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Crunchy Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Try this lemon-flavored bar when you're looking for something that's not too sweet.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 125 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 61 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.