Saturday, December 17, 2011

Cookie Day Two

Yes, Chumley, there are cookies in the house.
Sorry they are not for doggies.
Last time I had a cookie day I neglected to check my ingredient list before I got all involved and discovered later that I was dangerously low on flour and brown sugar. I baked what I could with what I had and substituted stuff when necessary. The pantry was restocked and so this baking marathon could begin.

At last I got my desired biscotti and a much tastier version of peanut butter cookies (which this time got the missing brown sugar, just not the same with white). The traditional rum balls were made with bourbon instead of rum, by request from Dave who was saving his rum for eggnog.
O Christmas treats, how faire thou art.
This round I decided to double the recipe for the Lime Cheesecake Bars. These are just as decadent and yummy as a giant cheesecake, without the 32 oz of cream cheese usually required.
Here's the recipe:
Lime Cheesecake Bars
1 c. chopped walnuts
2/3 c. brown sugar
2 c. flour
1 c. butter
2 (8 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese, at room temp.
Juice and zest of one lime or lemon or orange or tangerine
1/2 c. sugar
4 tbsp. milk
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix brown sugar, flour and walnuts together. With pastry blender or in mixer incorporate butter to form a crumbly mixture. Reserve 1 cup of mixture for crumbs on top. Put rest of mixture in a pan and gently pat it down. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. While crust is baking, beat cream cheese, lime zest and sugar until smooth. Add lime juice, milk, eggs, vanilla and pour over baked crust. Sprinkle the 1 cup of crumb mixture over top and bake an additional 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool. Cut into squares while warm. Refrigerate for best flavor.

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  1. OMG, those look sooooo yummy! And how come you aren't making some doggy cookies too? I have a friend who used to make and sell them at our local craft fair... they sold "like hotcakes"! Just sayin'... ;->

  2. I've got to make these lime bars!!! What size pan did you use????

  3. Sounds scrumptious!! Thanks.

  4. I'm baking today - on the way to the kitchen now! I'm with Symthia - what size pan? 9 x 13 or 9 x 9 or 8 x 8? Sound yummy!

    We got our first real snow today - the plows actually made a run (I think the guys are looking for Saturday pay to be honest!!) - really late "first" snow for the Chicago area!

  5. Sorry, I should have said a 9x13x2 or 10x13x2" pan.

  6. Would the no fat cream cheese work in a cheese cake recipe? (I don't bake often anymore - kids are all gone from home and we are both diabetic. Love love love cheese cake, and would make it for gatherings where I wouldn't have it around the house for temptation.)

  7. Those Squashed-with-a-fork biscuits look great too - can we have that recipe please? Are they your Peanut butter biscuits?

  8. Yummy, remember when we made cookies together. What fun.

  9. This recipe is mighty tempting. Might have to try this one! Thanks. Nancy


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