My dad’s birthday follows shortly after mine. When I was young we would often celebrate them together. So in thinking of a cake for my dad, I was actually thinking not. I was a little caked out, from my birthday cake and the cakes I made over the 4th. So instead I opted for a bar…a cheesecake bar to be exact.
These were the perfect alternative to the birthday cake, the center is very creamy and with the subtle strawberry swirl they were a great summer birthday threat.
The original recipe is a made for an 8 x 8 inch pan. I knew this would not be enough as we love leftovers. So I upped the recipe to fit a 9 x 13 inch pan, used strawberries instead of raspberries because this is what I had on hand and opted not to use the lemons. The results: sweet, creamy, delicious dessert. Actually for the mouth my oldest, “mom, these bars are AWESOME”.
Happy 65th Birthday Dad!
Recipe adapted from Handle the Heat