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Cranberry Chocolate Chip Almond Bars

Updated on October 20, 2014
5 stars from 2 ratings of Cranberry, Chocolate Almond Bars

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Almond Bars

If you like chocolaty, chewy, crunchy, sweet and the taste of cranberries, you will love these bars. As soon as you bite into them you get a burst of all of these flavors at once. The cream cheese filling in the center softens it. The original recipe didn't have almonds in it, but I added sliced almonds to the top crust and it made a nice difference. I made these for my sisters and a friend and me when we went to a local state park to have lunch today and enjoy the beautiful colors of Fall. A jug of orange flavored ice tea went real nice with them. They're even good for children who don't like breakfast because it has oatmeal and cranberries or for an afterschool snack or any anytime snack. You keep them in the refrigerator and pick up a square whenever you want to relax with a cup of coffee or tea. They do taste better when cold because of the cream cheese mixed with sweetened condensed milk in the middle. I hope you give them a try, you won't be sorry.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 24 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour 4 min
Yields: Makes 20 squares

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked oats
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange peel
  • 2 cups mini chocolate chips
  • 1 (8oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup almonds, sliced

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat a 9 x 11" pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, cream butter and brown sugar till smooth. Beat in flour, oats and orange peel; mixture will be crumbly. With a spoon, stir in chocolate chips and cranberries. Reserve 2 cups of the mixture and press remaining mixture into prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes.
  3. Add the sliced almonds to the 2 cups of reserved mixture.
  4. In a medium bowl, with electric mixer on medium speed; beat cream cheese till smooth then gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk. Pour over hot crust when it comes out of the oven and sprinkle with reserved mixture. bake 25 to 30 minutes till set. Cool! Cut into bars.

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      Rachel L Alba 3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thanks for the encouragement.

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      Shelly 3 years ago from PA

      This was an amazing dessert! Very sweet, so only a little satisfied, which is great since we shouldn't be eating a whole lot of dessert anyway. Perfect ending for a meal!

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      Rachel L Alba 3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thanks. The kids went crazy for them. It doesn't show in the picture but in person you could see the red in the cranberries and they look prettier.

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      Marissa 3 years ago from United States

      Oh my word. These seem so yummy!