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Time To Cook With Eggnog

Is it too soon in the holiday season to talk eggnog? Because I'm not trying to rush past Thanksgiving by any means, but eggnog season is just soooo short, and I kind of love it. I really want to stretch it out as long as possible.

I usually buy one carton of eggnog a year to drink and that tides me over, but oh how I love to bake and cook with eggnog. As soon as eggnog hits the store shelves, I'm buying it and adding it to pancakes, cookies, bread, coffee, etc. Eggnog adds such wonderful flavor to so many recipes!

It's no secret that we love cheesecake around the Dine & Dish house. It is probably one of my favorite desserts - and boy am I lucky because there are so many different variations to choose from. PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese has launched a fun, interactive website this holiday season called Cheesecake Cheer! The site is dedicated to celebrating the wonderful world of cheesecake, with great cheesecake recipes, cooking tips and how-to's from expert cooks.

It was after seeing the wonderful Triple Caramel Cheesecake Bar recipe on the Cheesecake Cheer site that I became inspired to create a variation using Eggnog. The result was an amazing holiday treat, wonderful for any eggnog and cheesecake lover out there.

I hope you enjoy this new holiday favorite!

Eggnog Cheesecake Bars
Prep Time: 20 minutes • Cook Time: 45 minutes • Serves: 16

1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
3 Tbsp. melted butter
1 Tbsp. sugar
¼ tsp. grated nutmeg
4 packages (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar
12 oz. eggnog (full fat variety)
2 tsp. vanilla
4 eggs
Eggnog spice or nutmeg for garnish

PREHEAT oven to 325°F.

MIX graham cracker crumbs, butter and 1 Tablespoon sugar in a bowl. Press into the bottom of a 9x13 baking pan.

BEAT cream cheese, 2/3 cup sugar, eggnog and vanilla until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition until well blended. Gently pour over crust.

When ready to serve, slice into squares and sprinkle with eggnog spice or nutmeg.

For more recipes and ideas, visit my blog at www.dineanddish.net.

Eggnog Cheesecake Bars
Eggnog Cheesecake Bars

Think there's nothing sweeter, creamier and more delightful than a glass of eggnog? You might reevaluate once you've tried these cheesecake bars!

Total Time 1hr. 5min.

Article by Kraft TasteMaker Kristen Doyle. For more recipes and ideas, visit her blog at Dine And Dish.

Please keep in mind that the bloggers opinions, advice and recipes are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Kraft Foods.


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