Thursday, January 1, 2015

Blackberry Cheesecake Bars ~ with Oreo Crust

It's the New Year and while other blogs are posting salad recipes and the newest paleo diet you can count on finding sweets here.
I enjoy salad as much as the next herbivore but nothing beats ending a meal with dessert. 
Traditional cheesecake, baked in a springform pan, sometimes feels like a challenging endeavor. These cheesecake bars are baked in a square baking pan, making them easier to bake and serve. 
They are also versatile as you can use any jam to your liking.
I have used raspberry and blackberry jam, both are quite yummy!
Enjoy & Happy New Year!!

Blackberry Cheesecake Bars with Oreo Crust
12 Oreo Cookies, finely crushed
2 T butter, melted
16 oz cream cheese, softened
1 c sugar
1/4 c heavy cream
3 eggs
3 t vanilla bean paste (or pure vanilla)
1/4 c blackberry (or other flavor) jam
Line a 8x8" square baking pan with enough foil to hang over edges.
Combine Oreo crumbs and melted butter, press into bottom of baking pan.
Beat together cream cheese and sugar until smooth. 
Add cream, eggs and vanilla.
Pour filling over crust.
Bake at 375° for 30-40 minutes, until the filling is set but still soft in the middle.
Heat jam in microwave for about 15 seconds and spread on baked bars.
Refrigerate for 4 hours before cutting.
To serve; lift foil lined cheesecake from pan and peel back foil, slice into squares.

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