Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mother's Day Dessert | Strawberry Cheesecake Bars with Golden Oreos

I shared the recipe for these strawberry cheesecake bars two years ago, and they were too good not to make a reappearance, and just in time for Mother's Day. A crowd pleaser and easy to make, these sweet treats are perfect bite sized dessert. Dessert is typically not a high priority for me, however there are a few exceptions. Cheesecake is one of them. So if you're looking for something simple and delicious to add to your table for Mother's Day, or any day really, I highly recommend these little squares of cheesecake heaven. 
If strawberries aren't your thing, I'm sure these would be just as good with a substitute fruit such as blueberries or raspberries. Personally I'm a huge fan of strawberries and love to incorporate them in desserts any chance I get.


What are some of your favorite desserts to make for Mother's Day?


Strawberry Cheesecake Bars with Golden Oreos
INGREDIENTS  (Makes 24 Bars)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 package of golden Oreos, divided
1 ¼ cup strawberries, diced
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 tablespoon of water
2 teaspoons of lime juice
½ teaspoon cornstarch
8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup of non-fat plain Greek yogurt
1/3 cup sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg 
INSTRUCTIONS
1.       Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.       Place approximately 20 of the golden Oreos in a food processor and blend until crumbs form.
3.       Slowly pour the melted butter in with the Oreo crumbs and pulse until mixed well.
4.       Remove crumbs from the food processor and press into an 11 inch square baking pan lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven and let cool.
5.       Place diced strawberries in saucepan with 1 tablespoon of water and one tablespoon of sugar.
6.       Bring the strawberries to a boil, cover and simmer for 10 minutes, or until soft, stirring frequently.
7.       Combine lime juice and cornstarch into a mixture. Add to the strawberries, simmering for another minute until thickened.
8.       Pour strawberry mixture into the food processor and pulse until smooth. Place into a bowl and set aside.
9.       Place softened cream cheese, yogurt, 1/3 cup of sugar, vanilla, and egg into the food processor and pulse until combined.
10.   Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the Oreo crust.
11.   Next, carefully spread the strawberry mixture on top of the cream cheese layer.
12.   Bake at 325 for 35 minutes or until done.
13.   Remove from oven and let cool.
14.   Crush remaining Oreos into pieces and lightly press into the bars.
15.   Refrigerate for at least  3 hours before slicing and serving.

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