Tequila-Lime Cheesecake Bars | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

Cheesecake bars are amped up for Cinco de Mayo with tequila and lime!

Happy Friday!

I actually had a healthy muffin recipe all set to post today, but changed my mind.  Friday is not a day for healthy muffins.  Friday is a day for booze-laden goodies.

I fought the urge to name these cheesecake squares ‘margarita’ cheesecake squares.  I just really thought you should know…there’s tequila in these guys, not margarita mix concentrate.  Tequila…a lot of it.

Actually you can tailor it to your tequila needs.  These cheesecake bars can be “Yum” or they can be “Woohoo!!!”.  Totally your decision.

Tequila-Lime Cheesecake Bars | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

Tequila-Lime Cheesecake Bars | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

I was going to make some sort of Nutella-raspberry swirled squares…but then it hit me.  Cinco de Mayo!  Tequila!  Lime!  Yeehaaaa!

{This is about as wild as I get these days…tequila in my cheesecake.}

I was a little worried that tequila in the cheesecake would result in problems with the cheesecake setting.  Not so.  My last batch, I added a whole 1/4 cup of tequila, plus 2 tablespoons of Cointreau.  No problemos setting whatsoever!

Tequila-Lime Cheesecake Bars | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

I am happy to announce I have finally found my favorite cheesecake bar recipe.  I have tried several.  Some were too jiggly.  Some tasted too ‘eggy’.  This one seems to have the right balance.  I’m like the Goldilocks of cheesecake bars 😉

This recipe is surprisingly simple and easy.  You do need to remember to bring your cream cheese to room temperature {microwaving it will not replace this step, I found out the hard way and ended up with thousands of tiny cream cheese lumps…blech…not appetizing}.  You also need to wait for it to set…around 3 hours in the refrigerator.  I will admit to sneaking a little sliver before my 3 hours were up!  But it is best after it has completely chilled.

Tequila-Lime Cheesecake Bars | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

Tequila-Lime Cheesecake Bars | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

I tried this recipe first using 3 tbsp of silver tequila, and found that I couldn’t taste the tequila much…maybe a subtle aftertaste.  My second batch, I used 1/4 cup of gold tequila and 2 tbsp Cointreau.  I preferred this batch.  The tequila flavor is still somewhat subtle though.

Kind of like those super dangerous margaritas you can down on the patio before your head spins and you realize how much tequila you just drank 😉

If you want a boozier cheesecake bar, I’d go with 1/4 cup tequila + 2 tbsp Cointreau.  If you want a less boozy cheesecake bar, I’d go with 3 tbsp tequila.

Either way you go, you will have a sweet, tangy, creamy, limey and tequila-ey delicious cheesecake bar.

Have a great week-end!

Tequila-Lime Cheesecake Bars
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Serves: 12
  • ¼ cup butter (melted)
  • 1¼ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 16-oz cream cheese (2 8-oz packages; *at room temperature)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime zest (approximately 2 limes)
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice (approximately 2 limes)
  • 2-4 tablespoons tequila
  • 2 tablespoons cointreau
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 eggs (at room temperature)
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Line a 9 X 9 inch pan with aluminum foil and spray with oil.
  3. To make crust: melt butter in a medium bowl. Stir in graham cracker crumbs until combined. Press gently in the bottom of the foil-lined pan.
  4. Beat together cream cheese and sugar until smooth and fluffy. Add lime juice & zest, tequila, cointreau and cream. Mix until completely combined *make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  5. Pour cream cheese mixture over graham cracker crust, spread into corners. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the center sets up (it should have a very slight jiggle).
  6. Allow to cool completely in pan, then refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Cut into squares.
Make sure cream cheese and eggs are at room temperature.


Recipe adapted from All Recipes

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