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Cheesecake Bars

Years ago, I entered these bars in a contest and won first place! Best of all, you can make them a day or two in advance. Or top individual bars with cherry pie filling for Christmas color.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, walnuts, brown sugar and butter. Set aside 2 cups. Press the remaining mixture into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, milk, lemon juice and vanilla just until combined. Pour over crust.
  • Sprinkle with reserved walnut mixture. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and filling is set. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Store in the refrigerator.

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