Wednesday, August 29, 2007

No-Bake JELL-O®-Topped Cheesecake Bars



This a great family dessert, everyone will love the yummy fruit on top!

40 NILLA Wafers, finely crushed
1/2 cup sugar, divided
5 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Strawberry Whipped Topping, thawed
1 large banana, sliced
1 cup each: blueberries and sliced strawberries
3/4 cup boiling water
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Brand Lemon Flavor Gelatin
1 cup ice cubes


PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Mix wafer crumbs, 1/4 cup of the sugar and the butter until well blended. Press firmly onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking pan. Bake 5 to 8 min. or until lightly browned. Cool completely.
PLACE cream cheese and remaining 1/4 cup sugar in separate medium bowl; beat with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Gently stir in whipped topping; spread over crust. Top with the fruit.
STIR boiling water into dry gelatin mix in medium bowl until gelatin is completely dissolved. Add ice cubes; stir until ice is completely melted. Pour over fruit. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. Cut into 24 bars to serve. Store leftover bars in refrigerator.

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