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Berry Topped Cheesecake Bars

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Making these luscious Berry Topped Cheesecake Bars is less daunting than a full blown cheesecake, and just as delicious!!   These homemade cheesecake bars are phenomenal!

Berry Topped Cheesecake Bars sliced and served on white plates with berries

Berry Topped Cheesecake Bars

Each month, I get giddy when perusing  the sugar laden recipes on Hugs & Cookies XOXO. It’s always difficult to select just one to share with you all. With only 3 of us occupying the house right now, cheesecake is always a safe bet.

So when I spied Danielle’s blackberry version, and my mouth started to water, I knew I’d found a winner. I combined both blackberries and raspberries for my topping and, voila, Berry Topped Cheesecake Bars were born.

BBerry Topped Cheesecake Bars served on square white plates next to a bowl of berries

Tips for Making Cheesecake Bars:

These tips work for both cheesecakes and cheesecake bars. A few key points will help make your cheesecake desserts deliciously creamy every time!

  • PRO-Tip: Start with room temperature eggs and cream cheese. They will incorporate better if they’re not cold from refrigeration.
  • Use your paddle attachment when mixing to avoid getting excess air into the batter. You want your cheesecake to be dense, not light and fluffy. If you use a hand mixer, be careful not to overmix.
  • Line your baking pan with non-stick foil. This allows you to lift and remove the bars to a cutting board to slice. It also makes for easy cleanup.
  • Use an offset spatula for spreading out the cheesecake batter. This helps make for a level layer.
  • To slice, I like using a hot, dry knife, wiping it clean after each cut.
  • Another option is to freeze the bars first to make cleaner cuts. Just defrost cut bars before serving.

Rave Reviews for These Berry Topped Cheesecake Bars

Many of you know that the picky hubby is a chocoholic at heart. But these cheesecake bars drew an extra round of praise. I’m always hounding him for a quote for the blog, usually not very subtly. But with these, I received unprompted praise.

He loved these babies as did I. I parceled some up for my sweet neighbor and her husband (a true cheesecake connoisseur) and they confirmed our stellar reviews. These are terrific bars! Feel free to use only blackberries or only raspberries in the topping. Any way you shake it, you’ll love these berry topped cheesecake bars. Thanks, Danielle!!!

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Berry Topped Cheesecake Bars sliced and served on white plates with berries

Berry Topped Cheesecake Bars

A lovely cheesecake bar topped with berries!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 9 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Cheesecake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 5 1/2 ounces vanilla wafers (half an 11 ounce box)
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla

Filling:

  • 12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

Topping::

  • 2 cups fresh berries (I used raspberries and blackberries)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ΒΊ.
  2. For the crust: Line a 8-by-8-inch rectangular baking pan with nonstick foil.
  3. In your food processor, pulse the vanilla wafers and pecans into crumbs. Add the melted butter and vanilla and pulse again until combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan.
  4. For the filling: Beat cream cheese and sugar in an electric mixer bowl until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add the sour cream and mix again.
  5. Pour the filling onto the crust, smooth the top and bake for 50 minutes. Turn off the oven, open the oven door and allow the pan to sit in the open oven for 15 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool.
  6. For the topping: Add the berries, sugar and 2 tablespoons water to a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until the juices thicken slightly, 4 to 5 minutes.
  7. In a small bowl, make a slurry by stirring together the cornstarch and a tablespoon of water until smooth. Add the slurry to the berries, return to the boil and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and cool the mixture.
  8. Pour the berries over the cheesecake and place the pan into the fridge to cool and set for at least 2 hours.
  9. When ready to serve, remove the cheesecake from the pan by lifting the edges of the foil and slice.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Pioneer Woman via Hugs & Cookies XOXO

 

Two Sweetie Pies

One of my first blogger friends, Danielle, and I created this monthly blog exchange over a year ago. We each bake (or cook) up a recipe from each other’s blog and share on the second Monday of the month. You can find all our recipes with a search using the #TwoSweetiePies hashtag. And be sure to follow Danielle on her social media sites and blog:

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Thanks, Danielle, for another amazing recipe!

