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These creamy bars are easier to make than a classic cheesecake and just as delicious

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Cheesecake is delicious, but baking a big traditional one can be tricky. You have to bake a large cheesecake inside another pan filled with water to make sure it bakes evenly — a fussy and delicate maneuver in the oven. Smaller cheesecake bars are just as delicious, with a crisp graham cracker crust and a tangy, custardy filling, and are much easier to make (no water bath required). Plus, they are portable and easy to share, perfect for bake sales, parties or any occasion!

Cheesecake Bars

Makes 16 bars

For the crust:

5 whole graham crackers, broken into pieces (or 3/4 cup store-bought graham cracker crumbs)

1/3 cup (1 2/3 ounces) all-purpose flour


1/8 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup (1 3/4 ounces) sugar

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:


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