CHEESECAKE BARS

 

  • Cooking Time: 25 to 30
  • Servings:
  • Preparation Time:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 1/2 cup chopped toasted nuts of any kind
  • Filling:
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line an 8 by 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Let parchment come up over the sides of the pan to use as "handles" when unmolding after baking.
  • In a mixer bowl, combine flour, butter, and brown sugar.
  • Blend at low speed until incorporated and mixture is like sand, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Stir in nuts. Reserve 1 cup of mixture for topping.
  • With your fingers, press remaining mixture into pan.
  • Bake on the middle rack of the oven until crust is set and golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Let cool on a rack while assembling the filling.
  • In a clean mixer bowl, combine cream cheese and sugar.
  • Blend until smooth, then add the remaining filling ingredients, beating until smooth.
  • Spread evenly over baked crust.
  • Sprinkle the reserve crust mixture over filling.
  • Bake until top is golden brown and filling is set, about 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Let cool completely on a rack, then use parchment "handles" to remove from pan in 1 piece.
  • Cut into bars, squares or shapes with cookie cutter of your choice.
  • To make it more festive, you can top it with sprinkles. :)

Notes

My DH asked me last night if I was going to make my cheesecake bars so I dug up my recipe. Here's one that might be one you could consider for the holidays:

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