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Berry-Lemon Cheesecake Squares

Berry-Lemon Cheesecake Squares
  • Prep 50 min
  • Total 1 hr 20 min
  • Servings 8

Fourth of July favorite! Red, white and blue fruit and filling plus pastry stars make it perfect for any patriotic occasion. Vary the cutout shapes for another celebration. ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

Pastry Squares

1
box Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
1
teaspoon milk
2
teaspoons sugar

Filling

1/2
cup whipping cream
1
package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4
cup sugar
1
to 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

Berries

1
cup fresh blackberries
1/2
cup fresh raspberries
1/2
cup fresh blueberries

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 450°F. Unroll crusts on lightly floured work surface. With rolling pin, roll each crust to 11 1/2 inches in diameter. Cut 1 (8 1/2-inch) square out of center of each round. Cut 4 squares from each large square, making 8 (4 1/4-inch) squares. Fold up all sides of each square 1/2 inch and roll inward to form thick crust edge. Brush edges with milk; sprinkle with 2 teaspoons sugar. Place on ungreased large cookie sheet. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely, about 10 minutes.
  • 2
    Using small cookie cutters, cut shapes out of crust scraps. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely, about 5 minutes.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, in small bowl, beat whipping cream with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. In another small bowl, beat cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar and the lemon peel on medium speed until fluffy. Fold in whipped cream. Spoon rounded 3 tablespoons mixture into each pastry square. Arrange berries and crust cutouts over filling. Cover and refrigerate any remaining squares.

Expert Tips

  • A mixture of 2 tablespoons honey and 1 teaspoon lemon juice can be brushed over the berries.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
380
Calories from Fat
230
% Daily Value
Total Fat
25g
38%
Saturated Fat
13g
64%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
55mg
18%
Sodium
320mg
14%
Potassium
105mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate
34g
11%
Dietary Fiber
1g
7%
Sugars
11g
Protein
4g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%
10%
Vitamin C
10%
10%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 5 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • 4th of July is here -- are you ready with festive eats? No worries. Our top 10 holiday recipes will save the day!

    Seems like all of America is heading out to do something fun on the 4th, and that usually involves chow. My fam and me? Well, we have a standing date with the pontoon boat and the cabin. And, yes, a boat load of food, too.

    Every year at noon on the 4th, our lake has a boat parade. The kiddos deck out the boat in red, white and blue, and everyone else on the lake dresses their water vehicles too. The result is this sort of Mayberry throw-back to the old picnic-parade-potluck days, except with some of the younger ones clutching tubes in a modern-day twist:

    Some years are really a hoot and a half, like a few years ago when some of the guys decided to tape a message on their chests, hoping to sway the boat parade judges. It was more fun watching them pull that tape off than watching the fireworks!

    But, really, what it comes down to is the chow. All these great cooks come together with their offerings to the buffet table sanctuary -- like a church potluck gone wild. Every year, there are the expected potluck pillars (potato salad and such), and some super cool holiday stuff.

    With the 4th closing in this year, we thought you'd love a few quick ideas that will let your stars and stripes shine big time.  

    Click on the recipe title or photo to go to the recipe page.

    1. Berry-Lemon Cheesecake Squares (featured)

    Holy deliciousness, Uncle Sam! These are some crazy cute desserts!

    2. Patriotic Cookie Pizza 

    Fresh berries unfurl on this flagship of a monster cookie. Perf for the 4th of July buffet!

    3. Double-Dip Sugar Cookies

    Quick 'n' easy so you can get out there and rock the 4th of July party with the rest of the patriots.

    4. American Flag Cordial

    If it's spirit(s) you're after, make this cocktail and run it up the flagpole!

    5. Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

    Whoopie pies ... 'nuff said.

    6. Red, White and Blueberry Shortcakes

    Get your holiday on with these shortcakes that offer up all the right stuff.

    7. Mixed Berry Cream Parfaits

    Chill out with cool fresh berries and dessert. Mmm. Great after a day in the sun, surf and sand.

    8. Caramel-Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches

    Make these ahead -- with red, white and blue sprinkles for sure!

    9. Cheesy Stars

    A quick fix for hungry holidayers -- stars cut from bread and topped with a colorful cheesy mixture.

    10. Rainbow Cake in a Jar

    You could make these red, white and blue instead of the full spectrum, but rainbows are like chameleons -- they just go with everything!

    There you have it: 10 ideas to salute the holiday with tasty style. Enjoy, and Happy 4th of July!

    What are your 4th of July plans?

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