Cherry cheesecake bars

Prep 20 min
Total 50 min
Plus 3 hours cooling time
Makes 24 bars

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Ingredients

1/2 cup
unsalted butter, melted

Filling

3 250-g pkgs
cream cheese, softened
1 cup
granulated sugar
3
eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup
1 tsp
1 tbsp

Topping

2 cups
frozen cherries
3 tbsp
1 tbsp
scant 1/3 cup
2 tsp

Instructions

  • PREHEAT oven to 325F. Spray a 9×13-in. metal pan with cooking spray and line with parchment to overhang on 2 sides.
  • CRUST: Stir crumbs and butter in a small bowl until crumbs are moist. Press firmly and evenly into prepared pan and bake until golden, 10 min. Let cool.
  • FILLING: Beat cream cheese in a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-low, scraping down sides occasionally, until very smooth, 4 min. Beat in sugar until combined, 3 min. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, on low speed, scraping bowl between additions. Beat in sour cream, lemon zest and lemon juice until smooth. Pour batter over prepared crust and smooth top.
  • BAKE until filling is set, 35 to 40 min. Cool on a rack for 1 hour. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours. Cut into bars.
  • TOPPING: Stir frozen cherries, sugar, lemon juice, water and cornstarch in a medium saucepan over medium. Cook, stirring often, until mixture is thickened, 5 to 7 min. Pour into a bowl to cool. Kitchen Tip: Bars will keep in refrigerator up to 3 days, or wrap with foil and freeze for up to 1 month.

Nutrition

Calories 223
Protein 4 g
Carbohydrates 16 g
Fat 17 g
Sodium 155 mg
Good source of vitamin A
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Issue: April 2017

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