Currant Cheesecake Bars
Why I Love This Recipe
Ingredients You'll Need
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon milk
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1/3 cup currant jelly or seedless raspberry jam
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 9-inch square baking pan. Beat butter in medium bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add flour, brown sugar and pecans; beat at low speed until well blended. Press mixture into bottom and partially up sides of prepared pan.
Bake about 15 minutes or until light brown. If sides of crust have slumped down, press back up and reshape with spoon. Let cool 5 minutes on wire rack.
Meanwhile, beat cream cheese in large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add granulated sugar, egg, milk and lemon peel; beat until well blended.
Heat jelly in small saucepan over low heat 2 to 3 minutes or until smooth, stirring occasionally.
Pour cream cheese mixture over crust. Drizzle jelly in 7 to 8 horizontal strips across filling with spoon. Swirl jelly through filling with knife to create marbled effect.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until filling is set. Cool completely on wire rack before cutting into bars. Store in airtight container in refrigerator up to 1 week.