Thursday, November 19, 2009

Orange cheesecake bars

2 Cups Crushed vanilla wafers (about 40)

1/4 Cup Butter

3 Pkgs. ( 8 oz. Each) Cream cheese, softened

1 Can (14 oz.) Sweetened condensed milk

3 Eggs

2 Tsps. Vanilla extract

2 Tbsps. Orange juice concentrate

1 Tsp. Grated orange peel

5 Drops Yellow food coloring

3 Drops Red food coloring

In a bowl, combine the wafer crumbs and butter. Press into a greased 13-inch x 9-inch x 2-inch baking pan. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add the milk, eggs and vanilla. Beat just until combined. Pour half over crust.

Add the orange juice concentrate, orange peel, extract and food coloring to the remaining cream cheese mixture; beat until combined. Pour over first layer. Bake at 325° for 45-50 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting.

YIELD: 3 dozen bars

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