Makeover Cheesecake Bars Recipe

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Makeover Cheesecake Bars Recipe
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Makeover Cheesecake Bars Recipe

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With a very rich, creamy cheesecake filling over a thick nutty crust, it's not difficult to figure out why people love these bars so much! —Becky Stone, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
MAKES:
9 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:
9 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup ground walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar blend
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • FILLING:
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 4 ounces fat-free cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

In a small bowl, combine the flour, walnuts and brown sugar blend; cut in butter until crumbly. Set aside 2/3 cup for topping; press remaining crumb mixture into an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until lightly browned.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat the cream cheeses, sugar and flour until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg substitute, milk, lemon juice and vanilla just until blended. Pour over crust; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until filling is set. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 9 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Splenda brown sugar blend.
Originally published as Makeover Cheesecake Bars in Light & Tasty February/March 2008, p10

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 219 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 191mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup ground walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar blend
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • FILLING:
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 4 ounces fat-free cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, walnuts and brown sugar blend; cut in butter until crumbly. Set aside 2/3 cup for topping; press remaining crumb mixture into an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until lightly browned.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat the cream cheeses, sugar and flour until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg substitute, milk, lemon juice and vanilla just until blended. Pour over crust; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
  3. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until filling is set. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 9 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Splenda brown sugar blend.
Originally published as Makeover Cheesecake Bars in Light & Tasty February/March 2008, p10

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aicenhour User ID: 4627743 248865
Reviewed May. 31, 2016

"I do love the fat free and reduced fat ingredients listed for this recipe. However I really don't like things like this for my kids. So I reduced the recipe to make a smaller amount and made full fat version for the kids! Yum!!"

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kclark0811@gmail.com User ID: 7429767 223197
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2015

"*****"

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Mimi Karen 130 User ID: 5827769 209611
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2012

"Love these makeover Cheesecke bars!! Never have leftovers when I take this to potlucks.....WW 6 pp! I sometimes cut my bar in 1/2 so I can have some next day!!"

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