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Cardamom Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Fans of cheesecake will love these bite-size desserts. Crunchy and smooth, they're perfect for the holidays—or any other time for that matter!—Judi Oudekerk, Buffalo, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling YIELD:16 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds

Directions

  • 1. In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Press onto the bottom of a greased 9-in. square baking pan. In large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, 1 teaspoon cardamom and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over crust.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar and remaining cardamom. Cut in cold butter until crumbly. Stir in almonds. Sprinkle over top.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until center is almost set and topping is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Cut into bars. Yield: 16 bars.

Nutritional Facts

1 each equals 232 calories, 16 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 69 mg cholesterol, 149 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.