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Friday, May 30, 2014

Berry Cheesecake Bars

Berry Cheesecake Bars. You tell me, what doesn't look amazing about these? Well, I am very pleased to tell you they really ARE amazing! Refreshing and scrumptious in every way. From the pecan cookie crust, the fresh lime cheesecake filling, all topped off with bright berries, this dessert will definitely wow a crowd!

Berry Cheesecake Bars

1/2 c. Butter (1 stick) at room temperature
2 T. Olive Oil
1/3 c. Packed Brown Sugar
1/3 c. Sugar
2 c. Flour
1 c. Chopped Pecans

Cheesecake Filling:
2 pkgs. of Cream Cheese- at room temperature
1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 Lime- squeezed, about 2 1/2 T. of juice
1 T. Lime zest
1 T. Cornstarch
about 1 c. Fresh Blueberries and sliced Strawberries

Preheat oven to 350. 
Crust: In a large bowl, beat the butter and oil about 1 min, add both sugars and beat for 3 minutes. Add in the flour and pecans. Press the mixture into a 9 x 13 nonstick pan. Bake at 350 for 8-10 min. Let cool a couple minutes.

Cheesecake filling: In a bowl bean cream cheese and sugar for a few minutes. Add in the eggs and vanilla, beat another couple minutes. Beat in the fresh lime juice and zest. Add in the cornstarch and beat until smooth. 

Pour the filling over the crust and bake at 350 for 20-25 min or until set. Cool a few minutes, then refrigerate at least 1 hour. Cut into squares trimming off the browned edges as you go. Refrigerate until serving. Top with the berries and serve. 

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