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Sweet And Creamy Surprise Bars

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Traditionally served in pie form, these surprise bars are a wonderfully nostalgic blast from the past! Can you guess just by looking at them what the surprise is? Golden raisins, a dash of nutmeg, and… cottage cheese! Yes, that’s right, these bars primarily consist of cottage cheese, eggs, and cream, blended with sugar, nutmeg, and vanilla. This is a recipe straight from grandma’s cookbook, and we love it in our house. Nothing says down home comfort like these surprise bars!

Surprise Bars

1 hr to prepare Serves 6-8

Ingredients

  • 16 oz carton of cottage cheese
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • Grated lemon rind
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
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Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350, and prepare a baking dish with cooking spray or butter.
  2. In a large bowl, mix cottage cheese, flour, sugar, lemon rind and juice, heavy cream, salt, vanilla, nutmeg, and raisins. Stir until well combined. (Note: If you want your bars to be extra creamy, you can put all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor, but we like the texture as is.)
  3. Bake for 45 minutes, or until set. When done baking, sprinkle with more nutmeg, and serve warm. You can also refrigerate and serve cold.

Recipe adapted from Shockingly Delicious.

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