Cheesecake Bars

On New Years day we headed over to the Bean‘s around 4:30 and spent time with a great group of friends. I volunteered to bring a dessert for the gathering~ go figure right? 🙂

I chose this recipe out of my grandma’s cook book. When my dad’s mother passed last year, I “inherited” her cook books/recipes/recipe box. Grandma was always such an amazing baker/cook~ and her recipes were always so special. I feel very blessed to have them. Some day I hope to make a tastebook with some of her favorites for my family.

I often wonder what it would have been like to be in the prime of your life 50 yrs ago… or even 25 years ago. Times were very different, less complicated. And the food, while it may have been more complicated, and more work, was a whole lot more natural and pure. No additives, less processed and just better for you on so many levels. Granted, they used a lot of butter & lard 🙂 but it seems like they did it in moderation. Which is something that present day Americans are not very good at embracing!

All of that said, here’s a great recipe from my Grandma Rugotska’s cook book~ that is NOT healthy in away way shape or form, but I’m pretty sure that these ingredients have a heck of a lot less additives & preservatives than your traditional ‘boxed cheesecake mix’! Hope you like them as much as we did!

Cheesecake Bars
Adapted from Kitchen Putter’n 1975, 1st Edition
Contributor, Ms. Kaylene Dailey


•    1 c. brown sugar
•    ¾ c. butter, chilled
•    1 tsp vanilla
•    1 ½ c. flour
•    1 tsp salt
•    ½ tsp baking soda
•    1 tsp cinnamon
•    ¾ c. oatmeal
•    ¾ c. pecans, finely chopped
•    1 c. sweetened coconut

Cut butter into flour until it resembles coarse crumbs. Combine with the rest of the ingredients. Press ½ of mixture into the bottom of a 9×13 pan (ungreased).
•    1 can sweetened condensed milk
•    ¼ tsp salt
•    ½ c. lemon juice (I used freshly squeezed)
•    2 eggs, slightly beaten
•    1 Tbsp lemon rind

Mix together the above 5 ingredients & pour over the crumb mixture. Sprinkle the remaining ½ of the crumb mixture on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 min.
Cool, Chill & Serve. BE sure to chill this before serving.

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