Raspberry Cheesecake Bars #SpringSweetsWeek

These Raspberry Cheesecake Bars are a favorite dessert in bar form. Creamy cheesecake is swirled with fresh raspberry sauce for a sweet spring or summer cookie perfect for sharing.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

side view of Raspberry Cheesecake Bars on a blue pedestal cake stand

Happy Monday and welcome to #SpringSweetsWeek, hosted by Heather of Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks and Christie of A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures. This week, my blogging friends have over 100 new springtime recipes that they’ll be sharing, including 3 from me. Plus, there’s a giveaway with 6 prizes you could win.

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side view of Raspberry Cheesecake BarsThe first recipe I am sharing with you this week is Raspberry Cheesecake Bars. While we enjoyed all of the recipes I’ll be sharing this week, I think this one was our favorite. I know Mr. Nutterbutter loved it – he has asked me 6 times in the past few weeks to make it again! 

These Raspberry Cheesecake Bars take a little time to make but it’s worth the effort. There are 3 steps to making these – making the raspberry sauce, making the crust, and then assembling and baking the finished cheesecake bars – before the cookies need to cool and be refrigerated for several hours. But it’s worth it. Creamy vanilla cheesecake is swirled with a sweet raspberry sauce (with the perfect graham cracker to cheesecake ratio!) for a cookie that was a total hit in our house!

overhead view of a pan of raspberry cheesecake bars with sugar and vanilla paste

Recipe Notes for Raspberry Cheesecake Bars:

  • For best results, you’ll want to make this the day before serving, so that the cookies have time to sit overnight. 
  • If desired, strain the raspberry sauce to remove seeds. I didn’t because I wanted as much of the fresh fruit as possible. The seeds weren’t noticeable for us.
  • I used two products from our sponsors in this recipe – Dixie Crystals Granulated Sugar and Taylor & Colledge vanilla paste in this recipe. If you can’t find vanilla paste, you can use 3 tsp. vanilla extract instead.

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side view of a single raspberry cheesecake bar on a white plate

Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

These Raspberry Cheesecake Bars are a favorite dessert in bar form. Creamy cheesecake is swirled with fresh raspberry sauce for a sweet spring or summer cookie perfect for sharing.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Chill Time 6 hours
Total Time 7 hours 15 minutes
Servings 20
Author Liz

Ingredients

Ingredients for the Raspberry Swirl:

  • 1 1/2 c. fresh raspberries (about 8 oz.)
  • 2 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. room temperature water divided
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch

Ingredients for the Graham Cracker Crust:

  • 2 c. graham cracker crumbs (from 2 sleeves of graham crackers)
  • 1/3 c. granulated sugar
  • 6 Tbs. unsalted butter melted

Ingredients for the Cheesecake:

  • 24 oz. full-fat cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 c. full-fat sour cream at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla paste
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2 large egg yolks at room temperature
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. heavy cream

Instructions

Make the Raspberry Sauce:

  1. In a small saucepan set over medium-low heat, add raspberries, sugar, and 1 tsp. water. Stir frequently, breaking up raspberries. While raspberries cook, mix remaining 1 tsp. of water with cornstarch in a small bowl. set aside.

  2. When raspberries are simmering, add cornstarch mixture, stirring to combine. Continue cooking and stirring at a simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. If not using immediately, may refrigerate for up to a week.

Make the Graham Cracker Crust.

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with foil and set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients until well incorporated. Pour into prepared pan. Use clean hands to press graham cracker mixture along bottom and just slightly up the sides of the pan.

  3. Bake for 10 minutes, until just beginning to brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool on the stovetop until needed.

Assemble and Bake the Cheesecake Bar:

  1. When crust is removed from oven, reduce heat to 325F.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and sour cream on medium speed until completely smooth. Reduce speed slightly and beat in sugar and vanilla paste, scraping down sides of the bowl as necessary. Return mixer to medium-low speed. Add eggs and egg yolks, one at a time. Scrape down sides of the bowl and with mixer on low, add flour and salt.

  3. Remove bowl from mixer and with a rubber spatula, fold in heavy cream until just incorporated.

  4. Pour half of cheesecake mixture on top of baked crust. Drizzle half of raspberry sauce over cheesecake. Top with remaining cheesecake. Drizzle remaining raspberry sauce over top. Use the tip of a butter knife to swirl raspberry sauce into cheesecake.

  5. Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, until edges are set and middle is just barely jiggly. Remove from oven and cool completely. Gently wrap pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight.

  6. When ready to serve, use foil to remove bars from pan. Use a large warm knife, slice into squares, cleaning the knife after each slice. Serve immediately

  7. Bars will kept in the fridge for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Recipe Notes

Substitutions: If you don't have vanilla paste, use 3 tsp. vanilla extract instead.

The raspberry sauce was adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction. The cheesecake bars were adapted from Baker by Nature.

These Raspberry Cheesecake Bars are a favorite dessert in bar form. Creamy cheesecake is swirled with fresh raspberry sauce for a sweet spring or summer cookie perfect for sharing.

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