Saturday, January 8, 2011

Cheesecake Bars

 One of my favorite desserts to make is cheesecake. I love it. In fact, it was one of the first table foods my son ever ate. Probably not the best first food, but hey, he has his mother's taste in food. It is still his all-time favorite dessert.

I like a sweet and soft cheesecake with a thick, crunchy crust. And the best part is cheesecake is so easy to make.  Plus, when you put it in a bar form, it makes it a little easier to cut and serve.  Next time you have some guests over, try putting together a do-it-yourself cheesecake bar.    Put out a variety of toppings for your guests to top their cheesecake bars with like cherry & strawberry pie fillings, caramel, or even a wet walnut topping. 

So without further ado....

Ingredients:
For the crust:
2 cups crushed graham crackers (that’s about 1 sleeve of graham crackers)
8 tablespoons (1 stick) of butter, melted
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt

For the filling:
2 blocks (8oz.) cream cheese (softened to room temperature)
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1 tablespoon vanilla


Directions:
Preheat oven to 325F degrees. 
Line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper, letting edges hang over the side (see picture below). If you don’t have parchment paper, just spray dish with nonstick spray. The parchment paper just makes it a little easier to lift out and cut into bars when they're done.
Combine the graham cracker crumbs with the butter, brown sugar, flour and salt and mix well. Put the mixture into the prepared pan and press down hard to create an even layer. Bake the crust until beginning to brown, 12 to 15 minutes.

Prepare filling. Mix cream cheese and sugar until smooth.  Add eggs and stir.  Mix in flour and vanilla.  Continue mixing until mixture is smooth.  If you have a stand mixture, you’ll need to make sure you scrape down the sides of your bowl to ensure everything is mixed thoroughly.

Once crust is finished baking, pour filling on top of crust. Bake the bars for about 35 to 40 minutes.  The center may be just slightly jiggly, that’s okay, it will set up in the fridge. Take cheesecake out to cool for about an hour and then cover and place in fridge to cool completely.  This will take about 4-6 hours (or more) to completely chill.  
Serve plain or top with desired topping.

31 comments :

Siggy Spice said...

Fabulous...I detoxed from sugar all week, and now, all I want is that cheesecake. Thanks a lot! LOL, seriously...looks GREAT!

thecountrycook said...

Oh Siggy - you are a good girl. I am sorry for the temptation - I told you I had a sweet tooth. I can't help mahself!

4littlefergusons said...

Looks delish!! :) I LOVE this kind of cheesecake.

Sandra said...

Yum!!! I love this cheesecake, and it looks amazing!!

Lizzy said...

Those look yummy...and gorgeous, too, with the splash of red!

thecountrycook said...

Thank you Sandra & Lizzy. Cheesecake is my cryptonite!

Miz Helen said...

I am following you from Decidedly Healthy or Horridly Decadent Saturday Party. Your Cheese Cake Bars look so Yummy. Thank you for sharing and you have a great week end!

ceodraiocht said...

The perfect party food! Thanjs for sharing with teh Decidedly Healthy or Horridly Decadent Blog Hop (I'll email you the badge:

http://ceodraiocht.wordpress.com/decidedly-healthy-or-horridly-decadent-blog-hop

Maggie

Trisha said...

Oh wow ... this looks delightful... I'm always on the look out for cheese cake recipes. Thanks for sharing!

Ann said...

I love cheesecake and these look so yummy! I will have to try these. Have a great week!
Honoring The King

Miz Helen said...

I am very excited to see that you brought those wonderful Cheese Cake Bars...I am standing in line to get one. Thank you so much for coming to Full Plate Thursday and you come back!

Tracey M. said...

I love the idea of having a "cheesecake bar" set up for guests. And also making bars out of cheescake. Yum! I love cheese cake. This is a keeper!

...visiting from over at Potluck Sunday.

Melynda said...

Again from Full Plate Thursday, all I can say is YUM!

Kimberly said...

Ooo, you know I can't resist anything cheesecake!! It looks so yummy!

Saw you on Sweets for a Saturday.

confettiblues said...

YUMMMMM looks delicious!

Lisa said...

What a delicious looking cheesecake recipe, and so easy. Those cherries make it look very cheery. Thanks for linking this up as well to Sweets for a Saturday.

heartnsoulcooking said...

LOVE cheesecake and this looks GREAT!!! and a must try.
Became a follower come by and visit anytime. Love making new friends.

cheryl@scrapaddict4sure said...

These look so good. I can definitely workout a few more minutes for these

Patti said...

Can you pleeease send some over? I guess i'll be making this next - trouble maker!!!! :o) Looks yummy!

4littlefergusons said...

Ok, so I have been thinking of this cheesecake all day long. I am making it right now.
FOR SHAME!
Guess I am weaker than I thought. I am thawing some blackberries from last years blackberry patch for the topping to make it um, "healthy"??????
:)

Brandie@thecountrycook said...

Patti & Tonya - I have corrupted you both!! So sorry to drag you down with me. And Tonya - the blackberries would be sooooo good!! Excellent idea!

Cheryl said...

These look perfectly delicious. I'd like mine topped with blueberries.

Lorena said...

Yummm!! looks delicious!! Just found your blog!! and loved it!! thanks for sharing!

Martha (MM) said...

Mmmm, this looks so good! I sure wish I would have been by to see this before today - one of the things I give up for lent is sweets, yikes! Thanks for linking these up at the Mardi Gras party :-)

Gooseberry Patch said...

Oh man, you can't go wrong with cherry cheesecake...love the idea of a cheesecake bar for a party too!

Thanks for joining in the fun for our Recipe Round-Up today...we're so glad to have discovered your blog. Recipes galore! :)

You can find lots more Gooseberry Patch goodies on our blog (www.gooseberrypatch.typepad.com) and on our Page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/gooseberrypatch) too.

Hope to see you there!

NO REASON NEEDED said...

Mmmmm.... cheesecake. Enough said.

Allison @ Alli 'n Son said...

LOVE cheese cake. Great recipe.

I hope you'll stop by and share your recipe with my linky, Sweet Tooth Friday. http://alli-n-son.com/2011/03/24/chocolate-donuts/

Kirsten @ Mushki Loves said...

YUMMY! I'm your newest follower, I would love it if you stopped by mine!

Super Mommy Recipes said...

These look delicious and gorgeous! You take fabulous pictures! What type of camera do you use?

The Country Cook said...

Hi Super Mommy! Thanks for your sweet comment. I would love to say I have a fancy DSLR but alas - I don't. Currently I take photos with my Canon Powershot SX30. I get a lot of natural light in my kitchen so that is where I take my pictures. I think it works best and of course, I get really close to the food. :)

Kim McCallie said...

These look delicious. So many possibilities with the different pie filling out there. I'd like to invite you to share your recipe on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

http://www.wellseasonedlife.com/2011/06/sweet-indulgences-sunday-7.html