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Citrus Cheesecake Bars

Citrus Cheesecake BarsThese refreshing citrus cheesecake bars are great for entertaining or special family gatherings. Garnish with grated lemon or lime zest for extra color and flair.

Recipe Ingredients:

Nonstick cooking spray
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 (8-ounce) package regular or light cream cheese, at room temperature
1 (14-ounce) can NESTLÉ CARNATION Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime or lemon juice
1 to 2 tablespoons grated lime or lemon peel
Powdered sugar
Additional lime or lemon peel for garnish

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Line an 8 or 9-inch-square baking pan with foil, making sure edges fold over pan. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine flour, butter, granulated sugar, salt and lemon peel in medium bowl; stir to combine. Press firmly into prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Cool on wire rack while making filling.
  4. Beat cream cheese in large mixer bowl until smooth. Beat in sweetened condensed milk. Stir in lime juice and lime peel. Pour into crust.
  5. Bake for 28 to 30 minutes or until edges puff slightly but center still moves slightly. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cover; refrigerate for several hours. Lift from pan with foil; cut into bars. Dust with powdered sugar; grate lime peel over bars.

Makes 16 bars.

Recipe and photograph are the property of Nestlé® and Meals.com, used with permission.