Recipes from Maria's Kitchen

Old Glory Cheesecake Bars
Prep Time: 20 min
Total Time: 3 hr 50 min
Makes: 18 to 24

1-1/2 cups HONEY MAID Graham Cracker Crumbs 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
3 Tbsp. sugar
3 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs
Red, white and blue decorating gels
Red, white and blue sprinkles

MIX crumbs, butter and 3 Tbsp. sugar; press onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking pan.

BEAT cream cheese, 3/4 cup sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended. Pour over crust.

BAKE at 350F for 30 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight. Remove cheesecake from pan. Cut into bars or star shapes using star-shaped cookie cutter. Decorate with colored gels and sprinkles.

How To Easily Remove Dessert From Pan: Line pan with foil, with ends of foil extending beyond edges of pan before pressing crumb mixture into pan. Use foil handles to lift chilled dessert out of pan before cutting into bars.

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