Italian Cheese Bars

Italian Cheese Bars Recipe

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Patricia Dixon

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@patdixon

i usually cook these for Christmas. My family loves them. The moist bars have the light texture and classic flavor of traditional Italian cheesecake.

Rating:
★★★★★ 2 votes
Comments:
Serves:
20
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
25 Min

Ingredients

1/2 c
butter or margarine
1--15oz oz
container of fat free ricotta cheese
2 Tbsp
all-purpose flour
1
egg
2 tsp
finely shredded orange peel
1 tsp
almond extract
1/2 c
sliced almonds or chopped hazelnuts
1/3 c
chopped candied cherries
1/3 c
golden rasins

How to Make Italian Cheese Bars

Step-by-Step

  • 1Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt butter or margarine in a 9x9x2 inch baking pan in the oven { about 6 minutes}. Remove from oven. Stir crushed crakers into melted butter or margarine; press mixture firmly and evenly onto bottom of pan using a wooden spoon. Set aside.
  • 2Combine the ricotta cheese, egg, sugar, flour, orange peel, and almond extract in a blender container or food processor bowl; blend or process until smooth.Carefully spread cheese mixture over crumb mixture.
  • 3Combine the almondsor hazelnuts, cherries, and rasins; sprinkle over the cheese layer. Bake for 25 to 30 mins. or until the edges are puffed and golden.
    Cool in pan on a wire rack for 1 hour; cover and chill for 2 hours. Cut into bars. Makes 20.
  • 4Make ahead tip: Store cooled bars in tightly covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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About Italian Cheese Bars

Course/Dish: Cakes, Other Desserts