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Holiday Cheesecake Bars Recipe
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Holiday Cheesecake Bars Recipe

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Christmas officially arrives at our house when I make these melt-in-your-mouth bars. Red and green maraschino cherries add a jolly finish to each light and creamy morsel.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 24 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • FILLING:
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sliced red and green maraschino cherries, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 195 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 89 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour and brown sugar; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in walnuts. Reserve 1 cup. Press remaining crumbs onto the bottom of an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in the milk, lemon juice and vanilla. Pour filling over crust. Sprinkle with reserved crumbs.
  3. Bake 25-30 minutes longer or until edges are lightly browned and filling is almost set. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Garnish with cherries if desired. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Holiday Cheesecake Bars in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1997, p31

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 195 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 89 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Reviews for Holiday Cheesecake Bars

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Reviewed Oct. 25, 2012

Exellent..........

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 16, 2012

Theses are absolutely WONDERFUL! I made a graham cracker crust, and topped them with a crumb topping that I use for my regular crumb cake.

I made these for our church coffee hour and they were gone in seconds. People were actually packing them up to take home! These will become a staple for all occasions in our house. THANK YOU!!!

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

Every Christmas I try to add at least one or two new cookies/bars for the holidays. This is terrific! Rich, beautiful presentation and delicious! Will add this to my recipe box!

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

This is a family favorite. I grew up making this with my mom every year for Christmas, and now I make it for my own family too.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2009

These are GREAT. My only change was to make a graham cracker crust (2-1/2 cups ground graham cracker crumbs mixed with 1 stick (1/2 cup) of melted butter) to make them nut allergy friendly. I will definitely make them again.

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