Cherry Cheesecake Bars

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All week we try hard not to have extra treats around the house trying as a family to be healthy, but Sunday when we all gather together as a family it feels like a celebration! The great thing about making it  for Sunday dinner, is you get a yummy treat but it’s gone fast so there isn’t a lot of leftovers to tempt you for later.
My Cassie has always loved anything cherry for desserts and I absolutely love cheesecake! This is the best of two worlds. 
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Ingredients: Click to print recipe
Crust:
3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup cold salted butter, cut into small cubes
1 egg
Filling:
24 ounces whipped cream cheese
1 cup sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla
2 (21 ounce) cans cherry pie filling
Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
4 Tablespoons heavy cream or milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 9×13 pan with cooking spray.
  • Make the crumb: In a bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder. Using a fork or pastry cutter blend the butter and then the egg into the flour mixture. The dough will be crumbly. Press half the dough into the pan with your hands, and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, and then let cool.
  • Make the filling: In a different bowl, beat the cream cheese, vanilla and the sugar until smooth. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the crust, make sure it’s even. Spoon the cherry pie filling  over the cream cheese mixture. Crumble the remaining dough evenly over the cherry layer.
  • Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Cool completely before adding the glaze.
  • Make glaze: Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Drizzle over the bars and let set.

Recipes like this one, reminds me of something my cute grandma would make and it feels like home!

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17 thoughts on “Cherry Cheesecake Bars”

  1. visitingfrom wow me wednesday linky. THis sounds like the perfect thing Ihave been looking for. I love cherries and cheesecake, but making a cheese cake just never turns out "right". I'll give these a try…and great for taking to my daughters!
    Cheri
    fabricandmemories.blogspot(dot)com

  2. My mouth is watering. This looks super easy, and great for a crowd too. Stopping by from the Bajan Texan… would love for you to stop by my baking blog to say hello 🙂 x

  3. Your Cherry Cheesecake Bars look yummy! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing your post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. Oh my these look DELISH! Thank you for linking up to Party Under the Big Top, the #BigTopBlogParty! So happy you were able to join in on the fun this week!

    Wishing you a fabulous week!

    Much love,

    Lysa xx
    Welcome to My Circus

  5. Oh this looks soooo yummy and thank you for sharing it at my Show and Share Party. I wanted to feature this recipe this week, but I don't see a link back to my blog at the end of the post 🙁

    Blessings,
    Linda

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