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Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Melanie Clarke Photo by: Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Melanie Clarke

Dressed-Up Cheesecake Bars

We did not call for sugar in the crust—it's tasty without it—and the sauces add sweetness. Arrange a mini buffet so guests may customize their pieces of our cheesecake bars with sauces and sprinkles.

Southern Living DECEMBER 2008

  • Yield: Makes 2 dozen
  • Prep time:15 Minutes
  • Bake:48 Minutes
  • Cool:2 Hours, 20 Minutes
  • Chill:8 Hours

Ingredients

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 (8-oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Cherries Jubilee Sauce
  • Dark Chocolate Sauce
  • Hot Caramel Sauce
  • Cashew-and-Gingered-Apricot Sprinkles

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together graham cracker crumbs and butter; press into bottom of a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch pan.

2. Bake at 350° for 8 minutes. Remove from oven, and cool completely on a wire rack (about 20 minutes).

3. Beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Combine sugar and flour; gradually add to cream cheese, beating just until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over prepared crust, spreading to edges of pan.

4. Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes or until set. Remove from oven, and cool on a wire rack (about 2 hours). Cover and chill 8 hours. Cut into bars. Serve with Cherries Jubilee Sauce, Dark Chocolate Sauce, Hot Caramel Sauce, and Cashew-and-Gingered-Apricot Sprinkles.

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