Lisa’s Cherry Cheesecake Bars

Lisa’s Cherry Cheesecake Bars

Like me, my friend Lisa has an African American Mother from the South, in this case Louisiana. Unlike me, Lisa’s Mom was a Home Economics teacher. If you still have not decided on your Christmas desserts I suggest rotating Lisa’s Cherry Cheesecake Bars into your lineup.

There are a few reasons Lisa’s Cherry Cheesecake Bars are the ideal dessert for Christmas this year. Let’s start with Lisa’s rationale for deciding to make this dish – you are getting a healthy portion of fruit with your sweet treat. I laughed out loud at her explanation, but she has a point. Cherries, particularly tart cherries, have benefits like helping strengthen the immune system and improving gut health. Besides their fantastic taste, I like these bars because you can control the portion without feeling deprived by cutting them into smaller serving sizes.

Lastly, these cheesecake bars are gluten-free unlike my Cheesecake Elegante that I made last Christmas, which is equally as amazing. As you may recall, I like to use organic ingredients in all my cooking most of the time. But when it comes to the type of dairy products I cook with, I get even more discriminating in that the cows that the dairy is sourced from need to be grass-fed. Always listen to your gut.

Lisa's Cherry Cheesecake Bars have a gluten free oatmeal crust and topping that is buttery bliss.

Lisa’s Cherry Cheesecake Bars

Lisa's Cherry Cheesecake Bars have a gluten free oatmeal crust and topping that is buttery bliss. Great for the Christmas dessert table or anytime.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine African American, American
Servings 20 people

Equipment

  • 9 x 11 inch Baking Dish
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring Cups
  • Electric Hand Mixer
  • Large Spatula or Wooden Spoon
  • Medium Saucepan

Ingredients
  

  • Organic Cooking Spray
  • 1 – 15.5 ounce box XO Baking Oatmeal Cookie Mix – Flavorful Gluten Free
  • ¾ stick Organic Butter
  • 2 – 8 ounce packages Organic Cream Cheese
  • 1 Organic Egg
  • 2 tbsp Organic Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 tsp Organic Vanilla Extract
  • 24 ounces Organic Cherries, frozen
  • 2 tbsp Organic Lemon Juice
  • 1 cup Organic Sugar
  • ¼ cup Water
  • ¼ cup Organic Cornstarch

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat bottom and sides of a 9×11-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Pour cookie mix into a large bowl. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly and coarse. Reserve 1 1/2 cups crumb mixture; press remaining crumbs into the bottom of the prepared baking pan.
  • Bake crust in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove partially baked crust and leave oven on.
  • Beat cream cheese, ½ cup of the sugar, egg, flour, and vanilla extract together in a bowl using electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. BE CAREFUL NOT TO OVER BEAT.
  • Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over the partially baked crust.
  • Simmer cherries, lemon juice and water on medium heat for 10 minutes.
  • Whisk the remaining ½ cup of sugar and cornstarch together and add to the cherry mixture. Simmer a few more minutes until sauce has thickened.
  • Spread cherries on top of the cream cheese and then sprinkle with the remaining cookie crumble. Bake for 35 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes before refrigerating. Chill for approximatley 2 hours and then cut into 16 to 20 bars. Serve.
Keyword Cheesecake, Cherry Cheesecake, Christmas Desserts, Easy Desserts, Gluten Free Desserts, Healthy Dessert


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