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Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, at room temperature

2 large eggs

2/3 cup (5 fl.-oz. can) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

1 teaspoon yellow food coloring (optional)

1 cup whipped cream or cool whip for top

Directions:
PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

COMBINE flour and powdered sugar in medium bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives until crumbly. Press onto bottom and 1-inch up sides of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. BAKE for 25 minutes.

PLACE cream cheese, eggs, evaporated milk, granulated sugar, flour, lemon juice, lemon peel and food coloring in blender container; cover. Blend until smooth. Pour into partially baked crust.

BAKE for additional 15 minutes or until set. Cool in pan on wire rack. Spread whipped cream over top; refrigerate. Cut into bars. Garnish as desired.

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