May 20, 2011

Better Homes and Gardens Fresh Raspberry Bars

I have a major sweet tooth; I can't go a day without eating something sweet. My two boys seem to have inherited my love of sweets, while me husband craves saltier snacks. Since I eat sweets so frequently I tend to tire of sweet recipes relatively quickly. I'm always scouring cookbooks and magazines for new recipes to bake and I was intrigued when I saw a recipe for fresh raspberry bars in the May issue of Better Homes and Gardens.

The ingredients used in this recipe are very easy to find---there were even five different brands of goat cheese available at my local grocery store! I followed the recipe and used 4 oz of goat cheese and 8 oz of cream cheese, instead of using all cream cheese, which was also an option in the recipe. I finally bought a new citrus grater, making shredding the lemon peel a much more enjoyable experience. I wish that I had bought a new one years ago. I followed everything in the recipe as written. I found that my prep took less than the stated 20 minutes and the recipe is very easy to follow. I did not sprinkle the finished bars with powdered sugar, since I forgot to purchase it at the grocery store during my weekly trip.

I really like these bars, they remind me of mini cheesecakes. My two year old loved them also and ate 3 as soon as they had chilled. My husband thinks that the bars might as well be made with only cream cheese. He doesn't like that the bars lack a goat cheese flavor and would rather enjoy the goat cheese with crackers. The two people that had these bars who like sweets appreciated these and I would definitely make them again, possibly using all cream cheese to see if the flavor is any different (and to save some money).

For the recipe go to Fresh Raspberry Bars.

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