Thursday, September 13, 2012

STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE DESSERT BARS

1 box strawberry cake mix with pudding
1 cup chopped toasted pecans
1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
2 pkgs (8-oz each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup strawberry jam

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the cake mix and pecans in a medium mixing bowl.  Drizzle the butter over the mixture and stir until combined well.  Press the mixture over the bottom of a lightly greased 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking pan.

In a medium to large mixer bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth; spread over the crust.

Process jam in a food processor or blender until smooth.  Pipe the jam across the filling lengthwise approximately 1-inch apart.  Using a butter knife, cut through jam gently, moving knife slightly side to side cutting through the filling mixture going crosswise on the filling. This will make almost a squares look.

Bake bars at 350 degrees for 18 to 23 minutes until edges start to brown and the center is set.  Allow to cool in the pan on a wire rack.  Cover and chill for at least 2 hours until firm.

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