Sunday, November 24, 2013

Cheesecake Bars (with goat cheese or cream cheese)

If you are looking for something quick and easy for the holidays, this is it.  They are not overly sweet until you put a fruit topping on them. These are yummy plain as well.  If you want to make it more into a desert than bars just double the filling.  I was able to use a batch of my soft goat cheese instead of the cream cheese.  I also had fresh milk and eggs!

I have to do something while the concrete dries! 

Here's the recipe! 

Cheesecake Bars

1/3 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
8 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons milk
1 egg (room temperature)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F(175 degrees C).

To make Pastry: Cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the flour and chopped nuts and stir until mixture becomes crumbly. Set aside 1/4 cup to use as a topping.

Press pastry mixture into 8-inch square pan and bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool on rack.

To make Filling: Beat together the white sugar, and cream cheese until smooth. Stir in the egg, milk, lemon juice, and vanilla and mix well. Spread filling mixture over baked crust. Sprinkle reserved mixture on as a topping.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool on wire rack and refrigerate. Cut into bars or squares when cold.  Serve with fruit.

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