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Holiday Cheesecake Bars

 Holiday Cheesecake Bars
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.
24 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.

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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Holiday Cheesecake Bars (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Garnish with cherries if desired. Store in the refrigerator.
  • Yield: 2 dozen.
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.