Pecan Cheesecake Bars

I found this really simple recipe at Land O’Lakes’ website. There was nothing about it that didn’t sound good. After all, I’m a fool for cream cheese.

Pecan cheesecake bars

The crust is baked first without the filling. The directions read to beat the crust ingredients together, but I found that a pastry blender worked much better. Be sure to remove 1 cup of this mixture to use as topping. I forgot to do that until I had just put it in the oven. Back out it came. I scooped out a cupful, smoothed out the crust again, and put it back in. No harm done, I suppose, except for frustration. Then, 10 minutes later, I had a lovely crust.

The filling mixed together quickly, and just in time to spread over the freshly baked crust. I then revisited the crumb mixture and my apparent inability to follow directions, and sprinkled the rescued cup of crust mixture on top of the filling. Baking took about 30 minutes.

These are really delicious. Nothing extra special, but really impressive for how quick and easy they were to make.