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Honey Cheese Bars

If you like cheesecake, you’ll love this light dessert. Walnuts lend a subtle nutty taste to the crust, and honey and lemon make the creamy topping delicious. —Edna Hoffman, Hebron, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 bars


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Additional honey, optional


  • In a small bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in walnuts. Press onto the bottom of an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • For filling, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, honey, milk, lemon juice and vanilla until blended. Add egg; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over crust. Bake 20-25 minutes longer or until set. Cool completely on a wire rack. Drizzle with additional honey if desired. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 152 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 88mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1 starch.

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  • WhitneyR
    Mar 12, 2012

    This was very good! It took me a while to appreciate it as a light dessert, but my toddler will eat a serving of it and feels like she has gotten a special treat and I don't have the guilt!

  • Raygina
    Nov 18, 2011

    Very easy and quick. I'm going to keep the ingredients on hand to make it again. It was a big hit.

  • sands351
    Oct 9, 2011

    I made these yesterday and they turned out to be very tasty. I didn't have any walnuts on hand, so I used pecans in the crust and it worked well. I will be making these again.

  • LindaLois
    Jul 6, 2011

    This recipe came out perfect. The crust was just right and held together. I could not taste the honey in the filling. however.

  • slevaque
    Jul 26, 2010

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