Nectarine Cheesecake Bars with Ginger Cookie Crust

by Heather on June 24, 2011

I think it’s safe to say that anything cheesecake will be consumed by me upon immediate exposure.

I’ve never met a cheesecake I didn’t like.  And these bars with the ever-so-subtle taste of nectarines is definitely in that category.  Besides, it’s practically health food because it contains 3 whole nectarines and ginger cookies.  And ginger cookies are good for you because I said so.  Say hello to Dr. Disarro!

Really though, the moment I got these nectarines from Door to Door Organics I immediately knew that they were going into cheesecake bars.  Don’t ask me how I just know these things, it just happens.  I see goat cheese and think “sweet potato.”  I see apples and think “cinnamon and butter.”  And when I saw those nectarines I thought “cheesecake.”

And then I made it happen.

The best part about these is they make a big batch to share with friends.  Or eat entirely by yourself.  You know, whatever.  All I have to say is just eat them!

NECTARINE CHEESECAKE BARS WITH GINGER COOKIE CRUST

  • 2 8-oz blocks of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar + 2 Tbsp, divided
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 nectarines
  • lemon zest from one lemon (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups crushed ginger cookies (I used Whole Foods 365 Brand)
  • 6 Tbsp butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350.  Mix together the cookie crumbs, 2 Tbsp of sugar, and the butter.  Press into the bottom of a greased 9×13 pan and bake at 350 for 6-7 minutes.  Remove from oven.  Meanwhile, peel the nectarines with a paring knife and get all of the flesh off of the pit that you can – no need to make it look good.  Process the nectarines with 1/2 a cup of the sugar well.  In a mixer cream together the cream cheese and remaining 1/2 cup of sugar.  Add in the nectarine puree.  Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until very well combined, scraping the sides of the bowl if necessary.  Re-grease the sides of the pan with the ginger cookie crust and then pour the cheesecake batter into the pan.  Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes until the cheesecake is set.  Let cool at room temperature and the refrigerate before serving.  Enjoy!

I’m saying forget ice cream – I scream you scream we all scream for cheesecake! (OK, and add a little ice cream on top ;))

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sinful Southern Sweet June 24, 2011

This looks amazing! Gotta go find some ginger cookies at the store today!

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2 Blog is the New Black June 24, 2011

Nectarines are highly underused! YUM!

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3 Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 24, 2011

I love ginger cookie crust… and with this nectarine cheesecake especially!!

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4 Jessica @ How Sweet June 24, 2011

love nectarines!

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5 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 24, 2011

Yep….I love anything cheesecake too. Love the ginger crust on these!

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6 Liz @ Tip Top Shape June 24, 2011

Looks amazing!!!! I LOVE cheesecake, so this is right up my alley!

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7 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 24, 2011

Nectarines beat out peaches any day for me! love this :)

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8 Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum June 24, 2011

I am such a sucker for a good crust. And this one looks delicious.

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9 Erin June 24, 2011

I really like the ginger cookie crust. Sounds amazing.

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10 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) June 24, 2011

YES! This looks soooooo incredibly tasty!

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11 Estela @ Weekly Bite June 24, 2011

Wow!! These sounds amazing! Love nectarines :)

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12 janetha @ meals & moves June 24, 2011

You are a baking MACHINE. Yum.

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13 Ashley @ the fit academic June 24, 2011

wow, these look and sound AMAZING! How creative, too – i’ve never heard of this combo before!

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14 Urban Wife June 24, 2011

Ok, I love cheesecake. A lot. But there’s a little problem…my thighs don’t like cheesecake at all. In fact, they hate it. *Sigh* Can you see my dilemma? It happens every.single.time. :)

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15 Sasha June 24, 2011

I love nectarines, i LOVE cheesecake, and as for ginger…if i could marry it i would. What im trying to say is i think you may have just made my favourite treat EVER! Thank you, i am DEFINITELY going to try this asap!
(ps your photography is gorgeous :) )

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16 Kat June 24, 2011

What a perfect summer dessert! I plan to make this as soon as nectarines are in season here.

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17 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen June 24, 2011

Delicious! This is a great dessert.

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18 Mama Pea June 24, 2011

Holy crap.

That is all.

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19 Elle July 12, 2011

Whoa! I looove this flavor combo!

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