Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Cheesecake + strawberry sauce.  How can you go wrong with that combination?  These easy-to-make bars were as pretty, with their pink swirls, as they were tasty.  If you're looking for an impressive dessert to serve guests, then look no further...this recipe from Our Best Bites cookbook fits the bill perfectly!   Enjoy! 
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The ingredients:
1 package (16-ounces) Pecan Sandies cookies, divided
1-1/2 Tbs. butter, melted
11 ounces cream cheese, softened (not low-fat)
2 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
pinch salt
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract
2 cups sour cream
1-1/4 cups strawberry ice cream topping or pie filling (plus more for drizzling over the finished bars, if desired)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.  In a food processor, process all but six of the Pecan Sandies.  Mix with melted butter and lightly press onto the bottom of the pan.  Set aside. 

In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla, almond extract, and sour cream.  Beat on high for 4-5 minutes. 

Spread half of the cheesecake batter over the Pecan Sandie crust. Pour 3/4 cups of the strawberry ice cream topping over the cheesecake batter.

NOTE:  Don't worry--It doesn't need to look pretty.

Spread remaining cheesecake batter over the strawberry layer and then spoon the 1/2 cup strawberry ice cream topping over the batter. 

Being careful not to cut into the surface of the cookie crust, swirl the strawberry mixture with a butter knife. 
Bake for 25-35 minutes or until center is jiggly, but not liquid.  While baking process remaining 6 cookies.  During the last 10 minutes of baking, sprinkle the cookies on top of the cheesecake.  Chill for at least 8 hours and cut into squares.
If desired, drizzle remaining strawberry sauce over the individual squares.  Enjoy!


Michelle April 6, 2011 at 2:37 PM  

YUM!! Anything strawberry shortcake sounds good to me but these look delish!

Meaghan Luby April 6, 2011 at 2:41 PM  

wow, these look truly decadent! love it, thanks for sharing!

Kim April 6, 2011 at 9:24 PM  

Oh my are really drawing my attention to this book. I'm thinking I absolutely have to have this book. These look wonderful...and easy (isn't that the best combination)?

SnoWhite April 6, 2011 at 10:59 PM  

I should have gone through my reader earlier today... this would have been a great Bible study treat (using vanilla wafers for the crust; no nuts!). Maybe next week :)

teresa April 7, 2011 at 8:05 AM  

holy cow! i want those for breakfast, they look incredible!

Julie April 7, 2011 at 11:59 AM  

I was thinking that sounds like the perfect breakfast too!

Romney Family April 7, 2011 at 11:12 PM  

CHeesecake is my favorite and these look downright delicious!!!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy April 8, 2011 at 8:00 AM  

These look fantastic! I so want one (or four) for breakfast!

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My name is Lara and while I'm definitely not a gourmet cook, I do love preparing tasty, healthy meals for my family. Finding new recipes to try and sharing the ones we've already fallen in love with is a passion I've had since college and the reason why I've started this blog! With five kids, I'm usually in a hurry, so you'll find most of these recipes kid friendly and simple to make.

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