Are you ready for the holiday season? Two of my favorite flavors for the holidays are lemon and cranberry. There’s just something about the two of them together. Plus, when you add in a gooey layer between the two it just becomes perfection. These Cranberry Lemon Gooey Bars are definitely the must-make dessert for the holidays.
Cranberry Lemon Gooey Bars
I first realized my love for gooey bars last spring when I made my Strawberry Pink Velvet Gooey Bars. Gooey bars are by far my favorite type of bar. The soft flaky crust with the gooey cream cheese layer in the middle combined with your favorite fruit is a match made in heaven. I was inspired by my Orange Cornbread Cake because I realized with that recipe how amazing cranberries are with a citrus cake. Plus, the sugared cranberries in that recipe are always such a huge hit because they’re so pretty.
Something I learned the hard way the first time I made my gooey bars is that you absolutely have to wait until the bars have cooled before breaking into them. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a mess in your hands and they will not look anything like bars. They’ll just be bundles of cake bites. They’ll taste the same, but if you’re looking for bars make sure to let them cool before slicing them.
No matter what the reason or event is for making these gooey bars, you’ll be sure to impress your guests with the flavor. They are a great alternative or addition to your holiday pie spread. My husband isn’t a pie person so we always seem to have alternatives like our Raspberry Cheesecake Cupcakes or our Caramel Apple Bread Pudding. We certainly love options!
Lemon Supreme Cake Mix
1 stick of butter melted
8 oz cream cheese
1 cup of powdered sugar
1 cups cranberries halved
Preheat the oven at 350 F and line a 9 x 11 baking dish with tin foil. Spray the tin foil with cooking spray.
Combine the lemon supreme cake mix, 1 egg and melted stick of butter for the crust.
Push 2/3 of the crust onto the tin foil to create the crust layer.
In a separate bowl combine the cream cheese, 2 eggs and powdered sugar.
Place the cream cheese layer over the crust.
Cover the cream cheese layer with the cranberries that are cut in half.
Drop pieces of the leftover crust on top of the cranberry gooey layer.
Bake for 45 minutes.
Let cool before cutting into bars.
Makes 15 – 18 bars.
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