These cheesecake bars are so easy, even my dog could make them. And she’s not the smartest dog in the park. The bright fruit gummies make them look impressive, so your friends will think that you are a kitchen genius, even if you can barely scramble an egg. With only a few simple ingredients, they will become a go-to on your list of bake sale worthy recipes. One batch yields about 36 small squares with spare edges for tasting. You’ll need:
- non-stick cooking spray
- 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 500 g (2 packages) cream cheese at room temperature
- 1 small can of sweetened condensed milk
- 1 egg
- 1 package vanilla pudding mix (low cal is okay)
- 1 cup chopped swedish berries (you can also use jujubes, or small baking gums to save yourself the chopping)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×9 inch pan with aluminum foil, and spray it with non-stick spray. Mix together your melted butter and crumbs, and press the mixture evenly over the bottom of your pan.
Bake for 10 minutes while you prepare the rest of your recipe. In a medium bowl, mix together your cream cheese, condensed milk, egg and pudding mix on high until well blended. Remove your crust from the oven, and cover it evenly with half of your cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with half of your gummies, and cover those with the remaining cream cheese mixture. Spread the remaining gummies evenly over the top of your squares and bake for 30-35 minutes.
Remove from the oven, and let cool. To cut your squares, lift them out of the pan with the foil. Peel the foil away from the edges and slice lengthways, then crossways. Avoid cutting through too many gummies, because they can be tough to divide.
Refrigerate your squares in an airtight container, and serve them chilled. Your recipients are in for a sweet surprise when they bite into a square and find a chewy candy jewel!