I like cranberry. It's tart and tangy and tastes good in all kinds of baked goods! I especially like it paired with oatmeal. And how about when it is easy to make! Yum.
Festive Cranberry Cheese Squares
(recipe from "Eagle Brand - Simple 1-2-3)
2 cups all-purpose flour (I think replacing one-cup with whole wheat flour would add a richer taste...will definitely make that change next time I make these)
1 1/2 cups oatmeal
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar (plus 1 tablespoon)
1 package cream cheese
1 14-oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 16-oz. can whole berry cranberry sauce
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Preheat over to 350 degrees. Line 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, beat flour, oats, butter, and sugar until crumbly. Reserve 1/2 cup crumb mixture. Press remaining crumb mixture firmly on the bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
Beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in milk until smooth; stir in lemon juice. Spread over baked crust.
Combine cranberry sauce, cornstarch, and remaining sugar. Spoon over cheese layer. Top with reserved crumb mixture.
Bake 45 minutes or until golden. Cool and cut into bars.
These are good and easy. They would be a nice addition to work potluck or any other holiday gathering. And of course, I'm sure they would be even better served with a side of ice cream - isn't everything better with ice cream? Must remember you are talking to a farmer's daughter and another farmer's wife. Yeah, we like our ice cream. And butter!