TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 125 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 61mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a medium bowl, mix flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Set aside 1/2 cup for topping; press remaining crumbs into an ungreased 8-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, beat cream cheese on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk, lemon peel, juice and vanilla; mix well. Spread over baked crust. Combine nuts with reserved crumbs; sprinkle over cream cheese mixture. Bake 20-25 minutes longer or until done. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Crunchy Cheesecake Bars in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p54

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