Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Bars

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1/3 cup sugar (pref. vanilla sugar)
1/2 cup butter softened
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup half and half or light cream
2 8 oz packages plain cream cheese at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 1/2 vanilla bean
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking pan (or used the Bakers Edge).
Begin by making the crust. In a large bowl cream together sugar and butter, until smooth and fluffy. Working at a low speed, gradually beat in flour and salt until mixture is crumbly. Press evenly into prepared pan and bake for 15-17 minutes.
While the crust bakes, combine sugar, half & half and cream cheese in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. Add in eggs one at a time, waiting until each in incorporated before adding the next. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the mixture (or add extract) and add the flour. Pulse until smooth.
Pour the filling over the hot crust when it has finished baking. Return pan to oven and bake for 23 to 26 minutes, until the filling is set (baking time should be reduced slightly if using a 9×13-inch, as the filling will be slightly thinner) and not jiggly.
Cool completely before slicing (dont be alarmed if the cheesecake appears to deflate somewhat as it cools), or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Makes 20-24 bars.

How to make vanilla sugar



Meal   SnackCooking Method   Baked
Features   Vegetarian

Sandy A

Member since Jan 2008

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