Put your leftover cranberry sauce to good use with these deliciously festive cranberry cheesecake streusel bars! They're quick, easy, and gluten-free too!
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a square 8x8-inch square baking pan. For easy removal, make a parchment paper sling by cutting a sheet to drape over edges of the pan.
Set out your cream cheese to soften.
Next grab a cold stick of butter from the fridge and cut it into the streusel by either chopping into small pieces, grating with a box grater, or using a good old fashioned pastry cutter! This will create the streusel for the base and the topping of the bars.
The trick to a good streusel is getting your hands dirty and using your fingers to rub the butter into the flour/oat mixture. I keep squeezing and finger-mashing the mixture until it's nice and crumbly and no leftover bits of dry flour remain. It will resemble crumbly slightly wet sand.
Measure out 2 cups of streusel and press it firmly into your greased/lined baking pan to make a crust.
In a separate bowl, beat together cream cheese and 1/4 cup granulated sugar until smooth. You can use a stand mixer or a hand-held electric mixer for this.
Once incorporated, add egg, vanilla, and orange zest and mix to combine.
Pour over crust and top with cranberry sauce. Some sauces are pourable but if yours is not, add little spoonfuls all over the top of the cheesecake mixture and lightly spread with a baking spatula. Take the remaining streusel and crumble over the top.
Bake at 350°F for 35 minutes.
Allow to fully cool. Then transfer to the fridge to set before cutting into 9-12 squares. I like to leave mine in the fridge for a few hours so they're extra chilled!
For vanilla glaze (optional but delish!) whisk ingredients well and drizzle over bars before serving. Enjoy!
I kept these gluten-free but you can absolutely use all purpose flour in the recipe if needed! It works great both ways! Double check your oats to make sure they're GF certified and you're good to go!
If you're using an especially tart sauce and have a bit of a sweet tooth feel free to sweeten your sauce with a few spoonfuls of honey, agave, or sugar.
Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy!
Recipe by Peas and Crayons - Cranberry Cheesecake Streusel Bars https://peasandcrayons.com/2013/11/cranberry-streusel-cheesecake-bars.html