Lime Cheesecake Bars

Servings: Makes 18 to 20 servings
Serving Size: 1/18 of a recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 36 minutes
 

Crust:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
7 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 egg yolk, beaten
1/3 cup flaked coconut, firmly packed

Filling:
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 (14-ounce) can EAGLE BRAND« Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 eggs
1/2 cup lime juice
Optional toppings (recipes follow)

Instructions
Preheat oven to 400║F. In mixer, combine flour and sugar. Add butter and egg yolk; blend until combined. Mix in coconut.
Press dough into greased 13x9-inch glass baking dish. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Reduce temperature to 350║F.
With mixer, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in EAGLE BRAND« until smooth. Add eggs; mix until just combined. Stir in lime juice.
Pour batter over crust. With oven at 350║F, bake 17 to 22 minutes or until center is set.
Cool. Cover and chill 2 hours. Serve with topping (optional, recipes follow). Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.


Notes: Optional Toppings

White Chocolate Glaze with Toasted Coconut and Pecans

1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter or margarine, divided
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1 1/4 cups white chocolate chips or vanilla chips
1/4 cup lime juice

In skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add coconut and pecans; cook and stir until coconut is light brown. Remove from heat. Cool. In large bowl, combine chips, lime juice and remaining butter. Microwave on MEDIUM-HIGH (80% power) 30 to 40 seconds. Mix until smooth. Pour glaze over bars, spreading evenly. Top with coconut mixture.

Mixed Fruit Salsa
Makes 2 1/2 cups

1 mango, peeled, pitted and diced
1 cup chopped pineapple
1 cup diced strawberries
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar

Mix all ingredients in bowl. Chill at least one hour. Stir before serving.

Quick Raspberry Sauce
Makes 3 cups

2 (12-ounce) packages frozen raspberries, thawed
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons water

Combine all ingredients in food processor or blender and mix until smooth. Store covered in refrigerator.