Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

Total Time:
1 hr 30 min
Prep:
45 min
Cook:
45 min

Yield:
24 bars

Ingredients
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup blueberry or other fruit preserves
  • Hot shortbread base (see below)
  • Shortbread base
  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl whisk cream cheese until smooth and whisk in eggs, sugar and vanilla. Evenly spread preserves over hot shortbread and pour cream-cheese mixture over it. Bake in middle of oven until slightly puffed, about 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan and cut into 24 bars. Bar cookies keep, covered and chilled, for 3 days.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut butter into 1/2-inch pieces. In a food processor, process all ingredients until mixture begins to form small lumps. Sprinkle mixture into a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking pan with a metal spatula, pressing evenly onto bottom. Bake shortbread in middle of oven until golden, about 20 minutes.


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