Standing at the kitchen door: ♥Tropical Pina Colada Cheesecake Bars♥


Standing at the kitchen door: ♥Tropical Pina Colada Cheesecake Bars♥.

Sunday, August 16, 2009
♥Tropical Pina Colada Cheesecake Bars♥

Quick, easy and fun to make. A great little treat to finish off a summer BBQ! I like these because I usually have all of the ingredients on hand. None are off-the-wall like so many recipes we think we’d love to make but would need to go out to purchase something that we’d use only once in a blue moon☺

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon water
cooking spray
Filling
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup (2 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 tablespoons grated lemon rind
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon pineapple juice, reserved from canned pineapple

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
dash of salt
3 eggs, beaten
Remaining ingredients
1 cup canned pineapple tidbits, drained

1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted
Preheat oven to 350°.

To prepare crust, combine first 4 ingredients in a bowl. Add butter, oil, and 1 tablespoon water; toss well. Press mixture into the bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool completely.

To prepare filling, combine cottage cheese and the next 7 ingredients (through salt) in a food processor, and process until smooth. Add eggs, and process until blended. Spread cheese mixture over cooled crust. Bake at 350° for 33 minutes or until set. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until thoroughly chilled. Top with pineapple and coconut. Cut into 16 bars.

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