Italian Cheese Bars

Italian Cheese Bars

These moist bars have the light texture and classic flavor of traditional Italian cheesecake.

Recipe from Better Homes and Gardens
SERVINGS
20
YIELD
20 bars
PREP TIME
20 mins

Italian Cheese Bars

These moist bars have the light texture and classic flavor of traditional Italian cheesecake.

Ingredients
  • 1/2  cup butter or margarine
  • 1 1/4  cups finely crushed graham crackers (about 18)
  • 1  15  ounce container fat-free ricotta cheese
  • 1   egg
  • 1/4  cup sugar
  • 2   tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2   teaspoons finely shredded orange peel
  • 1   teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2  cup sliced almonds or chopped hazelnuts
  • 1/3  cup chopped candied cherries
  • 1/3  cup golden raisins
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Directions
1. 
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt butter or margarine in a 9x9x2-inch baking pan in the oven (about 6 minutes). Remove from oven. Stir crushed crackers into melted butter or margarine; press mixture firmly and evenly onto bottom of pan using a wooden spoon. Set aside.
2. 
Combine the ricotta cheese, egg, sugar, flour, orange peel, and almond extract in a blender container or food processor bowl; blend or process until smooth. Carefully spread cheese mixture over crumb mixture. Combine the almonds or hazelnuts, cherries, and raisins; sprinkle over cheese layer. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until edges are puffed and golden. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 1 hour; cover and chill for 2 hours. Cut into bars.

Make Ahead Tip

  • Store cooled bars in tightly covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 138, Fat, total (g) 7, chol. (mg) 26, sat. fat (g) 3, carb. (g) 13, fiber (g) 1, pro. (g) 5, vit. A (RE) 52, vit. C (mg) 1, sodium (mg) 124, calcium (mg) 111, iron (mg) 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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