes. Beat cream cheese in small mixer bowl until smooth. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk. Pour over hot crust; sprinkle with reserved flour mixture. Bake for additional 25 to 30 minutes or until center is set. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.

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