Monday, October 6, 2014

Zach's favorite Lemon Cheesecake Bars

The fourth born turned 17 yesterday. Seventeen.
He requested his favorite dessert...Lemon Cheesecake Bars and a trip to the city for a steak dinner.
He's always been the easy one.
Happy Birthday Zach!

Lemon Cheesecake Bars
2 c flour
1/2 c pwd sugar
1 c cold butter, cubed
16 oz cream cheese, softened
1 c sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
4 eggs
2 c sugar
1 t lemon zest
1/3 c fresh lemon juice
1/2 t baking pwd
1/4 c flour
Non-melting pwd sugar
Butter baking dish, I use a 10x15" dish. A parchment lined straight cornered baking pan works well also.
Stir together 2 c flour & 1/2 c pwd sugar. 
Cut in butter with pastry blender or food processor until crumbly.
Press dough into prepared dish.
Bake @350ยบ for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. 
While crust is baking combine cream cheese and 1 c sugar until smooth. Add 2 eggs and vanilla.
Pour cream cheese mixture over hot crust.
Whisk 4 eggs in a large bowl until smooth, add 2 c sugar, lemon zest and juice.
Stir together baking pwd and 1/4 c flour, whisk into lemon batter.
Slowly pour over cream cheese layer.
Bake an additional 25 minutes or until filling is set.
Cool in pan for 30 minutes. If using parchment paper, lift from pan and cut into bars.
Chill completely in refrigerator and sprinkle with non-melting pwd sugar.
Garnish with sugared lemon zest, if desired.

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