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Holiday Cheesecake Bars

Christmas officially arrives at our house when I make these melt-in-your-mouth bars. Red and green maraschino cherries add a jolly finish to each light and creamy morsel. —Kathy Dorman, Snover, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • FILLING:
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sliced red and green maraschino cherries, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine flour and brown sugar; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in walnuts. Reserve 1 cup. Press remaining crumbs onto the bottom of an ungreased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in the milk, lemon juice and vanilla. Pour filling over crust. Sprinkle with reserved crumbs.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes longer or until edges are lightly browned and filling is almost set. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Garnish with cherries if desired. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 195 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 89mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • DivaLicious1
    Oct 25, 2012

    Exellent..........

  • gailg112
    May 16, 2012

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  • dannyandcelina
    May 14, 2012

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  • linsvin
    Dec 14, 2011

    Every Christmas I try to add at least one or two new cookies/bars for the holidays. This is terrific! Rich, beautiful presentation and delicious! Will add this to my recipe box!

  • sun2lite
    Nov 5, 2011

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  • Erikajo
    Dec 21, 2009

    This is a family favorite. I grew up making this with my mom every year for Christmas, and now I make it for my own family too.

  • gavingrma_OH
    Dec 15, 2009

    These are GREAT. My only change was to make a graham cracker crust (2-1/2 cups ground graham cracker crumbs mixed with 1 stick (1/2 cup) of melted butter) to make them nut allergy friendly. I will definitely make them again.

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    Dec 11, 2009

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