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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

By on December 20, 2012 in Fans on Tap with 2 Comments

by Amy Johnson, Managing Editor, HockeyPub.com

015PHILADELPHIA, PA — Not many desserts are as rich and decadent as cheesecake.  It’s a true indulgence.  But what if you could make a “portable” version of cheesecake to satisfy those cravings?  Cheesecake in cookie form!  I used these as my entry in a cookie exchange today and they were VERY popular – and this recipe makes a lot of them!

Raspberry Cheesecake Bars
Recipe courtesy of “Woman’s Day”  Christmas Cookie Jar

Prep time: 25 minutes (plus 4 hours of chilling time)
Makes about 36 bars

Ingredients:
Crust
18 shortbread cookies (or half a box of Nilla Wafers, which is what I used)
3 tbsp butter, softened

1 jar (12 oz) seedless red raspberry jam

Filling
2 bricks (8 oz each) cream cheese, at room temperature
1 1/3 cups sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
2 tbsp freshly grated lemon peel

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.  Pulse cookies in a food processor into fine crumbs.  Add butter, pulse until blended.

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2. Scrape crumb mixture into a foil-lined 13×9 baking pan which has been coated with nonstick cooking spray.  Press crumbs evenly over the bottom of the pan.  Bake 10 to 13 minutes until lightly browned.  Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.

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3. Reserve 2 tbsp of jam in a separate bowl.  Spread remainder of jar over crust, stopping about 3/4 inch from the edge.

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4. Beat cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on high speed until smooth.  On medium speed, beat in eggs and lemon peel until blended.

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5. Spoon filling around edges of pan over jam, then pour the rest into the middle, smoothing with a spatula.

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6. Heat remaining 2 tbsp jam and drizzle over the filling.

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7. Bake 35 to 40 minutes until set around the edges but still jiggly in center.  Cool in pan on a wire rack.  Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight before lifting foil out of the pan to cut into bars on a cutting board.  Enjoy!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for our next holiday cookie recipe – Eggnog Cookies!  And if you missed any previous recipes in our series, be sure to check them out below:

Day 1 – Golden Chocolate Chunk Nutty Bars
Day 2 – Inception Brownies
Day 3 – Traditional Butter Cookies
Day 4 – Devil’s Food Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
Day 5 – Sriracha Peanut Butter Cookies
Day 6 – Easy Jam-Filled Cookies

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