I gently swirled some homemade jelly into the batter and created these luscious Blackberry Cheesecake Bars.
Cheesecake Bars with a Blackberry Swirl
I love making bars (you may have noticed a glut of them on this blog!). Only one or two trips to the oven instead of batch after batch as when baking cookies, and, voila, 25 dessert servings! I’ve made numerous cheesecake bars, but never one with jelly or jam swirled into the batter. It wasn’t as daunting as you might imagine. I warmed the jelly slightly and whisked with a fork. Then I scooped it into a quart ziploc bag, clipped off a corner and piped 3 thick parallel lines across the surface of the cheesecake batter. I used an offset spatula and inserted it just a fraction of an inch deep and dragged it the length of the pan and looped back and forth creating this here look! Not classic marbling, but I like the way these turned out. The jam was a Christmas gift from a friend and I was thrilled to have a homemade version for this recipe.
Nothing But Options
No need to hunt down blackberry jelly or jam, just use what’s in your fridge or pantry. The base of these cheesecake bars is a graham cracker crust, but I pondered whether to make one with vanilla wafers or Biscoff cookies. But, alas, my supply of those had dwindled. Feel free to add a bit of lemon oil or extract to your batter—the touch of citrus would be lovely with the berry swirl. Hope you find an occasion to try this splendid dessert.
- 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 6 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 1 egg
- 6 tablespoons blackberry jam or jelly
- Preheat oven to 350º. Line a 9x9-inch baking pan with non-stick foil (or use regular foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray). Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix together crust ingredients and pat into bottom of baking pan. Bake for 6-8 minutes. Let cool.
- In a large bowl, with a hand mixer, blend together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add almond extract and egg and mix till combined. Pour over crust and smooth the top with an offset spatula.
- Place the jelly in a small bowl and microwave a few seconds, then with a fork or whisk, stir to soften. Place jelly in a quart sized Ziploc bag and cut off one corner to make a piping bag. Squeeze 3 parallel lines over filling, using all jam. Use the tip of an offset spatula or knife to pull back and forth through the surface without going too deep (you don't want to disturb the crust).
- Bake 15-20 more minutes until set. Cool, then chill before serving.