Red, White and Blueberry Bars

By Leslie Bilderback 07/01/2010

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Celebrate America on July 4 with this nutty, fruity, cheesy-cake treat. It tastes great with any ripe summer fruit, including peaches, cherries and plums. Share them with friends on Independence Day or, better yet, bake them for your favorite sailor or soldier. 

Ingredients

1 cup rolled oats

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup walnuts, chopped

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted

2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 pint fresh raspberries

1 pint fresh blueberries

 
Method

1. Preheat oven to 350˚. Coat a 9x13-inch baking dish with pan spray. In a large bowl, mix together oats, flour, brown sugar, walnuts, baking soda and salt. Add melted butter and stir to moisten. Press into prepared pan and bake 10 minutes, until lightly browned.

2. Beat together cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Mix in eggs, one at a time, and add vanilla, then flour. Spread on top of crust. Distribute berries evenly across the surface and press gently into cheese. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, until cheese is set and just begins to brown. Cool completely, then chill at least 2 hours before cutting and serving. 

 

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