Lemon Cheesecake Bars
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If you like cheesecake, you'll LOVE these bars! Golden cookie base, tangy & creamy filling and the perfect crumble topping! And they are a cinch to make! So if you're baking for any holiday or event and looking for a non-chocolate treat, these gluten-free Lemon Cheesecake Bars are perfect. Store well in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
Recipe type: Dessert, Cookies, Holidays
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Serves: 16 bars
Cookie Base + Crumble Topping (same ingredients; you'll set aside 1 cup of it for the topping)
  • 1½ cup gluten-free all purpose flour with xanthan gum (I use GFJules - affiliate link)
  • ½ cup butter or dairy free alternative, softened (I used Earth Balance soy free sticks)
  • ½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts
Lemon Cheesecake Filling
  • 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg (best if room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line an 8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper.
Cookie Base and Crumble Topping
  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, butter and brown sugar. Blend in the mixer until the particles are fine.
  2. Stir in the nuts.
  3. Reserving 1 cup for topping, press remainder of flour mixture into lined 8" square baking pan.
  4. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes until lightly browned.
  5. Remove from oven and set aside.
Lemon Cheesecake Filling
  1. Meanwhile in same mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and white sugar and mix until well blended and creamy.
  2. Add egg, milk, lemon juice and vanilla and mix until well blended.
Add mixture onto baked base
  1. Pour filling mixture onto partially baked crust and spread evenly.
  2. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture
  3. Return to oven at 350 degrees F for 25 30 minutes.
Cool and cut into squares
Store in a cool place or refrigerator. Stay fresh for 4-5 days. Do NOT store in the same container as other cookies as they will make the other cookies really moist.
Recipe by healthyGFfamily.com at https://www.healthygffamily.com/recipe/lemon-cheesecake-bars/