The Country Cook: Cherry Cheesecake Bars
                                                   

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Cherry 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 or caramel. 
Ingredients:
For the crust:
2 cups crushed graham crackers
1 /2 cup (1 stick) of salted butter, melted
3 tablespoons light brown sugar

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.

Enjoy!


31 comments :

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

    ReplyDelete
  2. 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!

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

    ReplyDelete
  4. Yum!!! I love this cheesecake, and it looks amazing!!

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

    ReplyDelete
  6. Thank you Sandra & Lizzy. Cheesecake is my cryptonite!

    ReplyDelete
  7. 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!

    ReplyDelete
  8. 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

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  11. 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!

    ReplyDelete
  12. 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.

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

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

    Saw you on Sweets for a Saturday.

    ReplyDelete
  15. 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.

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

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  19. 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"??????
    :)

    ReplyDelete
  20. 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!

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  23. 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 :-)

    ReplyDelete
  24. 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!

    ReplyDelete
  25. 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/

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  28. 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. :)

    ReplyDelete
  29. 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

    ReplyDelete

This is a family website so all comments will be moderated before being published. Thank you!