Monday, January 21, 2013

Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars

Here's a sweet treat that is super-easy to make and tastes amazing!  Perfect for a Valentine's Day dessert!

Crust (bottom & top):
1 cup of flour
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/3 cup of cold butter (I used "I Can't Believe it's Not Butter w/ Olive Oil)
Combine these ingredients in a food processor and pulse together until crumbly or make the crumbles by hand (I used my hands--waaay easier & less dishes to clean up afterwards).  Use half of this mixture for the bottom crust and the other half for the crumbles on top. Press the first half in a greased 9X9 baking pan.  Then bake the crust at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. While the crust is cooking you can prepare the cheesecake filling.
Cheesecake Filling:
1 cup of cheesecake (8oz. package)
4 tsp. of vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. of lemon juice
1/4 cup of white sugar
1 large egg
Blend the ingredients above until light and fluffy. Pour the mixture on the crust and spread evenly.  Then pour a can of cherry pie filling on top of the cheesecake filling.  Then bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes. Allow to cool completely before cutting & serving (I popped mine in the freezer for an hour because I could NOT wait to eat it). Cover and keep in the fridge when storing.

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