Thursday, June 4, 2009

Creamy Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Recipe courtesy of Kittencal

Servings 9-12



2-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1/3 cup finely chopped pecans

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 cup melted butter


2 (8-ounce) packages Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese, softened

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup sour cream

2 large eggs

2 tablespoons grated lemon zest

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (can use the juice of 1 whole lemon mixed with bottled to make 1/2 cup)

2-4 drops yellow food coloring


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Grease an 11 x 7-inch baking pan.

For the crust; in a bowl combine the graham cracker crumbs with pecans and sugar.

Add in melted butter; mix to combine (set aside about 1/2 cup).

Add in yellow food coloring until you have reached desired shade of yellow.

Bake for 6 minutes then remove and cool slightly.

In a large bowl using an electric mixer at medium speed beat the cream cheese until fluffy (about 3 minutes).

Add in condensed milk and sour cream; beat until smooth and combined, then beat in the lemon juice and zest until blended.

Pour over the crust in the baking dish.

Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup reserved crumb mixture over the top.

Bake for 30 minutes or until just set (this should not take more that 30 minutes to bake).

Cool until almost room temperature then refrigerate for at least 5 hours before serving.

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