This and that: Meyer Lemon Shortbread Cheesecake Bars

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Meyer Lemon Shortbread Cheesecake Bars

Last week I decided to do some baking for Easter.  I had some Meyer Lemons and I had wanted to make some Lemon Shortbread cookies.  If any of you follow my blog or facebook page on a regular basis, you know that I don't always read recipes and just pick what I want out of a recipe and make up the rest.
Well, to make a long story short this is what my dough looked like:  

Not really the dough I had in mind when I was starting out my cookies.
I did finally get my cookies made and the recipe is here,
but my dilemma was 'What was I going to do with all the crumbs?'
So I did what any sane person would do.... I went to facebook and asked my followers...
Here are some of the suggestions I got:
Pie crust with added coconut oil... yum I am going to try that
Topping for a fruit crisp dessert... Yes, for sure with the lemon in the dough...
Using for a crustless quiche
and lastly CHEESECAKE..
Sounds like a winning combination for me and it was...

Meyer Lemon Shortbread Cheesecake Bars

Bottom Layer Shortbread Crust:
I used my Meyer Lemon Shortbread Cookie recipe with only 1/2 cup margarine.  This made close to 3 times the amount you really would need.
You could use any shortbread crust recipe. 
Lemon Filling (Middle Layer):
4 eggs
1 1/2 cup white sugar
1 tbsp all purpose flour
1 tbsp lemon zest
1/2 cup lemon juice
Cream Cheese Layer (Top Layer):
2 - 8oz cream cheese
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs (beaten)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In 9 x 13 pan press shortbread crust on bottom and sides of pan.  Bake for approx 10 - 15 minutes until lightly brown.  Set aside to cool.

In mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, white sugar, flour, lemon juice and zest.  Pour this mixture over crust.

Mix cream cheese and sugar until well mixed.  Add beaten eggs.  Pour over lemon mixture.   Bake for 40-50 minutes until filling is set.

***These mixtures will separate once baked.  I was surprised that they did.
***I used a water bath to make mine.  I placed a pan filled half full of water on the rack below the bars.
*** next time I would add just a small amount more of shortbread crust.  I added about 2 cups of the mixture I had, so would probably increase it to 3.  

Enjoy ~ I added some canned cherry pie filling on top.

Ϡ₡✻   Marlys

✻✿*.¸.* Enjoy your day....`*.¸.*✻✿*.¸.*

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  1. My three favourites together in one bar... genius!

    Will be trying these on the weekend, thanks for sharing!

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    (¸.·´ (¸.·`¤... Jennifer

    1. Thanks for stopping by and let me know what you think if you make these.

  2. Good Evening Marlys, Oooh, I love lemons and this recipe combines my love of lemons with my love of shortbread, with my love of I think I have found my next baking recipe. Thank you so much.
    Best Wishes

    1. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did Daphne

  3. YUM, did I say I LOVE lemons and YUM? Pinned this one! Thanks for sharing Marly
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

  4. Oh My Word...I wish all my kitchen accidents or "not the way I had in mind" kind of thing would turn out as beautiful and delicious as yours! Guess who's licking the screen now my friend!!! Thank You for sharing Marlys, this one is a hit for sure!
    Big Hug,

    1. I am sure your accidents turn out just as beautiful Liz and thanks for the compliment.

  5. This was a definite Pinterest Pin. Love Lemon, thanks Marlys.

  6. What incredible creativity went into this dish. I am drooling as I type this. Ut oh, now my keyboard needs to be cleaned off. :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by and drooling Marlene

  7. Yum yum! Stopping by from "Swap n' Share Sunday" to drool and pin this lovely recipe.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and pinning Nicolette.

  8. This looks delicious! Stopping by from Spatulas on Parade. Have a great week!

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

  9. Thanks for sharing these at the Swap N Share Sunday! I see you had some visitors from the party as well. that's great

  10. I'm visiting from the Swap and Share party! These look great!

  11. This looks wonderfully, lemon. pinned! Thank you for the recipe.

    Consider yourself hugged,

  12. Oh wow! I love lemon and this looks perfect! Thanks so much for sharing!!


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