The tropical cheesecake bars recipe is a great light and creamy dessert that is sure to be a hit during the hot summer months! Ingredients Almond Crust: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter or margarine, softened 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1/2 cup of finely chopped slivered almonds Cheesecake: 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened 2/3 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 can (20 oz) pineapple tidbits in juice, drained, 1 cup juice reserved 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream 2 cups miniature marshmallows Fruit Topping: 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 papaya or mango, peeled, seeded, cut into pieces 1 kiwifruit, peeled, cut into pieces Hardware 2 x large bowl Medium bowl 1 quart saucepan 13x9x1-inch baking pan Mixer Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Step 2: In a large bowl, beat flour, butter, and powdered sugar with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Increase speed to high and beat until creamy.
Step 3: Stir in chopped almonds. Step 4: Press mixture evenly in bottom of ungreased 13x9x1-inch baking pan. Bake 12-15 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
Step 5: In a large bowl, mix cream cheese, granulated sugar, and vanilla with spoon. Step 6: Reserve 1/2 cup of pineapple pieces and 1 cup of juice, stir remaining pineapple pieces into cream cheese mixture; set aside. Step 7: In a chilled medium bowl, beat whipping cream with an electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form.
Step 8: Fold whipped cream and marshmallows into cream cheese mixture. Step 9: Pour mixture over crust. Refrigerate at least 4 hours until set. Fruit Topping: Step 1: In a 1-quart saucepan, place cornstarch and 1 cup of pineapple juice into pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened and bubbly. Cook 2 minutes longer.
Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Step 2: Fold in reserved 1/2 cup pineapple, the papaya and kiwifruit. To serve, cut into pieces and top with a spoonful of fruit mixture. Store covered in refrigerator. Makes 15 squares.
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By: Griffin Wetzstein