No-Bake Cheesecake Bars with Homemade Berry Sauce
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These light and creamy no-bake vanilla bean cheesecake bars doesn’t require ANY baking!! Just whip them up and let the refrigerator do all of the work!
Yield: 16 bars
  • 1 c. graham cracker crumbs (from about 8 sleeves)
  • 5 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp. cold water
  • 1½ tsp. plain powdered gelatin (I bought a box of little packets)
  • 2 (8 oz.) packages original cream cheese, room temperature for 30 minutes
  • ¾ c. powdered sugar
  • ⅓ c. sour cream, room temperature for 30 mintues
  • 2 tsp. vanilla bean paste*
  • pinch of salt
  • ¾ c. heavy whipping cream
  • Sour cream topping (optional):
  • ¾ c. sour cream
  • 3 tbsp. powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  1. To make the crust, in a medium size mixing bowl combine the graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar and salt. Pour the melted butter over top and stir until a soft wet mixture forms. Firmly press into a 8x8 or 9x9 inch pan. Place in the freezer to chill while preparing the filling.
  2. In a small microwave-safe mixing bowl, whisk together the water and gelatin. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large mixing bowl) beat the cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add the sugar, salt, vanilla and sour cream, beat just until combined.
  4. Place the gelatin mixture in microwave and heat for 25 seconds on HIGH. Remove and whisk for 1 minute. Allow to cool for 2 minutes, then with mixing speed on low, slowly add the gelatin to the cream cheese, mixing until combined.
  5. Using a hand mixer (or if you have another bowl for your mixer, use that), in a medium bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the whipped cream into the mixture. The whipped cream will loosen the filling up a bit and make it slightly more spreadable.
  6. Carefully spread the filling into the chilled crust. Spread into a smooth, even layer.
  7. Prepare the topping by combining all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl and stirring together until smooth. Using a spatula, spread over the top of the cheesecake.
  8. Place in the refrigerator and chill for at least 4 hours before slicing and serving.
*Substitue 2 vanilla beans OR 1 vanilla bean + 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Recipe source: Life Made Simple
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