Lime Cheesecake Bars

I get great joy out of making sure any dessert or side dish I bring to a dinner party goes well with the theme of the night’s menu. Our Supper Club is a group of 7 couples that get together once a month for a potluck supper. The great part is we rotate houses and each bring a dish to share so the burden of cooking and cleaning doesn’t fall on just one couple. Potlucks are fun…but can turn into a whole bunch of random dishes thrown together that don’t really taste great together. To conquer that problem we decided whoever is hosting picks a theme…Italian, Mexican, southern, you get the point…that way we bring a dish that goes with the theme. So far this method is working really well and we are enjoying some awesome food!

This past month’s theme was Mexican!! The hostess made a delicious taco bar and of course…margaritas! We had some great dips to munch on before hand and some good sides as well. I have a huge sweet tooth so I always seem to bring dessert. I searched hi and low on Pinterest (my favorite website EVER!) until I found the perfect fit:

LIME CHEESECAKE BARS!

The lime part fit so well into the Mexican and Margarita theme and WHO doesn’t love cheesecake? (ok, ok…to be completely honest I’m actually the only person on the planet that doesn’t like cream cheese, so I’m not a fan of cheesecake…but since none of my friends are weirdos like me, I thought this was the perfect dessert!)

These cheesecake bars are perfect for any occasion…give them a try this weekend! I think you’ll like them.

Not a fan of lime? You really could make these any flavor…lemon, orange…these would all work as well. Just use your imagination and let your taste buds be your guide!

Since I found the recipe on Pinterest and it’s not mine, I’ll link to the original blog (they have lots of yummy recipes to try on it too!)

Have a blessed weekend!

~Anne

Creamy Lemon {or Lime!} Bars
Adapted from Kraft

20 Nilla Wafers, finely crushed
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) cold real butter
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese (you can use 1/3-less fat cream cheese)
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, at room temp (just place eggs in a bowl of warm water for about 10 mins)
2 Tbsp. flour
3 Tbsp. grated lemon peel, divided
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (don’t even think about opening a bottle!)
1/4 tsp. Baking Powder
powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line 8-inch square baking pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan. Spray lightly with non-stick spray and set aside.

In a bowl, combine Nilla Wafer crumbs, 1/2 cup flour and the brown sugar. Chop butter into small pieces and then cut into crumb mixture with a pastry blender.If you don’t have a pastry blender, just use 2 knives, or even your fingers to break up the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Press crumb mixture firmly onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15 min.

While crust is cooking, beat cream cheese and granulated sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, 2 Tbsp. flour, and baking powder; mix well. Blend in 1 Tbsp. lemon zest, and lemon juice and then pour mixture over crust.

Bake 25 to 30 min. or until center is set. Cool completely. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight. These bars improve with time. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and remaining 2 Tbsp. grated lemon peel just before cutting into squares to serve. Store leftover squares in refrigerator. (As if you’ll have leftovers!)

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