Fresh Raspberry Bars

Recipe by tammarie
READY IN: 1hr 10mins
YIELD: 24 bars




  • Preheat oven to 350. Line a 13x9x2 inch baking pan with a 24" sheet of aluminum foil, leaving extra foil extending over ends. In a large bowl beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until it just begins to blend and soften slightly.
  • Add brown sugar and salt, beat on low speed until incorporated, 30 seconds to 1 minute. With mixer off, add the 2 cups flour. Beat on low speed until flour is incorporated. Increase speed to medium, mix until ingredients from an even, cohesive dough.
  • Break dough into small chunks and distribute in prepared pan; with your fingers press dough into an even layer. Bake 20 minutes or until dough has begun to puff and is just set. Cool on wire rack 5 minutes.
  • Lightly brush exposed sides of foil with some extra softened butter to keep filling from sticking. Spread jam evenly over crust.
  • Sprinkle evenly with raspberries.
  • With a lemon zester, remove peel from lemon, making sure to avoid bitter white pith. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Mix in granulated sugar and 1 T flour until blended. With mixer running, add egg, egg yolk, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
  • Pour custard batter evenly over berries. Tilt pan back and forth to distribute evenly. Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes or until barely set. Transfer to a wire rack until completely cool, about 1 hour; cover and transfer to refrigerator. Chill 2 hours. Top will crack slightly as it cools.
  • Use foil to lift the bars from pan. With a knife or metal spatula, support the sides of the bars while you gently peel the foil downward and away from sides of the bars.
  • Cut into long bars, peel foil from bottom, and transfer to cutting boards using side of a long knife or spatula. Cut into 24 squares.
  • Sprinkle very lightly with powdered sugar.