Cherry Cheesecake Bars

These no bake cherry cheesecake bars are sure to be a hit with family and friends.

Ingredients:

CRUST:
  • 3 cups graham cracker crumbs (2 packs of graham crackers)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup (12 Tablespoons) butter, melted
CHEESECAKE:
    • 1 (3 oz.) package cherry gelatin
    • 1 cup water
    • 3 packages cream cheese, softened
    • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
    • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
    • whipped cream, for topping

Directions:

PRE-STEP: Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a 13×9 inch baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

STEP 1: Using a food processor, pulse graham crackers until crumbly. Mix in sugar and melted butter until crust forms.

STEP 2: Press graham cracker crust into prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Let crust cool before topping with cheesecake mixture.

STEP 3: In a small saucepan, boil water. Add cherry gelatin mixture to a small bowl. Add boiling water to gelatin mixture and stir until completely dissolved. Let cool before adding to cream cheese mixture.

STEP 4: Using a hand mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, mix cream cheese and powdered sugar until light and creamy.

STEP 5: Add cooled cherry gelatin and heavy whipping cream and mix until completely combined.

TIP: The cream cheese mixture will start out runny, but don’t give up. Keep beating it until it thickens. Also, if your using a stand mixer switch to a wire whip attachment.

STEP 6: Pour cheesecake mixture on top of cooled crust. Place in fridge for at least 4 hours before cutting into squares. Top with whipped cream and enjoy!

Source : allrecipes.com

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