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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Sweet Treats Saturday: Eggnog Cheesecake Bars

As the holidays wind down, there's still time for one more seasonal treat.  I love cheesecake but never think to make it.  I have a couple of tried and true recipes that I love, but am always looking for a new one to try.  Well, this version fit the bill.  I love eggnog during the holidays, but I'm alone on this one in my house.  Luckily, the hubby declared these 'delicious!' even though he isn't a fan of the drink.  

I prefer to make cheesecake the night before so it has plenty of time to chill.  This treat is so easy, and you don't need a springform pan.  I've saved this to my holiday baking repertoire as it was such a hit, but as long as eggnog is on the grocery store shelves, you can enjoy this treat!

Eggnog Cheesecake Bars
Recipe from Brown Eyed Baker
Makes approx 18 bars

12 graham crackers, finely ground (1½ cups of crumbs)
¾ cup + 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
2 ounces (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
16 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
¾ cup eggnog
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon brandy
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon + 1½ teaspoons all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, plus extra for dusting
¼ teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking pan, then line with parchment paper; set aside.

2. Stir together the graham cracker crumbs, 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar, and the melted butter. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake until the crust is just brown around the edges, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool.

3. Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining ¾ cup granulated sugar and beat for an additional couple of minutes, until smooth. Add the eggs and yolk, eggnog, brandy and vanilla and beat again until completely combined and smooth. Finally, beat in the flour, nutmeg and salt and mix until smooth.

4. Pour the filling over the crust. Set the pan in a larger pan (a 9×13-inch works for this), and add enough hot water to come halfway up the sides of the baking pan. Bake until just set, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove the baking pan from the water bath, and transfer to a wire rack. Let cool for 30 minutes, then refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.

5. Cut into 1½x3-inch bars. Lightly dust the tops of the bars with freshly grated nutmeg just before serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Note: If you don’t wish to use the brandy, you can simply omit it... but I recommend leaving it in.

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  1. These look yummy! Thank you for linking up to my party!

  2. Looks Yummy! I would love it if your shared this with my new blog hop:



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