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Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

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 I make oodles of strawberry desserts in the spring and summer and these Strawberry Cheesecake Bars sure hit the spot!

The trio of a shortbread crust, cheesecake filling and luscious, ripe sliced strawberry topping makes for a spectacular dessert!

Strawberry Cheesecake Bars on a square white platter

Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

With a substantial sugar cookie like crust, a thin cheesecake filling and juicy, sliced strawberry topping, it’s hard to put these strawberry cheesecake bars into one solitary category. Are they cookie bars? Cookies? Cheesecake? I’m not going to make that determination, but instead let you know they’re just plain delicious.

Tips for Making These Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

Like all cheesecakes, there are a few tips for making these bars that will help you have the best results!

  • Line your pan with non-stick foil. Besides helping you remove the bars without sticking, the foil makes for easy cleanup of your pan!
  • Have all your refrigerated ingredients at room temperature for the cheesecake topping. Cream cheese, especially, does not blend smoothly when it’s cold.
  • Make these bars when you can find beautiful red, fragrant berries. The presentation will be much better!
  • I like to glaze the berries with currant jelly. If you cannot find currant jelly, look for another red jelly, like raspberry.


Strawberry Cheesecake Bars topped with sliced berries

A Virtual Baby Shower

My lovely blogger friend, Courtney, of NeighborFood, is expecting her first baby, a sweet BOY, next month. I’m so thrilled for you, Courtney, and cannot wait till you have that precious baby in your arms. I’m delighted to be celebrating this joyful occasion by baking you a special treat.

Strawberry Cheesecake Bars on a square plate with a red handled fork

More Scrumptious Shower Dishes

So when I was invited to cook up something for Courtney’s virtual baby shower, I thought these cookie bars would be perfect for the mom to be! And check out what other delights are being served today:

I want an invite to this party!! Doesn’t each dish sound spectacular??? Just click on the links to visit the other tasty recipes. And stop by Courtney’s blog to say hello to the mom to be. And if you’re looking for another strawberry dessert, these Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberry Gelee, are both delicious and elegant, and this Strawberry Filled Meringue Roulade is amazing!!

Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

 

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Strawberry Cheesecake Bars | A shortbread cookie crust topped with a thin layer of cheesecake and juicy sliced berries

Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

A cookie bar with both a cheesecake and fresh strawberry layer.

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Bars
  • Method: Mixing, Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste (or extract)
  • Sliced strawberries (8-12 depending on size. Toss slices in a bit of sugar if they aren’t sweet enough)
  • Currant (or any red jelly) jelly, to glaze, optional

Instructions

  1. Heat over to 350º.
  2. In a medium bowl blend thoroughly butter, brown sugar and flour with a fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press the mixture into an 8×8 inch baking dish lined with nonstick foil; bake for 15 minutes.
  3. In another bowl combine sugar and cream cheese, mixing until smooth. Thoroughly beat in egg, sour cream, lemon juice and vanilla. Spread over the baked crust.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes. Let cool, then chill for at least 1 hour. Gently warm about a tablespoon of currant jelly and whisk to liquefy. Brush berries with jelly. Cut and serve.

 

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24 comments on “Strawberry Cheesecake Bars”

  1. Very pretty! I like the thinner layer of cheesecake, wish I had one or two for breakfast:@)

  2. This is really beautiful and summery! I would love a slice for my afternoon snack.

  3. Cheesecake and strawberries! Beautiful and delicious!

  4. This is so cute! I love the layer of sliced strawberries on top. Perfect for the summer!

  5. I’m a huge fan of cheesecake and yours looks picture perfect. I’m sure Courtney would love this – too bad it’s a virtual party. At least now she’ll have lots of great recipes to share with all those that come by to see her beautiful little boy.

  6. Love strawberries, and we’ve been getting some really good ones this year. And who doesn’t like cheesecake? Love the combo of the two — this looks wonderful. Thanks!

  7. Those plump and juicy looking strawberries make a lively cheesecake! Mouthwatering!!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  8. Love cheesecake! All by itself it’s great, but even better when combined with fruit. Strawberries are the best, IMO. This is perfect! Thanks so much.

  9. You guys are just the best! This was such a lovely, wonderful surprise. I only wish I could be enjoying these bars with you in person. How did you know I LOVE strawberry cheesecake??

  10. Your cheesecake is so pretty, Liz! It’s the perfect thing to bring to a shower! Thank you so much for participating. I know what a busy summer you’ve had. I wish this was a real party and I could’ve chowed down on this delicious dessert 🙂

  11. I love anything with strawberries, and anything with cheesecake! So the perfect combination!

  12. The directions say to add the milk. WHAT milk? It’s not on the list of ingredients.

    • So sorry, it should “sour cream,” not milk. I missed that when proofreading. Thanks for catching my error. If you don’t have sour cream on hand, 2 T milk can be substituted.

  13. What a gorgeous – and delicious sounding! – dessert. Perfect for a shower!

  14. i love cheesecake and strawberries so I’m sure I’d love this. I especially like that they’re in bar form so it makes them finger food.

  15. This is a sweet looking dessert and a great way to use fresh summer strawberries. I love every single layer of it!

  16. The only category these are in is the delicious category! And they’re so pretty with the strawberries!

  17. Perfect dessert for a precious baby boy and his mommy <3 The shortbread crust sounds divine! Well the whole cheesecake looks heavenly!

  18. These are so lovely, Liz, like everything you bake, a feast for the eyes as well as the mouth!

  19. Light and lovely dessert! I love anything with strawberries. 🙂

  20. Just plain delicious is good enough for me! Love the shimmer of the glaze on these beauties.

  21. Lizzy,
    So elegant. Perfect for any party. Congrats to Courtney on her first baby.
    Annamaria

  22. A beautiful recipe, Liz… love the addition of sour cream! xxx

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