CHERRY VANILLA CHEESECAKE BARS



Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars. A very festive and easy cheesecake cookie bar recipe. One of our most popular cookie bar recipes ever. Perfect for the Holiday freezer.



Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars, another very simple recipe to add to our growing collection of cookies, squares and bars. Creamy cheesecake sits atop a cookie base and the bright red cherries add flavor and a festive look to these delicious little squares.

Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars – a very festive and easy cheesecake cookie bar recipe. One of our most popular cookie bar recipes ever.



Ingredients

FOR THE BASE & CRUMB TOPPING

  • 1½ cups flour

  • ⅓ cup firmly packed brown sugar

  • ½ cup cold butter


FOR THE CHEESECAKE FILLING

  • 1 cup (8 ounces) cream cheese

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 3 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • 1 large egg

  • ⅔ cup glace cherries , cut in quarters (well drained maraschino cherries will also work, I rinse them and drain them on paper towels before cutting them)


Instructions

  1. In a food processor pulse together the flour, brown sugar and butter until crumbly (or simply cut the butter through the flour and sugar with a pastry knife or two butter knives held between your fingers)

  2. Save a ½ cup of this crumble mixture to sprinkle over the top later.

  3. Press the rest of the crumble mixture into the bottom of a greased or parchment lined 8x8 inch square baking pan.

  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes while preparing the cheesecake filling.

  5. Beat together the cream cheese, white sugar, lemon juice and vanilla extract until smooth.

  6. Beat in the egg.

  7. Fold in the chopped cherries.

  8. Spread the cheesecake mixture evenly onto the pre-baked cookie base and sprinkle the reserved cookie crumble over the surface.

  9. Bake at 325 degrees F for 20 - 30 minutes or until the cheesecake is set at the centre.

  10. Let cool completely in the pan before cutting and serving.

  11. Refrigerate in airtight containers. Freezes well too.



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