At what point of the winter do you hit the end of your rope with all things winter? Compared to the past few years, it’s been a really moderate winter here in Michigan. Moderate enough that we’ve all missed the snow and the really cold weather. I’ve definitely missed the snow too, but as of today, I’m officially done with winter. I am craving longer days, sunnier skies, and warmer weather.
When that mood hits, whether it’s me or anyone else in the family, I find that having a little taste of spring or summer is the best medicine. Hot dog picnics in the middle of a snowstorm…ice cream cones and popsicles after a long drive home from school on ice-covered roads…and summery desserts on nights when mom is freezing.
If you could see my right now, you’d know that the blanket on my lap and the freezing fingers wrapped around my hot coffee mug mean we all enjoyed some summery (at least in my mind) Kiwi-Glazed Cheesecake Bars tonight.
- For Crust
- 2 c. graham cracker crumbs (about one sleeve, crushed)
- 2 T. sugar
- 1/2 c. butter, melted
- For Filling
- 2 8oz. packages cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 1 T. lime juice
- 1 t. vanilla
- 2 eggs
- For Glaze
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 1/3 c. water
- 2 T. lime juice
- 2-3 kiwis, quartered and sliced
- Combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter in a bowl. Press into a 13×9 casserole dish lined with foil. (For easy removal of the bars, leave an inch or two of foil hanging over the ends of the dish.) Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes, until golden and set. Cool.
- While the crust cools, beat the cream cheese in a mixing bowl until creamy. Add sugar, lime juice and vanilla. Beat an additional 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs until combined. Pour on top of cooled crust.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until edges are lightly browned and filling is set. It will firm up as it cools. Cool on a wire rack and then move to the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before cutting.
- Shortly before cutting the bars, combine sugar, water and lime juice in a small pot. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat. Cook until slightly thick and syrupy, stirring often. Remove from heat. Stir in kiwi pieces.
- Remove the bars from the casserole dish and cut into squares. Garnish each square with a spoonful of the kiwi. Serve and enjoy. Store leftovers in the fridge.