Cranberry Crumb Bars

            Cranberry Crumb Bars

1 ½ cups flour
1/3 cup powered sugar
¾ cup butter, cubed

Filling:
1 package ( 8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
¼ cup lemon juice
2 T cornstarch
1 T brown sugar
1 can (16 oz) whole-berry cranberry sauce

Topping:
1/3 cup flour
2 T brown sugar
¼ cup butter, cubed
¾ cup finely chopped nuts

In a small bowl, combine flour and powdered sugar; cut in the butter until crumbly.  Press into a greased 13 x 9 inch baking dish.  Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.  Add milk and lemon juice.  Pour over crust.  In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and brown sugar.  Stir in the cranberry sauce until combined.  Spoon over cream cheese layer.  For topping, combine the flour and brown sugar in a bowl; cut in butter.  Fold in nuts.  Sprinkle over filling.

Bake ate 325° for 40-45 minutes or until topping is golden brown.  Cool on a wire rack.  Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours before cutting.

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