Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars with Shortbread Crust | Cookies and Cups

Helloooo people!

Today I’m looking out for ya!  Honest.

…A giver, a people pleaser, an all around go-to girl, that’s what I am.



The thing is, I hear you need fruit in your diet.  Health is important.


So today two fruits for the price of one.

See?  A giver!

Plus there’s dairy and fiber: cheesecake and shortbread.

A people pleaser!!!  I told ya!


OR, I suppose you could say I’m a saboteur.  A mean girl.   An enabler…

Because, honestly I’m trying to sell you cheesecake bars as a well rounded meal.



But I’m pretty much sure that might make me the coolest mean girl ever.

You say tomato.



Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars.

Complete daily sustenance.  Feel free to eat 30.

Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars with Shortbread Crust | Cookies and Cups The crust is yummy shortbread…

and I actually used my pastry cutter…I knew I bought that thing for a reason!

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It’ll be super crumbly and dry.  Don’t you worry…

Press it into the pan and bake it until the edges are beginning to golden up.

 photo PicMonkeyCollage_zps65c04d5e.jpg When the crust is partially cooked, pull it out and spread on some Strawberry preserves.  Use good ones, people.

 photo IMG_0831_zps7bdd8361.jpg How pretty is that?

 photo IMG_0833_zps5fc805ff.jpg Then pour the lemon cream cheese mixture on top of that.

I didn’t show this step, but while the crust is partially baking, you can mix this up.  Super simple.

 photo IMG_0838_zps075f1dfb.jpg While it’s baking clean up.

No one likes a messy kitchen 😉

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And finito!

Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars with Shortbread Crust | Cookies and Cups I’m telling you, a full meal.


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Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars
makes 36 squares
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon zest, divided
  • ¾ cup cold butter, cut into tablespoon sized pieces
  • 2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup strawberry preserves
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl combine flour, powdered sugar, 1 tsp lemon zest and butter. Cut together with a pastry cutter until mixture is crumbly. It will be dry, don't worry.
  4. Press the mixture into the prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes until edges start to golden.
  6. Meanwhile, in bowl of stand mixer beat together cream cheese, remaining zest and granulated sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, stirring until combined. Stir in lemon juice.
  7. When crust is golden, remove from oven and spread strawberry preserves evenly on top. Pour cream cheese mixture on top of preserves.
  8. Continue baking for 25 minutes until cheesecake is set in the middle.
  9. Allow to cool on wire rack for 20 minutes and then chill in refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
  10. Cut into squares when ready to serve.
Garnish with whipped cream and strawberries if desired.

Recipe adapted from Southern Living




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65 Comments on "Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars"

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June 6, 2013 8:26 am

So pretty! These look amazing!

June 6, 2013 8:29 am

Mmmm…looks like a well-balanced meal to me!

June 6, 2013 8:43 am

Perfection! These look divine!

June 6, 2013 8:46 am

Pretty! It looks like it would be refreshing on a hot summer day.

June 6, 2013 8:51 am

Simply, who can resist a creamy slice of cheese cake? This is mouth watering

June 6, 2013 9:11 am

You people pleaser you> I am totally fine with that!

June 6, 2013 9:12 am

These are perfect for a picnic! Lovely recipe!

June 6, 2013 9:42 am

Love how easy these look! Cheese cake and strawberries?! Two of my favorites!

June 6, 2013 9:57 am

Yeah, this is definitely a diet I can get behind.

June 6, 2013 10:02 am

This looks lovely! I have always argued that as fruit pastilles include real fruit juice then they act as one of your 5 a day if you eat enough…

June 6, 2013 10:04 am

This is why we love you. Your always looking out for us. 😀 This looks so good!

June 6, 2013 10:36 am

These are just scrumptious looking! Thanks for this. I am new here and have bookmarked this site!

