Vanilla Cheesecake Bars


I was craving cheesecake and Bake or Break posted this on Facebook today – so of course I had to give them a try!! I lightened them up a bit.

For the crust:

1/4 c unsalted butter, softened

1/4 c coconut palm oil

1/3 c sugar
1 & 1/2 c all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt

For the filling
16 ozs cream cheese, softened
1/2 c coconut palm sugar

1/2 c half & half
1 egg
2 egg whites
1 TBSP vanilla extract

1 TBSP all-purpose flour

To make the crust:
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9″x 13″ baking pan.

Beat butter palm oil and sugar until smooth and fluffy. Reduce mixer speed to low, and gradually add flour and salt until mixture is crumbly. Press evenly into prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes.

To make the filling:
Place cream cheese, sugar, and half & half in the bowl of a stand mixer or a food processor. Mix until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the mixture, or add extract if using. Add flour. Mix until smooth.

Pour filling over partially baked crust. Bake for 22-24 minutes, or until the filling is set. 
Refrigerate until ready to cut into bars and serve.

Serves 24.


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