Cut out these rich cheesecake bars with a star-shaped cookie cutter then decorate with icing and sprinkles for luscious patriotic treats.
What You Need
Original recipe yields 16 servings
1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
3 Tbsp. sugar
3 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 egg s
3 Tbsp. red, white and blue decorating gel s
3 Tbsp. red, white and blue sprinkles
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Let's Make It
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 13x9-inch baking pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan to form handles; set aside. Mix graham crumbs, butter and 3 Tbsp. sugar; press firmly onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking pan.
Beat cream cheese, 3/4 cup sugar and the vanilla in small bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended. Pour over crust.
Bake 30 min. or until center is almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate several hours or overnight. Remove cheesecake from pan, using foil handles. Cut into shapes using a medium star-shaped cookie cutter. Decorate with gels and sprinkles as desired. Store in refrigerator.
Since this indulgent cheesecake makes 16 servings, it is the perfect dessert to serve at your next Fourth of July barbecue!
Cut into 24 bars instead of the star shapes. Makes 24 servings, 1 bar each.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g
Saturated Fat 9g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 19g
Dietary Fibers 0g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
About 1-1/2 doz. stars or 16 servings, about 1 star each
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.