Cranberry Streusel Bars

Cranberry Streusel Bars
Staff Writer

Allan Penn

Writing under the pseudonym Richard Saunders, Benjamin Franklin published Poor Richard’s Almanack on Dec. 19 in 1732. A best-seller in its time, the almanac contained information covering the weather, astronomy and astrology, a calendar, and humorous proverbs. Franklin was known to enjoy food, including cranberries, which he mentioned several times in his writings.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place a rack in the center. Line an 8-inch metal baking pan with nonstick foil.

In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly stir together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Pour the butter over the flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until moist and crumbly. Set aside about 1 cup of the crumb mixture to use as a topping, then press the remaining crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice. Stir in the egg whites just until mixed — do not overbeat. Pour into the pan over the crust. Drop spoonfuls of cranberry sauce over the cheese and then sprinkle the reserved crumb mixture and the pecans over the cream cheese and cranberries.

Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until the cheese mixture is set and the topping is cooked through. Let cool completely in the pan, then chill for at least 2 hours, or until ready to serve. Using the foil, lift from the pan and set on a cutting board. Cut into 16 bars.


Calories per serving:

209 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 10g 16%
  • Carbs 26g 9%
  • Saturated 6g 28%
  • Fiber 1g 4%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 15g
  • Monounsaturated 3g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 3g 7%
  • Cholesterol 27mg 9%
  • Sodium 119mg 5%
  • Calcium 29mg 3%
  • Magnesium 19mg 5%
  • Potassium 85mg 2%
  • Iron 1mg 5%
  • Zinc 0mg 3%
  • Phosphorus 67mg 10%
  • Vitamin A 88µg 10%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 1%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 8%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 5%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 3%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 1%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 21µg 5%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 1%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 1%
  • Vitamin K 1µg 1%
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