Cheesecake bars


Recipe Description
Two versions: with nuts and without - both creamy and delicious!
Preparation Steps:
Leave butter and cream cheese out to soften

Line baking pan with foil, if desired.
Level of Difficulty:
Easy
Time Needed:
1 hour
Ingredients:
Nutless crust:

1 c. flour
1/4 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. butter, softened

Nut crust:

2/3 c. finely crushed graham crackers
1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. chopped walnuts or pecans
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter, melted

Filling:

8 oz cream cheese
1/3 c. sugar
1/2 t. grated lemon peel
2 T. finely crushed graham crackers (optional)
1 egg
1 T. lemon juice
Serves:
81 squares
Directions:
Nutless crust:

Combine flour and powdered sugar in med bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives until crumbly. Press into bottom and 1 inch up sides of 8x8x2 baking pan.

Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes, or until golden.

Nut crust:

Sift together graham crackers, flour, chopped nuts, and sugar. Add butter; mix until crumbly. Pat into ungreased 8x8x2" baking pan.

Bake at 350F for 12 minutes.

Filling:

Cream together cream cheese and sugar. Add egg, lemon peel, and lemon juice. Mix well.

Pour over baked layer. Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes, or until filling is set.

Sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs if desired.

Cut into squares