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Cheesecake Bars

 Cheesecake Bars
Years ago, I entered these bars in a contest and won first place! Best of all, you can make them a day or two in advance. Or top individual bars with cherry pie filling for Christmas color.
24 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, walnuts, brown sugar and butter.
  • Set aside 2 cups. Press the remaining mixture into an ungreased
  • 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
  • Beat in the eggs, milk, lemon juice and vanilla just until combined.
  • Pour over crust.
  • Sprinkle with reserved walnut mixture. Bake for 25-30 minutes or
  • until edges are lightly browned and filling is set. Cool on a wire
  • rack. Cut into squares. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 185 calories,

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Nutritional Facts: 11 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 89 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.