To make raspberry bars, cook 3 cups of raspberries, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 tablespoon of butter and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch in a saucepan at medium heat until the mixture thickens, and beat together 1 3/4 cups of butter, 1 1/2 cups of sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 3 cups of flour in a separate bowl. Spread the mixture in a pan, and swirl in the cooled raspberries. Bake the bars at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes.Continue Reading
To make raspberry cheesecake bars, mix 1 1/4 cups of flour, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of sliced almonds and 1/2 cup of butter until crumbles form, and press the mixture minus 1/2 cup into the bottom of a baking pan. While the crust bakes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 minutes, cream together 2 8-ounce packages of softened cream cheese, 2/3 cup of sugar, 2 eggs and 3/4 teaspoon of almond extract, and pour the mixture over the crust.
While baking the bars for 15 minutes, toss the reserved 1/2 cup mixture with 1/2 cup each of flaked coconut and sliced almonds. Layer 1 cup of raspberry preserves over the baked cream cheese layer, sprinkle it with the crumble topping, and bake the bars for 15 minutes. Chill them for three hours before serving.Learn more about Desserts