Meyer Lemon Cheesecake Bars #SundaySupper

For perfect, individually portioned meyer lemon curd topped cheesecakes – make Meyer Lemon Cheesecake Bars for your next springtime fete. 
 
Meyer Lemon Cheesecake Bars from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
 
This post is sponsored by Dixie Crystals. All opinions are my own. 
 

After a long, cold and brutal winter who here is thrilled that Spring has finally arrived?  Mother nature has played little tricks with us with beautiful days tucked between cold and wind but I’m hoping I can finally shed my boots, gloves, parka and thick scarf for pretty dresses and sun hats. 

Instead of hibernating inside, I want to take long walks to the farmer’s market and dine outdoors.  Gone are those heavy winter stick to your bones meals.  Let’s eat lighter and bring out bright flavors. 

To me a bright flavor equals lemon and lemon somehow translates to spring entrees and desserts.  I do find it ironic that lemon is so prominently found in spring desserts even though it’s prime season is winter.  

Meyer Lemon Cheesecake Bars from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

 

Perhaps it appears so frequently because it’s a chance to use up the last of the really good fruit before it disappears. Lemons are bred to grow year round but their cousin the Meyer lemon can still only be found through about the end of April. 

When I see a Meyer lemon, I need to make a cheesecake.  After that I need to make lemon curd.  Sure there are a host of other Meyer lemon related treats that I love but those two are my favorite.  This time around I put them together with some help from Dixie Crystals Sugar.   I love using Dixie Crystals because their sugar is all natural pure cane.  

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Meyer Lemon Cheesecake Bars from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Right, our cheesecake.  What I love about cheesecake bars vs. traditional cheesecake is that it is much less finicky.  There is no need to set up a water bath to bake the cake in and if the cheesecake does crack; it’s okay because the top will be smothered with homemade lemon curd.  

I think this would be wonderful to serve at Easter and if you skip the crust this easily translates to a Passover dessert.  

Meyer Lemon Cheesecake Bars
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 9
Ingredients
For the crust:
  • 2 cups crushed shortbread or sugar cookies
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
For the cheesecake:
  • 3 8oz blocks cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¾ cup pure cane sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • zest from 2 Meyer lemons
  • ¾ cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • Meyer lemon curd (recipe to follow)
Instructions
  1. Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8X8 baking dish and line with parchment paper.
  2. Mix together the crushed cookies and butter until it resembles wet sand.
  3. Press the cookie crust into the bottom of the baking dish, using the bottom of the glass to press firmly into place.
  4. Chill for 15 minutes in the refrigerator and then bake for 10 minutes. Let cool slightly.
  5. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees.
  6. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or using a hand mixer cream the cream cheese, sugar, salt and meyer lemon zest until light and airy about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Scrap down the sides and mix in the sour cream. Mix in the eggs, one at a time on medium speed.
  8. Continue to mix until there are no lumps remaining in the batter. Scrape down the sides and bottom of mixing bowl and pour the batter into the cooled pan.
  9. Bake for 45 minutes or until the center of the cheesecake is just set. You want it to jiggle slightly. Let the cheesecake cool completely in the oven with it propped open slightly with a wooden spoon.
  10. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or over night before carefully removing from the pan.
  11. If you want the edges to look clean cut, using a sharp knife cut the brown parts away. Cleaning the knife with a paper towel after each cut.
  12. Then cut the cheesecake into 9 bars.
  13. Top each cheesecake bar with about 1 tablespoon of lemon curd. Smooth to the edges using a small offset spatula or butter knife.
  14. Keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container prior to serving.

Meyer Lemon Curd
 
This recipe makes quite a bit more curd than you'll need for the cheesecake. Keep the rest stored in the refrigerator for about 1 week. It tastes great on top of toast, pancakes, waffles or scones.
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Meyer lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Meyer lemon zest
  • ½ cup pure cane sugar
  • 3 large egg yolks, beaten
  • 4 tablespoons European style unsalted butter, cold and cut into ½ inch cubes
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, mix together the Meyer lemon juice, zest, sugar and egg yolks.
  2. Continue to whisk over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes or until the mixture starts to thicken up and the sugar is dissolved.
  3. With one piece of butter at a time, add it to the pan and whisk until it is completely melted. Continue to add butter to the curd, constantly stirring.
  4. About halfway through adding the butter the curd will become nice and thick.
  5. Once all the butter as been whisked in remove from the heat and let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Meyer Lemon Cheesecake Bars from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

 

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Let’s also take a look and see what the rest of the #SundaySupper contributors baked up this week! 

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44 thoughts on “Meyer Lemon Cheesecake Bars #SundaySupper

  1. Alida

    The other day I sent my husband to the store for lemons, and he brought home Meyer lemons! Not a bad problem to have, but he didn’t know there was a difference (ha!) Now I am so excited to have this delicious recipe for cheesecake bars to make with them! 🙂

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  9. Alice // Hip Foodie Mom

    Are Meyer lemons still in season? I thought they were only in season from November through March. . oh my goodness. . seriously running to the store today to see if I can find some to make these cheesecake bars!!! so lovely! yum!!

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    1. Susan Palmer

      You can sometimes find them until April (or do what I do and hoard them) but I think it really depends on where you live.

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  11. Lane @ Supper for a Steal

    I’ve always though that was funny about citrus being associated with spring, when our citrus season ends in Jan/Feb, but then I just chalked it up to Florida being weird. These cheesecake bars look incredible.

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  12. Shaina

    Yum! I’m not much for citrus-y desserts, but there’s something about lemon (especially meyer lemons) that really makes me think of spring.

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  13. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Yes! I’ve always thought it’s so strange that lemons are in their prime in the winter, but we all just love them for Spring desserts. Oh well, they’re a year-round thing for me, so I don’t think about the seasonality of them too much 🙂 These bars look simultaneously rich, tart, sweet, creamy and dreamy!

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    1. Susan Palmer

      Glad I’m not the only one who thinks it’s weird that lemons are considered a spring dessert thing!

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    1. Susan Palmer

      I’m so jealous! I really want one for the apartment, but I’m thinking it won’t do so well. 🙂

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  14. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    Oooooh these bars are fabulous, Susan! Look at how creamy the inside of your cheesecake is! And my mouth is already watering over the look of that beautiful bright yellow vibrant curd. It makes me sad that there are no meyer lemons in Vancouver. Maybe you can ship me some next year 😉

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