The snow has come here in Minnesota, and for me it's all the better excuse to stay inside and bake. Actually though, this week's recipe is a no-bake recipe. I'm never quite sure what to think about no-bake recipes though. Part of me feels like I'm opting out of harder baking projects that actually use the oven, but then again some of my favorite recipes are no-bake.

Also a pic from the weekend I really enjoy:

I really enjoy the last shot with the loon, just because of the difference in the foreground and background.

Anyway, here is the recipe:

White Chocolate Lime Cheesecake Bars:

Yields 9 bars
From: Bon Appetite October 2007

For the Crust:
7 ounces white chocolate chips
23 chocolate sandwich cookies

Line a 8 by 8 by 2 inch square baking pan with foil, extending over all sides. Stir white chocolate in a small metal bowl set over saucepan of barely simmering water until melted and smooth. Remover bowl from over water. Finely grind cookies in a food processor. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of melted white chocolate and blend until mixture comes together. Set aside remaining white chocolate for filling. Firmly press mixture onto the bottom of prepared pan. Chill while making filling.

For the Cheesecake Filling:
1/2 cup chilled whipping cream
1 8 oz package cream cheese, at room temperature
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons grated lime zest
lime wedges or lime twists (for garnish, optional)

Beat whipping cream in medium bowl until peaks form. Beat cream cheese, sugar, lime juice, and lime zest in a large bowl until smooth. Beat in remaining white chocolate. Fold in whipping cream in 2 additions; spread over prepared crust. Chill until filling is slightly firm, at least 2 hours. Using foil as an aid, lift cheesecake out of pan. Cut into 9 bars. Garnish with lime wedges or lime twists.

That it! The bars are extremely good, and they are super simple to make.
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