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Cranberry-Orange Cheesecake Swirl Bars

cranberry-orange cheesecake swirl bars Dessert
Cranberry-Orange Cheesecake Swirl Bars
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 5 hr 0 min
  • Ingredients 9
  • Servings 24

We love these eye-catching, deep-dish cheesecake bars! Flavored with fresh orange, swirled cranberry sauce and a Pillsbury™ sugar cookie crust, these festive bars are perfect for anything from a holiday party grazing table to a special wintertime treat with family. MORE+ LESS-

Updated September 6, 2019
Pillsbury Cookies
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Pillsbury Cookies

Ingredients

1
roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated sugar cookies
3
packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1
cup sugar
1 1/2
teaspoons grated orange zest
1/3
cup heavy whipping cream
1 1/2
teaspoons vanilla
3
eggs
1/2
cup jellied cranberry sauce, stirred until smooth (from 14-oz can)
Additional grated orange zest, if desired

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Press cookie dough evenly in bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch pan. (If dough is sticky, use floured fingers.) Bake 14 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 15 minutes.
  • 2
    In large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest with electric mixer on medium speed about 1 minute or until smooth. On low speed, beat in whipping cream and vanilla; add eggs 1 at a time, beating just until blended.
  • 3
    Pour cheesecake mixture into crust. Drop teaspoonfuls of the stirred cranberry sauce onto cheesecake mixture. With knife, swirl cranberry sauce into cheesecake mixture.
  • 4
    Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until filling is set in center. Remove from oven to cooling rack; cool 30 minutes. Refrigerate at least 3 hours until chilled completely.
  • 5
    To serve, run sharp knife around edges of pan. Cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Garnish with additional orange zest before serving. Store covered in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

  • To quickly soften cream cheese, microwave uncovered on Medium-Low (30%) 15 to 20 seconds.
  • Don’t use whole berry cranberry sauce for this recipe—jellied cranberry sauce works best for giving these bars their beautiful ruby-red swirls.
  • For easier swirling, make sure cranberry sauce is well stirred until no lumps remain before adding to cheesecake mixture.
  • Bars are best cut when completely chilled, and wiping the blade between each slice helps ensure nice, clean edges.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
240
Calories from Fat
130
% Daily Value
Total Fat
15g
23%
Saturated Fat
8g
40%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
60mg
20%
Sodium
160mg
7%
Potassium
50mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
24g
8%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
18g
Protein
3g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%
8%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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