These Lemon Cheesecake Squares are so delicious, made with a shortbread base and topped with a creamy Lemony filling. The Perfect dessert Cookie Bar.
These Lemon Cheesecake squares were always a Christmas tradition in my home in Canada. Have I ever said I love cheesecake? Well I do! And these I must say are the easiest and tastiest ones out there, from the almond shortbread crust to the creamy lemon filling. They are perfect.
I was making these on the weekend and my eldest daughter looked at me and asked “what are you going to do with those?” “Well,” I said. “I thought I would put them in the freezer until Christmas”.
Well the look of relief on her face was priceless and I can’t say I don’t understand. Unfortunately my eldest daughter takes after me, look at food and there you go 5 pounds added, and usually not in the place we would have chosen.
And then there is the youngest as her sister continually reminds me “how the heck did that happen” She eats everything in sight and she is always skinny! Who the hell knows how this happens, she sure didn’t take after my side of the family! Oh well!
Especially now with Christmas coming and the start of the baking season it is a good thing I have a big freezer, looks like a lot of desserts will be joining the lemon cheesecake squares.
Of course I do share with family and friends that is if my husband doesn’t get to some of the sweets first. In the morning for breakfast he will dump anything and everything in his caffè latte (took me the longest time to get used to that)!
Lemon Cheesecake Squares
Although no one is dumping these lemon cheesecake squares anywhere! So off to the freezer they go until Christmas.
What I like so much about these lemon cheesecake squares besides being so darned delicious, is the light taste of almonds in the shortbread base, and that amazing lemon filling the combination is perfect.
Believe me it was really tough pulling myself away from them. If you like you could serve a larger piece as a dessert or cut them in into smaller squares and serve them with other Christmas Cookies, these would also make a perfect Easy Summer Dessert Recipe. Enjoy!
Lemon Cheesecake squares
A delicious almond shortbread base & a creamy lemony filling. The perfect Cookie Bar or Dessert recipe.
- FOR THE BASE
- 1 cup flour 125 grams
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar 62.5 grams
- 1/4 cup ground almonds 30 grams
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 tablespoon butter 70 grams
CREAM CHEESE FILLING
- 8 ounces package Cream Cheese softened 250 grams
- 1/2 cup sugar 100 grams
- 1 egg
- juice from 1/2 lemon
- zest from 1 lemon
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees (180 degrees celsius). Lightly grease and flour an 8 inch (20 centimeter( square cake pan.
In a small bowl combine flour, sugar and almonds, cut in butter with a pastry blender, blend until mixture is crumbly. Place mixture in an 8" (20 centimeter) square cake pan and press down firmly. Bake for 15 minutes.
In a medium bowl beat at medium speed all the ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Spread evenly over baked crust. Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes or until set. Let cool. Refrigerate before cutting. Enjoy!