I think it’s safe to say that anything cheesecake will be consumed by me upon immediate exposure.
I’ve never met a cheesecake I didn’t like. And these bars with the ever-so-subtle taste of nectarines is definitely in that category. Besides, it’s practically health food because it contains 3 whole nectarines and ginger cookies. And ginger cookies are good for you because I said so. Say hello to Dr. Disarro!
Really though, the moment I got these nectarines from Door to Door Organics I immediately knew that they were going into cheesecake bars. Don’t ask me how I just know these things, it just happens. I see goat cheese and think “sweet potato.” I see apples and think “cinnamon and butter.” And when I saw those nectarines I thought “cheesecake.”
And then I made it happen.
The best part about these is they make a big batch to share with friends. Or eat entirely by yourself. You know, whatever. All I have to say is just eat them!
NECTARINE CHEESECAKE BARS WITH GINGER COOKIE CRUST
- 2 8-oz blocks of cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar + 2 Tbsp, divided
- 3 eggs
- 3 nectarines
- lemon zest from one lemon (optional)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups crushed ginger cookies (I used Whole Foods 365 Brand)
- 6 Tbsp butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350. Mix together the cookie crumbs, 2 Tbsp of sugar, and the butter. Press into the bottom of a greased 9×13 pan and bake at 350 for 6-7 minutes. Remove from oven. Meanwhile, peel the nectarines with a paring knife and get all of the flesh off of the pit that you can – no need to make it look good. Process the nectarines with 1/2 a cup of the sugar well. In a mixer cream together the cream cheese and remaining 1/2 cup of sugar. Add in the nectarine puree. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until very well combined, scraping the sides of the bowl if necessary. Re-grease the sides of the pan with the ginger cookie crust and then pour the cheesecake batter into the pan. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes until the cheesecake is set. Let cool at room temperature and the refrigerate before serving. Enjoy!