Skinny Tip

I’m starting a new series of Skinny Tips. How I keep slim is one of my most frequent inquiries. I’ll feature tips on some of my upcoming blog posts.

Tip #12: Eat nutrient dense food part 2. Don’t waster your calories on soda, white bread or dare I say, too many sweets. Most foods in this category will be high in fiber as well, and will help fill you up.

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37 comments on “Berry Topped Cheesecake Bars”

  1. That is a great dessert! Cheesecake really tastes great with berries.. πŸ™‚

  2. Love the addition of pecans in the crust! If it’s Bill tested and approved… I has to be good:@)

  3. Yum – these look great, I wish I was your neighbour I’d gladly be a taste tester! πŸ™‚

  4. These cheesecake bars look divine. All that berry goodness, perfect for summer

  5. Sounds yummy! The raspberry/blackberry combination might make for an interesting taste!

  6. chocolate, berries, and cheesecake?! You’re making me swoon!

  7. Oh wow, looks delicious! I love a good berry cheesecake! πŸ™‚

  8. I’m always up for anything cheesecake…and i love the simple berry topping on these! Mmmm πŸ™‚

  9. This is a great summer version to cheesecake bars. Blackberries mixed in with the raspberries is a great idea. Glad everyone loved them.

  10. These bars are perfect for summer with all those yummy fresh berries! I am such a sucker for fruity desserts so these sound like a winner to me. I’m sure your neighbours loved these, they look fantastic Liz πŸ™‚

  11. Looks wonderful with that delicious berry topping. πŸ™‚ I love the blackberry/raspberry combo.

  12. What a great idea to swap recipes with a blogger! I love cheese cake and this is the perfect combination. Beautiful photos!

  13. It’s never a good idea to visit your blog in the middle of the night (it’s almost 1AM here) as I always feel hungry after looking at your photos!!
    These bars look amazing

  14. i love berries. this looks so wonderful!

  15. OOOOOH so glad u guys liked these-think I need to make them again!!! Love being sweetie pies together!!!!!!!!! xo

  16. I love anything cheesecake, Liz, and these bars are divine!

  17. Ooooooh, this looks so good. Pinned! And visited Danielle’s blog too.

  18. Cheesecake bars and a berry topping?! I’m sold! love these! and love that you and Danielle still do this! so awesome!

  19. gorgeous.
    lush.
    colorful.
    I want to devour.
    NOW! xx

  20. Mmm cheesecake! Topped with berries! Yummy! Three cheers to your #skinnytip this week! Ugh white bread and soda!

  21. This looks so good! Love the berries and cheesecake together! About the skinny tip… I feel very guilty about white bread and rice! Ahhh! =P

  22. Wow, these look just PERFECT! Hooray for berry season!

  23. Gorgeous summery dessert. I love your photos…beautifully done as per usual. πŸ™‚

  24. Nutty crust, creamy filling and seasonal berries…what a sensational summer treat!

  25. Mmmm…I think I know where the leftover sour cream in the fridge is going. Your cheesecake bars are indeed gorgeous…And undoubtedly scrumptious.

  26. I very much like those skinny bars, a little bit of everything delicious!

    ela h.

  27. I love bars, they are so much easier to eat in a casual setting. The look perfect and I love all those berries πŸ˜€

  28. Fancy looking and so adult. πŸ˜‰ Have a great week, Liz. πŸ™‚

  29. I love cheesecake bars, your berry topping is so pretty!

  30. Two things I love about these – that you made them into bars rather than a cake, the better to snack and share. And the berry topping. Everything is better under a berry topping.

  31. Thanks to you and Danielle, these look amazing!

  32. What a beautiful dessert! Perfect for summer!

  33. Liz, this looks so delicious and would make a great 4th of July dessert! I love cheesecake and berries, so this is a win-win for me…thanks for sharing!

  34. I love cheesecake, one of our family favorites. Your cheesecake bars are very tempting.

  35. Another great skinny tip – and just what they were teaching at Pritikin!

    Another fabulous chocolate free dessert!

  36. What a beautiful combination of berries. it is also the best way to top cheesecake.

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