A sweet and happy new year to all those who celebrate Rosh Hashanah! (Isn't sweet a nice way to imagine a new year beginning?) We all went to Lauren's yesterday to pig out (and be entertained by the comic stylings of Julie!); I brought chocolate-chip cookies and these:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup butter
12 ounces cream cheese softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 16-ounce can whole cranberry sauce
2 teaspoons cornstarch
Preheat oven to 350 (I did convection at 325). Grease a 13x9x2" baking pan. In a large bowl, stir together flour, oats, and brown sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of the crumbs. Press the remaining crumbs onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, in another large bowl, beat cream cheese and granulated sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, lemon juice, and vanilla. Spread over baked layer.
Stir together cranberry sauce and cornstarch; carefully spoon over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with the reserved 1 1/2 cups crumbs. Bake about 40 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack. Cover and chill at least 3 hours. Cut into bars.
It was a bear to cut them up, but they turned out good!