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Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

Oh my goodness, these raspberry cheesecake bars are pure bliss! I can’t stop making them. 

The vanilla cheesecake layer is bursting with fresh raspberry swirls. And the buttery graham cracker crust is perfection!

Homemade raspberry cheesecake bars stacked on top of each other on a white marble table
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Making these treats is a breeze, too. A little mixing, swirling, and, baking, and voila! The hardest part is waiting for them to chill before digging in. But trust me, they’re worth the wait!

Grab the recipe and get ready to fall in love with your new favorite dessert! 

Why You’ll Love These Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

Every time I make this recipe, people rave about it! Here’s why:

  • Easier Than Cheesecake: These bars are so much easier than cheesecake but deliver all the rich, indulgent flavor.
  • Portable Treats: They’re the perfect portable dessert for picnics, potlucks, or just grabbing on the go.
  • Easy to Switch Up: The recipe can be easily adapted to feature different berries, crusts, or mix-ins.
  • Stunning Presentation: The colorful raspberry swirls contrasted against the creamy cheesecake make for an eye-catching dessert. And it’s extra special with some raspberry whipped cream on top, too!
Rich and creamy homemade raspberry cheesecake bars on parchment paper

Ingredients

Here’s everything you need to make these cheesecake bars:

  • Fresh or Frozen Raspberries: The star of the fruity swirl! Choose plump, juicy berries for maximum flavor impact.
  • Graham Cracker Crumbs: The buttery, slightly sweet foundation. Crush ’em up for the perfect crumbly crust.
  • Granulated Sugar: It adds just the right amount of sweetness. 
  • Unsalted Butter: It binds the crust together. 
  • Full-Fat Cream Cheese: The creamy, dreamy heart of the cheesecake!
  • Large Eggs: They provide structure and richness. 
  • Sour Cream: It adds a subtle tang and creaminess.
  • Vanilla Extract: A splash of vanilla makes everything better.
  • All-Purpose Flour: It helps set the cheesecake filling. 
  • Cornstarch: To thicken the raspberry sauce. 
  • Lemon Juice: It brightens the berry flavor.
A container of fresh raspberries on a white marble table, overhead view
Cheesecake filling in a glass baking dish with fresh raspberries, overhead view

How to Make Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

Making these bars couldn’t be easier!

  1. Make the crust. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Press into a lined pan and bake for 10 minutes.
  2. Prepare the raspberry sauce. Cook the raspberries, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice until thickened. Strain and cool.
  3. Mix the filling. Beat the cream cheese, sugar, eggs, sour cream, vanilla, and flour until smooth.
  4. Assemble the bars. Pour the filling into the crust. Swirl in spoonfuls of the raspberry sauce.
  5. Bake the cheesecake. Bake at 325°F for 35-40 minutes until set. Cool at room temperature, then chill.
  6. Chill thoroughly. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before slicing and serving.
  7. Slice and serve. Lift the bars out using a parchment overhang. Cut into 16 squares. Enjoy!
Divine dessert delight: Swirling raspberry cheesecake bars on parchment paper

Tips for the Best Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

Follow this advice for the very best bars:

  • Room temperature is key. Keep the cream cheese, eggs, and sour cream are at room temperature. This ensures a smooth, lump-free cheesecake filling.
  • Crack down on cracking! To avoid cracks, don’t overmix the batter (especially after adding eggs). Also, let the bars cool gradually at room temperature before refrigerating.
  • Strain the sauce. For a smooth sauce, press the cooked raspberries through a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds.
  • Swirl gently. When swirling the raspberry sauce into the cheesecake, use a light hand and don’t over-swirl. Otherwise, the colors will muddle.
  • Let them chill Refrigerate the bars for at least 3-4 hours, ideally overnight, before slicing to allow them to fully set.
  • Keep things clean. For clean slices, use a large sharp knife cleaned with a damp cloth between each cut.
  • Switch them up. Swap raspberries for other berries like strawberries or blueberries. Add lemon zest to the cheesecake batter for a bright citrus note. Use chocolate graham crackers or Oreos for the crust.
Irresistible raspberry cheesecake bars with graham crusts on a parchment paper, a taste of heaven

How to Store

Follow these tips to keep your cheesecake bars fresh:

To Store: Keep the bars covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Store in an air-tight container to maintain freshness.

To Freeze: Place the bars on a baking sheet and freeze until solid, about 2 hours. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and foil. Then, transfer to an air-tight container or freezer bag and store for up to 2-3 months.

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Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

Course: DessertCuisine: American
Servings

16

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

50

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Calories

270

kcal

These raspberry cheesecake bars are nothing short of heavenly! Vanilla cheesecake is swirled with raspberry and baked on a graham cracker crust.

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 10 full sheet graham crackers)

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • Cheesecake Filling:
  • 16 ounces full-fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature

  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature

  • 1/3 cup sour cream, at room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • Raspberry Swirl:
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on the sides.
  • Combine the graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar, and melted butter. Press the mixture firmly into the prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool as you prepare the filling.
  • Combine the raspberries, 2 tablespoons sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir and mash the mixture until it starts to thicken, about 5 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove seeds. Allow to cool.
  • Using a handheld or stand mixer, beat the cream cheese and 2/3 cup sugar together on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs, sour cream, vanilla extract, and flour. Beat until fully combined and smooth. Pour the filling into the crust.
  • Add spoonfuls of the raspberry sauce on top of the filling. Use a knife to gently swirl the sauce into the filling, creating a marbled effect.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the cheesecake appears set on top and only slightly jiggly in the center. Allow to cool at room temperature for 45 minutes, then chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours before slicing and serving.
  • Use the parchment paper overhang to lift the cheesecake out of the pan. Slice into 16 squares and serve.

Notes

  • Use 1/4 cup of raspberry preserves to make the swirl on top instead of making the sauce from scratch.

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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

2 thoughts on “Raspberry Cheesecake Bars”

    • Hi Jade!

      You can use prepared puree to save on time.

      Thaw it, and use about 1/4-1/3 cup, depending on how much you want. The recipe as listed makes between 1/4 cup and 1/3 cup after straining.

      Heat the puree with 1-2 tablespoons of granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon of cornstarch, and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in a saucepan over medium heat until thick 🙂

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