At the last minute, I decided not to make the white chocolate-lime cheesecake bars for my half birthday party. Instead, I opted for these lemon ripple bars. Lemon seemed to evoke the flavors of Spring more than lime and white chocolate. I cut them into small, bite-sized pieces and they went like hot cakes at the party!

This easy-to-follow recipe is divine. The crust is flecked with lemon zest and lemon curd is rippled with the creamy cheesecake filling. They are wonderful for a party because you can make them one or two days before the event. For the recipe,


Lemon Ripple Cheesecake Bars

Lemon Ripple Cheesecake Bars


  1. Crust
  2. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  5. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces and chilled
  7. Filling
  8. 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  9. 1/2 cup cold water
  10. 2 large egg yolks
  11. 1 3/4 cups sugar
  12. 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  13. 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  14. 1 1/4 pounds cream cheese, softened
  15. 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  16. 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  17. 1/4 cup sour cream
  18. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Make the crust: preheat the oven to 325°F and position a rack in the center. Butter a 9-inch-square nonstick baking pan.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the flour with the sugar, lemon zest, and salt. Add the butter and pulse until a soft, crumbly dough forms.
  3. Press the dough evenly over the bottom and a scant 1/2 inch up the side of the pan. Bake the crust for 20 minutes, or until golden and firm.
  4. Meanwhile make the filling: in a small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in the water.
  5. In a medium sauce pan, whisk the egg yolks with 3/4 cup of the sugar and the lemon juice. Whisk in the cornstarch mixture and cook over moderate heat, whisking gently, until the sugar is dissolved and the lemon mixture is hot, about 4 minutes. Boil over moderately high heat for 1 minute, whisking constantly, until the mixture is thick and glossy. Strain the lemon mixture into a heatproof bowl. Stir in the lemon zest and let cool.
  6. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese with the remaining 1 cup of sugar until smooth.
  7. Beat in the flour until blended. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well between additions. Add the sour cream and the vanilla and beat until the batter is smooth. Pour the cream cheese batter over the crust and smooth the surface with a spatula.
  8. Dollop the lemon mixture on the cheesecake batter and carefully swirl it into the batter; take care not to cut into the crust. Use the back of a table knife to gently swirl together the lemon mixture and the cheesecake batter. Take care not to swirl too much each mixture should remain distinct so you have a lovely white and yellow pattern on top.
  9. Bake the cheesecake for about 40 minutes, or until golden around the edge and just set. Run the tip of a knife around the edge to loosen the cheesecake from the side of the pan.
  10. Let cool on a wire rack for 1 hour, then refrigerate the cheesecake until thoroughly chilled. Cut into 16 bars and serve.

Makes 16 large bars.

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