Fruit Topped Cheesecake Bars

This recipe comes from the inside of a Philadelphia cream cheese package from more than ten years ago. I even used the ten-year old cream cheese IN the recipe. Kidding.

I know it used to be available on the Philadelphia (Kraft Foods) website, but I couldn’t find it, so you’ll just have to trust me!

Ingredients:

2 cups graham cracker crumbs (available in a box in the baking aisle, or you can crush actual crackers yourself)

7 tablespoons of butter, melted

1 cup of sugar

3 packages of cream cheese, softened

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1/2 cup  mashed banana (1 large, ripe banana)

3 eggs

8-10 strawberries, cut in half

1 banana sliced

1 can (8oz.) pineapple chunks, drained

Preheat the oven to 350.

Combine the melted butter, graham cracker crumbs and 1/4 cup of sugar in a bowl. Use a fork (or the forks God gave you, your hands) to combine the ingredients until the crumbs are moistened and can be pressed into a crust. Press onto the bottom of a rectangular pan (13 x 9-ish).

To soften the cream cheese, microwave for 15-second increments until it’s soft but not melted. With an electric mixer, combine the cream cheese, 3/4 cup of sugar, and vanilla until blended. Add eggs and mix until combined.

Stir in mashed banana and pour batter over crust. A note about the banana: even people who don’t like banana, like this cheesecake. The flavor is so mild most people don’t even realize it’s banana.

This is the mashed banana. I mashed it with a fork in a Pyrex cup.

Bake for 30 minutes – the edges should look done but the center can be a LITTLE wiggly. It’s important not to undercook cheesecake so if you’re unsure, give it another 3-5 minutes.

Cover and refrigerate for at least three hours. Cut into bars and top each piece with a strawberry half, banana slice and pineapple chunk. Graciously accept compliments from all who taste it.

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One thought on “Fruit Topped Cheesecake Bars

  1. Jenny,
    Found your blog on SheWrites. Love your cheesecake recipe! Here’s a fun fact: Both my parents worked at the Kraft Foods Headquarters in Chicago during the 30s, 40s, & 50s. One of my mother’s “claims to fame” is that she was a taste tester in the KF kitchen when they were perfecting the recipe for Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese Cheesecake. She loved to relive those moments. And . . . she made one mean cheescake!

    Ginger B.
    http://coppertopcollins.blogspot.com
    http://www.gingerbcollins.com

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