Raspberry Jam Cheesecake Bars

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Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep
45 mins
Cook
45 mins

Got this recipe from a friend who "adapted/adopted" it from Pillsbury. Everyone in our building loves these and I make them a special batch at Christmas and for Valentine's Day.

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Ingredients

Nutrition
  • Crust

  • 12 cup sugar
  • 12 cup butter, softened to room temp
  • 1 cup flour
  • Filling

  • 1 (8 ounce) cream cheese, softened to room temp
  • 12 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract (I use 1/2 tsp. almond and 1/2 tsp. vanilla, butter and nut extract)
  • 1 large egg
  • Topping

  • 14 cup seedless raspberry jam, red

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8 inch square baking pan by spraying it with non stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine crust ingredients until well blended.
  3. Press into the bottom of the pan and bake for 15-20 minutes (depending on your oven) until the edges are lightly brown.
  4. While the crust is baking, combine the filling ingredients in a large bowl and mix until well blended.
  5. Remove the crust from the oven and pour the filling over the crust.
  6. In a small bowl, heat 1/2 of the 1/4 cup of jam until soft.
  7. Carefully spoon the jam over and into the filing without disturbing the crust.
  8. Put the pan back in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes longer until filling is set.
  9. Cool for 30 minutes.
  10. Stir remaining jam until smooth, then spread it evenly over the cooled bars.
  11. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  12. Store leftovers (like you'll have those!) in the refrigerator.