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Dessert recipe: Stand out by making Chambord cheesecake bars

Make cheesecake classy with some Chambord and fresh raspberries
Make cheesecake classy with some Chambord and fresh raspberries
Photo courtesy of Much Ado About Fooding

Valentine's Day - the typical chocolates and sweets easily make their way to your loved ones but consider making it more special by creating your own dessert. Put in the time to bake something. These Chambord cheesecake bars are elegant desserts that require minimal expertise but produce a wow factor. This recipe will make approximately 12-16 bars to enjoy.

Ingredients

Crust

  • 4 oz walnuts
  • 6 sheets of graham crackers
  • dash, ground cinnamon
  • dash, salt
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter

Sauce

  • 3 oz fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 187 mL Chambord raspberry liqueur

Filling

  • 16 oz cream cheese, room temp
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line an 8x8 pan with foil.
  2. Grind walnuts and graham crackers together.
  3. Add cinnamon, sugar, and salt. Melt butter and pour half into the pan.
  4. Add crust mix and pour other half of butter. Mix together and press evenly.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes and let cool.
  6. Change oven to 325°F.
  7. Fill a saucepan with fresh raspberries, sugar, and Chambord. On low, bring to a boil.
  8. At first boil, crush raspberries. Lower heat to simmer.
  9. In a separate bowl, cream together cream cheese and sugar. Add eggs, sour cream, and vanilla extract.
  10. Pour onto crust. Drizzle sauce on top horizontally. Drag a toothpick across lines to create swirls.
  11. Bake 30-40 minutes until set but soft in the center.
  12. Let cool for 30 minutes-1 hour. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight. Enjoy with fresh raspberries on top.

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