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Light & Easy Cheesecake Bars

Fresh hints of lemon in the tender crust and creamy filling of these berry-topped treats. —Patricia Nieh, Portola Valley, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    1-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 package (8 ounces) fat-free cream cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 18 fresh raspberries, halved

Directions

  • Line a 9-in. square pan with foil; coat with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, beat butter and 1/4 cup sugar until smooth, about 2 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Add flour and salt; mix well. Press into prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 14-16 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine cream cheeses and remaining sugar until smooth. Add egg; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in lemon zest and remaining lemon juice. Pour over crust.
  • Bake 14-18 minutes longer or until filling is set.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Using foil, lift bars out of pan. Gently peel off foil; cut into squares, then triangles. Garnish with raspberries.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 153 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 216mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 starch.

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  • Martin99
    Jun 14, 2013

    No comment left

  • qwm
    May 16, 2013

    Finally made this, and it is great. Thanks, Kaffaroni, for the info. I'm a guy who is very much into details as to how things are done. :>)

  • Kaffaroni
    May 7, 2013

    Ah! Now I've got some stars I can click on.

  • Kaffaroni
    May 7, 2013

    No stars appearing for me to click on! I made this once, some time ago, and everybody in the family liked it. Easy, fast and light. qwm...it says "cut into bars" so use a square pan.

  • lottieda
    May 7, 2013

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  • qwm
    May 7, 2013

    Is this a 9" square, or round, pan?It requires two (2) 8oz. pkgs. of cream cheese?Looks/sounds good, but I want to do it correctly the first time. Thanks!