Strawberry Lemon Cream Cheese Bars

Strawberry Lemon Cream Cheese Bars
Strawberry Lemon Cream Cheese Bars
  • prep: 20 min
  • cook: 40 min
  • total: 1 hr
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  • Summary

    Strawberry Lemon Cream Cheese Bars — Layers of buttery shortbread crust, strawberry jam, and creamiest lemon cheesecake. The perfect summer dessert! Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8 x 8 inch pan with cooking spray. In the bowl of a food processor (or in a medium mixing bowl if not using a food processor), lightly pulse the all-purpose flour, whole-wheat pastry flour, powdered sugar, ¼ teaspoon lemon zest, and salt. Add butter pieces and pulse just until mixture is crumbly and resembles coarse cornmeal. (If not using a food processor, cut butter pieces into the dry ingredients with a fork or pastry blender.) The mixture will feel dry to the touch. Press the mixture onto bottom of the prepared pan. Bake 20 to 22 minutes, until lightly browned. Set aside to cool for at least 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a large mixing bowl), beat together the cream cheese, Greek yogurt, and granulated sugar until smooth. Add the egg and beat just until blended. Mix in the fresh lemon juice, cornstarch, vanilla, and remaining ¼ teaspoon lemon zest. Beat well. Spread preserves over the cooled shortbread. Pour the cream cheese mixture over preserves, spreading to edges. Bake an additional 28 to 32 minutes, or until the cheesecake appears set on top and only jiggles slightly when you wiggle the pan. Let cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Cover and chill 4 to 8 hours. Cut into bars and garnish with whipped cream and fresh strawberry slices. Store leftover lemon cream cheese bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days. To freeze, leave bars ungarnished, wrap tightly in a double layer of plastic, and freeze for up to 1 month. Let thaw in the refrigerator, then top with fruit just before serving.

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or substitute all purpose flour)
    • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
    • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
    • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
    • 16 ounces (2, 8-ounce blocks) light cream cheese, softened (do not use fat free)
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
    • 1/4 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt, at room temperature
    • 2 large Phil’s Fresh Eggs, at room temperature
    • 1 large Phil’s Fresh Egg yolk, at room temperature
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
    • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 3/4 cup strawberry preserves
    • Fresh sliced strawberries and/or lemon slices, for serving

    Instructions

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 9
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 500 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 26 g 39.25%
    • Saturated Fat: 13 g 64.26%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 81 mg 27.1%
    • Sodium: 876 mg 36.5%
    • Calcium: 290 mg 28.99%
    • Potassium: 75 mg 2.14%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 3 mg 15.08%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 54 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 4 g 15.57%
    • Sugar: 19 g
    • Protein: 16 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 1 g
    • Vitamin A 16.54%
    • Vitamin C 14.83%
    • Vitamin D 0%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat5
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs1
    • Exchange - Starch3
    • Exchange - Vegetables0
    • Exchange - Lean Meat1
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total2 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total0 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total1 oz-eq

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