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Is it a dessert? An appetizer? You decide! Slide the scale on the amount of blue cheese and sugar in this recipe and you can make either. To go savory, use my recipe below and serve with a jam like the one pictured, my Tomato Strawberry Jam, or even an Onion Jam. To go sweet, decrease the blue cheese and increase the sugar and serve with sweetened berries and powdered sugar. BTW, this is the best graham cracker base I've ever made hands down. The secret, per @CIAGreystone classmate @jbarrette25, is brown butter...read on to learn how to do it!
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Golden brown butter is the key to an amazing graham cracker base!
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These are my two roommates, Bubby (black and white rescue from NYC) and Elmers (rescue from UC Davis). Appropriately nicknamed my love muffins, they LOVE cheese!

Blue Cheese Cheesecake Bars

February 9, 2016

30 min or less active, appetizer, dessert, fall, spring, summer, winter

Is it a dessert? An appetizer? You decide! Slide the scale on the amount of blue cheese and sugar in this recipe and you can make either. To go savory, use my recipe below and serve with a jam like the one pictured, my Tomato Strawberry Jam, or even an Onion Jam. To go sweet, decrease the blue cheese and increase the sugar and serve with sweetened berries and powdered sugar. BTW, this is the best graham cracker base I've ever made hands down. The secret, per @CIAGreystone classmate @jbarrette25, is brown butter...read on to learn how to do it!

Information

Servings: 16
Time: About 20 minutes active; 70 minutes total plus cooling
Price: About $13.00 total; $0.80 per serving
Nutrition (per serving):
Calories: 240
Protein: 5.2g
Fat: 17g
Saturated fat: 9.5g
Carbohydrates: 17.1g
Fiber: 0.3g
Sodium: 434mg
Cholesterol: 82.4mg
High In:
Good Source: Protein, Vitamin A
Low In:

Ingredients

  • 4 oz unsalted butter
  • 7 oz graham crackers
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 10 oz cream cheese, at room temp
  • 6 oz mild, creamy blue cheese, at room temp
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 Tbsp half and half or heavy cream
  • 1 tsp real vanilla extract

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a small pot, melt the butter over slightly less than medium heat. Cook 10 minutes until it's a deep golden brown.
  3. Add the brown butter, graham crackers and brown sugar to a food processor and mix until combined and starting to stick together.
  4. Press flat into an 8" x 8" pan and bake for 10 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  5. Meanwhile, whip the cream and blue cheeses, sugar and salt in a food processor until smooth, scraping the sides periodically. Add the eggs and yolk and pulse until combined.
  6. Finally add the half and half and vanilla and pulse until combined.
  7. Pour into the pan on top of the graham cracker base. Bake 30 minutes until firm and the edges are light brown. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan. When at room temp, wrap and refrigerate overnight before cutting.

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