Thursday, April 07, 2011

Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Last week Kevin’s sister had a bridal shower for one of their nieces who is getting married next week.  She asked me to make a few goodies for the shower.  I ever so happily obliged.  One of the things I made were these Lemon Cheesecake Bars which I found at Very Best Baking

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I had been looking for recipe that called for part of a can of evaporated milk as I had some in the fridge to use up.  These turned out great and were perfect for using that milk.  I made a few adaptations to the recipe, but for the most part made it as instructed. 

Lemon Cheesecake Bars, by Katrina, Baking and Boys!, adapted from Very Best Baking

2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup unsalted butter, softened, cut into pieces

8 ounces 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened

2 large eggs

2/3 cup fat free evaporated milk

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon all purpose flour

juice of one lemon

zest of one lemon

6-10 drops of yellow food coloring (optional)

about half to 1 cup of whipped cream for topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine flour, salt and powdered sugar in bowl of a food processor.  Add the butter and pulse just until crumbly.  Press onto bottom of an ungreased 9x13 inch baking pan (ungreased).

Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Place cream cheese, evaporated milk, granulated sugar, flour, lemon juice, zest and food coloring in a food processor an blend until smooth.  Scrape sides of bowl, add eggs and blend again until combined and smooth.  Pour into partially baked crust.

Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes (mine took 23) or until set.  Cool in pan on wire rack to room temperature, then refrigerate.  Cut into bars and pipe whipped cream on to each piece.

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I served these in cupcake liners for the shower.  They are perfectly lemony and cheesecakey!

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17 comments:

Tracey said...

Oh yum, lemon and cheesecake - these sound amazing! If I had evaporated milk on hand I'd be making these tomorrow :)

Kayte said...

Okay, we are friends by now, so I feel I can say this: each week I come and visit and make very nice comments on all the CHOCOLATE that goes on around here, right? lol So today I see something REALLY WORTHY, like say, my favorite, LEMON, and I think, "Okay, now we are talking!" Then I find out that it is only here because you were looking for something to do with leftover evaporated milk and that you aren't a convert after all...lol lol. Oh, well, I enjoyed it while it lasted!! These look great.

Betty @ scrambled hen fruit said...

These sound scrumptious! I love lemon, especially in warmer weather. :)

Lisa said...

I never pass up a lemony treat. They're my absolute fave.

Stephanie said...

How did you know I needed this recipe for this weekend??!!

Maria said...

Perfect for spring, even though it is still snowing:(

Leslie said...

I love anything lemon and anything cheesecake..so I am in heaven

Nutmeg Nanny said...

These look great! I love lemon and LOVE cheesecake...yum!

Emily said...

Yum! I love lemony desserts.

Your salad looks great too.

Baking Ribbons said...

Sorry if this is a duplicate post..I love lemon and cheese cake. I know first hand your bars are delicious...I still get compliments on the blueberry cream cheese bars I adapted from your recipe.

Katrina said...

Thanks, Everyone!

jillbert said...

They look so nice in the cupcake liners! I'm going to be doing some baking for a party next month, so I'm jotting that down as a serving idea!

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

I'm with Jilbert. Love how you served your lemon bars in the liners. Makes like even more enticing.

Picking a recipe based on the contents of your refrigeration made me smile. I do the same sometimes.

Megan said...

These look perfect for a shower or I always think tea party. I could go for one (or two) of those right now!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Oh Katrina. Those look sooo good. Can't believe you didn't add in chocolate somehow ;)

Christina said...

Ooo I love anything with lemon. These look delicious!

I'm hosting my first giveaway- I hope you can stop by and try for a chance to win some cookies. :)

nyc catering said...

I simply love lemon cheesecake bars especially when it has whipped cream on top.