Eggnog Cheesecake Bars

Cheesy baked bars topped with almonds – perfect dessert to impress your guests.

Yield

24 servings

Crust Ingredients

2 cups graham cracker crumbs (32 squares)
3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
2 cup blanched whole almonds, finely chopped
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Filling Ingredients

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup granulated (white) sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs

Topping Ingredients

1/2 cup blanched whole almonds, finely chopped, toasted

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C).

In large bowl, stir crust ingredients until well blended. Press mixture in bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch pan. Bake 8 minutes.

In clean large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until softened. Gradually beat in granulated sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, the nutmeg, cream and vanilla. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until creamy. Pour mixture over crust.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes longer or until center is set. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup toasted almonds; press in slightly. Cool 1 1/2 hours. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows, using thin knife and wiping blade occasionally.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes

Additional Information

Try crushed vanilla wafer cookies instead of the graham cracker crumbs.

To toast almonds, bake in shallow pan at 350°F (177°C) for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.

Storage

Store leftovers in refrigerator.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: Calories 460 (Calories from Fat 320), Total Fat 36 g (Saturated Fat 19 g, Trans Fat 1 g), Cholesterol 110 mg; Sodium 300 mg; Total Carbohydrate 28 g (Dietary Fiber 2 g, Sugars 18 g), Protein 7 g; Exchanges: 2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 High-Fat Meat; 5 1/2 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices: 2

Recipe Courtesy Of

Betty Crocker

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