This recipe won a national contest in 2004.
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup boiling water
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter (do NOT use natural peanut butter)
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup finely chopped peanuts
2 (3-oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup chunky peanut butter (do NOT use natural peanut butter)
1 tbsp lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease an 8-inch square baking pan; set aside.
In a small bowl combine the cranberries and water; cover and let stand 20 minutes. Drain well.
In a large mixer bowl, beat the butter and 1/2 cup peanut butterwith electric mixer until well combined. Beat in the brown sugar. Beat in the flour with mixer on low speed; mixture will be crumbly. Stir in the peanuts and well drained cranberries. Reserve 1 cup of the crumb mixture; press remaining crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, for filling, in a medium bowl beat the cream cheese and sugar with mixer until smooth. Add the egg, 2/3 cup peanut butter, and lemon juice; beat until well combined. Spread evenly over the crust; sprinkle the reserved crumb mixture over the top, pressing lightly into filling.
Bake about 25 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and the edges are puffed.
Cool on a wire rack before cutting into 16 bars.