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Orange Julius Cheesecake Bars

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These Orange Julius cheesecake bars are delicious. I love the secret ingredient for the crust: animal crackers! Then, you have two yummy orange layers on top. If you like Orange Julius’ you are going to love these. 

Orange Julius Cheesecake Bars

Orange Julius Cheesecake Bars

Crust Ingredients:

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  • 8 oz animal crackers, crushed
  • 1/2 C sweet unsalted butter (melted)

Cheesecake Ingredients:

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  • 8 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs (room temp)
  • Zest of one navel orange
  • 1/4 C juice of a navel orange

Orange Sour Cream Layer Ingredients:

  • 1 C sour cream
  • 4 tbsp powder sugar
  • 1/2 tsp orange extract
  • 2-3 drops of orange gel food coloring

Garnish Ingredients:

  • Whip cream
  • Orange slices

Orange Julius Cheesecake BarsDirections:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a blender, or ziplock bag with a rolling pin, crush up 1 bag of animal crackers until in fine crumbs
  3. Mix the animal cracker crumbs and the butter together in a medium bowl.
  4. Firmly press the cracker crumbs and butter mixture into an 8-inch square metal pan.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the crust from the oven, and turn the temperature to 300 degrees
  7. Using a standing mixer, cream together the cream cheese and the sugar until well combined
  8. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition to combine.
  9. Add the orange zest and juice.
  10. Stir until completely incorporated.
  11. Pour the batter into the baked crust.
  12. Bake at 300 degrees until the cheesecake is just beginning to turn golden around the edges.
  13. Check to make sure the cheesecake doesn’t jiggle in the center. (About 30-40 minutes)
  14. Cool the bars on the counter for 20 minutes.
  15. Turn your oven on to 325 degrees
  16. Using a medium bowl, mix together the sour cream, powder sugar, orange zest, and orange food coloring
  17. Pour onto the cooled cheesecake and place back into the oven for 10 minutes
  18. Let cool to room temperature before putting in the fridge to completely cool
  19. When ready to serve, cut into bars and top with whip cream and sliced oranges

Orange Julius Cheesecake Bars

Orange Julius Cheesecake Bars
 
Ingredients
  • Crust Ingredients:
  • 8 oz animal crackers, crushed
  • ½ C sweet unsalted butter (melted)
  • Cheesecake Ingredients:
  • 8 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
  • ½ C granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs (room temp)
  • Zest of one navel orange
  • ¼ C juice of a navel orange
  • Orange Sour Cream Layer Ingredients:
  • 1 C sour cream
  • 4 tbsp powder sugar
  • ½ tsp orange extract
  • 2-3 drops of orange gel food coloring
  • Garnish Ingredients:
  • Whip cream
  • Orange slices
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a blender, or ziplock bag with a rolling pin, crush up 1 bag of animal crackers until in fine crumbs
  3. Mix the animal cracker crumbs and the butter together in a medium bowl.
  4. Firmly press the cracker crumbs and butter mixture into an 8-inch square metal pan.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the crust from the oven, and turn the temperature to 300 degrees
  7. Using a standing mixer, cream together the cream cheese and the sugar until well combined
  8. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition to combine.
  9. Add the orange zest and juice.
  10. Stir until completely incorporated.
  11. Pour the batter into the baked crust.
  12. Bake at 300 degrees until the cheesecake is just beginning to turn golden around the edges.
  13. Check to make sure the cheesecake doesn't jiggle in the center. (About 30-40 minutes)
  14. Cool the bars on the counter for 20 minutes.
  15. Turn your oven on to 325 degrees
  16. Using a medium bowl, mix together the sour cream, powder sugar, orange zest, and orange food coloring
  17. Pour onto the cooled cheesecake and place back into the oven for 10 minutes
  18. Let cool to room temperature before putting in the fridge to completely cool
  19. When ready to serve, cut into bars and top with whip cream and sliced oranges

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2 comments

  1. I’d like to make this in a 9″ glass pie plate. Would that be ok? I notice you underlined metal pan in the directions.
    Thank you!
    Mary