Italian Cheese Bars

These moist bars have the light texture and classic flavor of traditional Italian cheesecake.

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  • Makes: 20 servings
  • Makes: 20 bars
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Chill: 2 hrs
  • Cool: 1 hr

Italian Cheese Bars

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt butter or margarine in a 9x9x2-inch baking pan in the oven (about 6 minutes). Remove from oven. Stir crushed crackers into melted butter or margarine; press mixture firmly and evenly onto bottom of pan using a wooden spoon. Set aside.
  2. Combine the ricotta cheese, egg, sugar, flour, orange peel, and almond extract in a blender container or food processor bowl; blend or process until smooth. Carefully spread cheese mixture over crumb mixture. Combine the almonds or hazelnuts, cherries, and raisins; sprinkle over cheese layer. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until edges are puffed and golden. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 1 hour; cover and chill for 2 hours. Cut into bars.

From the Test Kitchen

Store cooled bars in tightly covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Nutrition Facts (Italian Cheese Bars)

  • Per serving:
  • 138 kcal ,
  • 7 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat ,
  • 26 mg chol. ,
  • 124 mg sodium ,
  • 13 g carb. ,
  • 1 g fiber ,
  • 5 g pro.
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