Easy Cheesecake Bars – Tangy Lemon! The ever-popular cheesecake, and a favorite dessert of mine, is reinvented in this easy, moist, tangy, lemon bar cookie! Creamy and delicious, these are incredibly quick and easy!
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Easy Cheesecake Bars
Preheat Oven – 350°
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 8-ounce pkg. cream cheese – room temperature
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 Tblsp. milk
- 2 Tblsp. lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Prepare the Crust:
Place the flour, butter, and brown sugar in food processor bowl. Process until you have a fine textured, lump-free, mixture. Add the chopped nuts and pulse just to mix.
Don’t have a food processor? Combine flour, softened butter, and brown sugar in a large bowl. Blend with an electric mixer until you have a fine textured, lump free, mixture. Stir in the nuts.
Reserve 1 cup of the mixture for topping, press the remainder into an 8″ x 8″ square pan, lined with parchment paper or Reynolds Quick Release foil. (See Tips Below.)
Bake at 350° for 8 – 10 minutes until lightly browned.
Use a glass with a heavier base to press the mixture into the pan bottom.►
Prepare the filling:
With an electric mixer, thoroughly blend the softened cream cheese and sugar in a medium bowl.
(If you don’t want lumpy cheesecake, this step is key. Make sure the mixture is creamy and lump-free before adding egg and liquids.)
Add the egg, milk, lemon juice, vanilla, and mix well until mixture is smooth.
Pour the prepared filling over the lightly browned crust.
Sprinkle the reserved crumb mixture over the top of the cheesecake filling.
Return to the 350° oven for an additional 20 – 25 minutes until light, golden brown.
Cool. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator. This makes 16 (1-3/4″ square) bars.
After the pan of cheesecake had cooled for several minutes, I placed it in the refrigerator to cool faster. Then, I took the pan out a bit later to slice the bar cookies. Dave came over and tried one, and another, and another. I think he really likes these little “Easy Cheesecake Bars – Tangy Lemon”.