September 29, 2015

White Chocolate Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Last week, we went to Destin, Florida.  It was a spectacularly beautiful five days!!

Here's the view from our condo.  We were celebrating our birthdays.  Such a wonderful way to celebrate!!

We had "post-card picture perfect" weather with the exception of one day where the skies opened and poured heavy rain for quite awhile.  I had stopped off to get a pedicure, and just as I was leaving, it started pouring rain with a thunderstorm.  So, I ducked into a couple of shops and looked around while I waited for the rain to subside.  

One of the shops was a Olive Oil and Vinegar store, and I bought a cookbook there.  The cookbook is Southern Scrumptious Favorites by Betty Sims.  It has a lot of recipes that immediately caught my eye, and I plan on trying many of them in the near and not-so-near future!!

An interesting thing about this cookbook is it has absolutely no pictures of the food.  I love pictures of food.  Don't all food bloggers??

I found my inspiration for these cheesecake bars from this cookbook.

If you like chocolate sandwich cookies, cheesecake, a hint of lemon and white chocolate, you are going to like these!  I promise.

White Chocolate and Lemon Cheesecake Bars  

7 ounces of white chocolate, chopped
20 chocolate sandwich cookies
1/2 cup sour cream
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons sugar
1 egg
Juice of two lemons
White chocolate curls for garnish

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Place white chocolate in a small metal bowl.  Melt over barely simmering water in a saucepan until smooth, stirring constantly.  Remove the bowl and set aside.

Place cookies in a food processor and process until ground.  Add two tablespoons of white chocolate to cookie crumbs and stir together.  Press ground cookies firmly into the bottom of an 8 x 8 baking pan.

Beat cream cheese until light and fluffy.  Add sour cream, three tablespoons of sugar, 1 egg, and lemon juice.  Continue to beat with mixer being sure to stop mixer and scrape the bottom of the bowl so that all ingredients are well incorporated.  

Spread on top of prepared cookie crust.  Bake in 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Turn oven off and leave in oven for another 5 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool completely on countertop and then place in refrigerator.  Remove from refrigerator and cut into bars.  Garnish with white chocolate curls.

Serve to family and friends!

(Cheesecake bars should be stored in the refrigerator.)


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