Massey’s Favorite Fourth of July Treat

At Massey Services, we love sharing our favorite recipes with our customers on holidays.  For the Fourth of July, we chose something both patriotic and delicious!  Check out our recipe below:

American Cheesecake Squares

INGREDIENTS
Crust

  • 1-1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 7 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar

Filling

  • 12 oz. light cream cheese (or Neufchatel), softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup strawberry jam
  • 1 pint of blueberries, picked over for stems

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease a 9-inch square baking pan.  Line pan with foil, extending it over1011011_10151999764207656_629218356_n the rim; grease foil.  In bowl, with fork, stir graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar until blended.  Press mixture onto bottom of pan.  Bake 10 minutes.  Cool completely in pan on wire rack.  In a small bowl, beat cream cheese at medium speed until smooth; gradually beat in sugar.  Mix in eggs and vanilla just until blended.  Pour filling over crust; bake 40-45 minutes.  Cool completely in pan on wire rack.  Chill until ready to serve.  Place jam in small sauce pan; cook over low heat, stirring, until liquid.  Strain; cool slightly.  Pour into a plastic bag; seal.  When cheesecake is cold, lift foil with cake out of pan.  Place on cutting board and peel away foil; cut cake into 12 pieces.  To decorate, place blueberries in the top left corner of each bar.  Snip a small hole in corner of plastic bag; pipe jam in stripes around blueberries to create flag-like decoration.  Enjoy!

Best wishes for a safe and happy Fourth of July!