Indulgence just got a sassy upgrade withthese Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars! Picture this: a velvety-smooth cheesecake, bursting with the tangy embrace of lemon and the sweet allure of juicy blueberries, all nestled atop a buttery graham cracker crust. This delightful dessert is a cheeky twist on the classic cheesecake, so prepare to be seduced by each luscious bite.
Why You’ll Love These Easy Cheesecake Bars
- Quick and Easy: You can have these bars ready for the oven in around 20 minutes, and fully baked just 25 minutes after that!
- Fuss-Free: No water bath, no overnight baking, and no cracks.
- Freezer Friendly: You can freeze baked bars for up to 3 months.
There is something irresistible about these blueberry cheesecake squares. The rich and creamy cheesecake filling is toned down slightly by the fresh blueberry sauce and everything is brought together with the buttery graham cracker crust.
It’s like taking the taste of a New York style cheesecake, but leaving all of the fuss of a classic cheesecake behind. These are practically no-fail, quicker, and an easier alternative. Perfect for cheesecake beginners.
Looking for something even easier? Try my No-Bake Cheesecake Bars.
Blueberry Cheesecake Bar Ingredients
Like many of my dessert recipes, this one uses pantry and refrigerator staples. Specifically, lots of baking basics like flour and sugar. The biggest ingredient tip I can give you is to use name brand cream cheese. That is the only item we’ve seen that actually can make a difference in the flavor and texture.
- Butter: Reach for salted butter. This is used in the crust and the salt enhances the flavor of the crackers. No salted butter? No problem. Add a pinch of salt to your crust mixture.
- Graham Crackers: Skip the cinnamon topped crackers and stick with the classic. They have a buttery flavor that is ideal for cheesecake.
- Cream Cheese: The only item I’ll tell you to stick with name brand. Philadelphia cream cheese tastes the best.
- Sugar: Granulated sugar is whipped with the cream cheese to give you a great fluffy base batter.
- Eggs: Large eggs at room temperature. This is key to helping the batter come together without overmixing.
- Milk: 2% milk or higher works best for this cheesecake.
- Vanilla: I like pure vanilla extract. I feel like it leaves less of a chemical aftertaste, but you can use imitation in a pinch.
- Blueberries: Fresh or frozen berries OR you can use a berry jam, like I did, for a beautiful swirl.
How To Make Blueberry Cheesecake Bars
This is a no-fail cheesecake recipe. Why? Because you do not have to worry about sinking, cracks, or under baked filling. Creating a bar version of the classic dessert eliminates all of these common issues.
- PREP: Line a pan with parchment paper for easy cleanup and a handy way to get the bars out once they have baked. Preheat the oven and measure all of the ingredients.
- CRUST: Make the crust by finely blending the crackers and stirring together with the melted butter. Press firmly down in the pan and bake for 10 minutes.
- FILLING: For the filling, mix the room temperature cream cheese with the sugar using an electric mixer. Add the lemon juice, milk, and vanilla. Continue to beat until combined fully. Turn the mixer on low speed and add the eggs, stirring until just combined.
- SWIRL: Pour the batter over the cooked crust. Sprinkle with fresh or frozen berries OR swirl the top with blueberry sauce/jam. I did this by dropping spoonfuls of berry sauce over the batter and used a toothpick to swirl.
- BAKE: Bake until the bars are set. Allow them to cool completely and transfer to the refrigerator to chill.
- 8 Inch Pan: If you plan on taking this treat on the go, I recommend using a 8″ pan with a lid (affiliate). Let the cookies cool completely then cover. Easy peasy.
- Electric Mixer: Add one of these mixers (affiliate) to your Christmas list! They are a game changer for avid bakers. That being said, a handheld mixer (affiliate) works too!
- Silicone Spatulas: If you don’t have a set of silicone spatulas (affiliate), I highly recommend in adding them to your kitchen.
The filling will be set but still a little jiggly in the center. For a more accurate result cook until an instant-read thermometer reads at least 180 degrees once inserted into the bars away from the edge.
Yes. I’ve used fresh and frozen berries and both have worked out perfectly. I even like to switch things up with blueberry sauce or jam for a pretty swirled top.
The cheesecake bars need to be refrigerated, so store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Yes! These blueberry swirl cheesecake bars freeze incredibly well. Bake and cool completely, store in an airtight container inside the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
Of course! While the recipe calls for blueberries, you can use other berries like raspberries or strawberries, or even a combination of fruits to create your own unique twist.
Blueberry Cheesecake bars
- 1/4 cup butter melted
- 1 sleeve graham crackers (about 9 full sheets) crushed finely
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup blueberry jam or fresh blueberries
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Line an 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper for easy removal and lightly mist with baking spray. Set aside.
- Combine the melted butter with the crushed graham crackers in a small bowl. Mix to combine.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and press firmly into an even layer on the bottom.
- Bake for 8 minutes to help the crust firm.
- For the cheesecake, combine the soft cream cheese and sugar into a large mixing bowl. Use a stand or hand mixer to whip until the ingredients have combined and become fluffy, roughly 1 minute.
- Stir the lemon juice, milk, and vanilla extract into the cream cheese mixture and continue to stir until smooth, about 30 more seconds.
- It's ok if there are a few small lumps from the cream cheese.
- Add the eggs, and stir on low speed until only just combined.
- Pour the batter over the baked crust.
- Option one: Sprinkle the top of the cheesecake with fresh of frozen blueberries.
- Option two: Drop small spoonfuls of berry jam over the top of the cheesecake. Use a toothpick, or the pointy end of a knife, to gently swirl into the cheesecake batter. Make sure you don't press too hard into the crust.
- Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until the center of the cheesecake looks like it has set.
- Remove the bars from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Once to room temperature cover and transfer to the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
- Cut and enjoy!
- Use room temperature ingredients. This ensures your batter will come together quickly and evenly while mixing.
- Try not to overmix the batter. Over mixing a cheesecake batter is what leads to cracking. I recommend using a hand mixer (affiliate).
- Mix up the berries you use for other fun cheesecake bar variations!
- I used a graham cracker crust. You can easily substitute wafer cookies or even Oreo’s.
- Watch closely. This cheesecake is done in 30 to 45 minutes.
- Cool completely before moving to the refrigerator.