American Cheesecake Squares

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Celebrate the 4th with these patriotic treats!

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  • 1 1/2 c. graham-cracker crumbs
  • 7 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. sugar


  • 12 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 c. strawberry jam
  • 1 pt. blueberried


    1. Step 1Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan. Line pan with foil, extending it over the rim; grease foil.
    2. Step 2In bowl, with fork, stir graham-cracker crumbs, butter and sugar until blended. Press mixture onto bottom of pan. Bake 10 minutes. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
    3. Step 3In small bowl, beat cream cheese at medium speed until smooth; gradually beat in sugar. Mix in eggs and vanilla just until blended. Pour filling over crust; bake 40 to 45 minutes. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Chill until ready to serve.
    4. Step 4Place jam in small saucepan; cook over low heat, stirring, until liquid. Strain; cool slightly. Pour into a plastic bag; seal.
    5. Step 5When cheesecake is cold, lift foil with cake out of pan. Place on cutting board and peel away foil; cut cake into 12 pieces. To decorate, place berries in the top left corner of each bar. Snip a small hole in corner of plastic bag; pipe jam in stripes around berries to create flaglike decoration.

Turn cheesecake into an easy-to-eat finger-food with this patriotic option to a brownie.

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<p><figcaption><span>Brian Hagiwara</span></figcaption></p>
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