Wednesday, July 22, 2009

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

I made this cheesecake for Dan’s birthday and then again about a week later for a get-together with some friends. Even though I don’t like chocolate {yes, the truth finally emerges!}, I still really liked this cheesecake {I just didn’t eat the crust!}. I discovered after having this cheesecake that I really enjoy baked cheesecake, and probably even like it better than non-baked cheesecake. It’s not too difficult to make and it tastes and looks super yummy!

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

Prep: 20 min – Total 4 hrs., 48 minutes
Makes 9 servings, 2 bars each

12 Oreo Cookies, finely crushed
2 Tbsp butter, melted
3 squares white chocolate, divided
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
½ cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
¼ cup red raspberry preserves

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix cookie crumbs and butter {I just mixed mine right in the pan that you'll put it in - saved on dishes!};

press onto bottom of 8-inch square pan.

Melt 2 chocolate squares as directed on package.
Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with mixer until blended. Add melted chocolate; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended.

Pour over crust.

Bake 25-28 minutes or until center is almost set.

Cool 5 minutes {this may be rather unethical, but I think it works better to be sure it's cooled and to make the preserves spread better if you put in the refrigerator for about 5-10 minutes - I didn't do that with the one in the picture and you can see it wasn't staying together very well - the refrigerated one worked without a cinch}; spread with preserves.

Melt remaining chocolate square; drizzle over cheesecake. Cool cheesecake. Refrigerate 4 hours. Cut into 18 bars.
Kraft Food and Family, Holiday 08/Winter 09 edition, pg. 35


M and W said...

Those look REALLY good!

Wendy and Spencer said...

Looks beautiful. Jessica, have you ever done any sort of "master monthly menu"? I've heard of that lately and wondered if you have one?


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