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Crunchy Cheesecake Bars

Try this lemon-flavored bar when you're looking for something that's not too sweet.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 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 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts


  • 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.
  • Meanwhile, in a bowl, beat cream cheese on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk, lemon zest, 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.

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