Lemon-Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

This bar is similar to a lemon cheesecake with fresh raspberries, only in miniature form. These will keep well for several days if kept in the refrigerator.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
24 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cooking spray (such as Pam®)

Crust:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch chunks

Filling:

  • ¾ cup seedless raspberry preserves

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 (6 ounce) container fresh raspberries, cut in half lengthwise

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 9x13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, allowing some to extend over the edges. Spray foil with cooking spray to keep the filling from sticking to the sides. You'll use the overhang to lift the bars from the pan to cut them.

  2. Process flour, brown sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor until blended. Add cold butter chunks and process until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Pour crust mixture into the prepared pan, shake it a bit to help even out the mixture, and press down gently with fingertips. Use a smaller pan, such as 8x8-inch, to press down the entire surface so the crust is smooth and tight.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes.

  4. While the crust cools, heat jam in a microwave-safe bowl in a microwave just until warm, 30 to 60 seconds; stir until smooth.

  5. Beat cream cheese with an electric stand mixer for 1 minute; add sugar and flour and beat until well blended. With mixture running, add egg, egg yolk, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Mix well until smooth.

  6. Spread jam evenly over the cooled crust. Place raspberries, cut-side down, evenly over jam. Pour cream cheese mixture over berries and gently smooth mixture until it covers the entire pan.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven just until set, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool for 1 hour at room temperature, then place in the refrigerator to cool for another 2 hours.

  8. Gently lift cooled cheesecake from the baking pan using the foil overhang. Place on a cutting board, peel back edges of foil, and cut into 24 bars.

Cook's Note:

You can use strawberry preserves instead of raspberry.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

200 Calories
12g Fat
23g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 200
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 81mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 45mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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