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Susan Axelrod

Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business for 15 years before turning to journalism. By day, she is the social media editor for Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail or a Maine beer. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or saxelrod@mainetoday.com On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: November 28, 2012

Cheesecake Bars

Written by: Susan Axelrod

Submitted by Carol Ann Gagnon

Preheat oven to 350.

Crust:
1 3/4 cup chopped almonds
7 tablespoons brown sugar
7 tablespoons butter, melted

Mix ingredients together and spread in 8×8 greased pan.

Filling:
1 8 ounce bar of cream cheese softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

With a mixer, cream together the cream cheese and sugar.  Add the egg, milk, lemon juice, and vanilla and beat well.

Spread the batter on the crust.

Topping:
1/2 cup flour – half white, half whole wheat
3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon butter softened
1 tablespoon oatmeal, uncooked
1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon toasted wheat germ

Cut the butter into the flour until it forms fine crumbs.  Mix in the walnuts, wheat germ and oatmeal.

Sprinkle the topping over the filling.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until set.  Cool and cut in squares.

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