June 6, 2013 10:46 am

I’ve been up since 5 am. I think it’s time for dessert. At 9:46 am

June 6, 2013 11:08 am

You’re not mean for sharing, and I’m so glad you did. These look SO creamy, fruity, and delicious. It’s worth an extra trip to the gym. It’s not your fault if the people you share with have no self control, right? lol

June 6, 2013 12:11 pm

A great combo. Any solutions for a messy kitchen? Any kitchen elves for sale/rent? :)

June 6, 2013 12:36 pm

Oh god, these look divine!!

June 6, 2013 2:26 pm

These look so delicious and great for dessert (or snacks) for summer. I just showed my mom and she said time to bake!!! I can’t wait to try these!!!

June 6, 2013 2:26 pm

No need to try to convince me on these scrumptious looking bars if they’re healthy or not! I’d eat them regardless! Yum!

June 6, 2013 2:28 pm

These look scrumptious! I couldn’t find where you add the second tsp of lemon zest, is it with the lemon juice? I am still a novice in the kitchen so I usually follow recipes to the letter the first time I try anything.


I found consider this a serving of fruit. :) These look fantastic!

June 6, 2013 3:50 pm

Coolest mean girl ever! Haha, but really…These cheesecake bars look divine! Strawberry desserts are one of my favorites! (:

June 6, 2013 3:59 pm

I’m just going to start investing in plus size clothes.
Can’t resist these!!

June 6, 2013 4:45 pm

I noticed that it calls for 2 tsp. lemon zest, divided. I see that 1 tsp. goes into the crust, but where does the other tsp. go? Thanks!


Total people pleaser! Definitely could find a way to justify a few of these disappearing in my house.

June 6, 2013 5:24 pm

Yuuum! I would eat the whole thing before anyone else got to eat them :)
What brand of preserves did you use?

June 6, 2013 5:26 pm


June 6, 2013 6:25 pm

Lemon and strawberries! Together at last! These look awesome. :)

June 6, 2013 7:46 pm

Looks delish!!! Thanks for helping me keep a watch on my fruit intake!!!

June 6, 2013 9:57 pm

ooh! these look incredible… love them!

June 7, 2013 12:18 am

Loved this recipe… no complicated ingredients, sometimes it`s difficult to find ingredients here in Mexico… i will try to make it, but during winter because the oven gets my house soooo hot!! and it is hot down here!! great website!!

June 7, 2013 12:48 am

I’m swooning over here. This is uber decadent AND a complete meal! I chose not to read the latter part of your post where you debunked all the nutrition stuff.

June 7, 2013 1:08 pm

I could DEFINITELY see these becoming part of my balanced diet!

June 7, 2013 8:01 pm

Bright, summery and sweet!! Looks great!

June 8, 2013 2:30 am

A full meal? YES! I am making it tonight’s dinner :)

Amanda A
June 10, 2013 2:50 am

I should not be looking at your blog this late. I’m gaining weight just from looking at it all! Love this.

June 11, 2013 10:55 pm

Wow, this is pretty much health food, isn’t it!! Looks absolutely gorgeous, cheesy and sweet… and YES. I definitely need some of these in my life to fulfil my fruit ratio!
Thanks so much for the gorgeous recipe. Just found you over at Rachel Cooks. Beautiful blog!! x

June 14, 2013 2:05 am

Thanks for the recipe. The crust part is in the oven now.

June 18, 2013 3:57 pm

This is a dumb question but if I halved the recipe, would it make an 8×8 pan?

June 19, 2013 9:42 am

You said eat 30, right? I’m on it.

July 9, 2013 9:49 am

Made these as soon as I read the recipe tonight- so delicious! I ate half of the dish by myself uh oh :S

July 22, 2013 11:44 pm

I just stumbled across your blog tonight. I love it! I see 5 pounds in my future. Your sense of humor is just what I needed tonight. Thanks for sharing.

July 28, 2013 9:04 pm

These look amazing! Pretty too!

September 6, 2013 11:39 am

Looks lovely , it’s in the oven now will post again once we’ve eaten it.

October 28, 2013 2:16 pm

can these be made up in advanced and frozen? I’m planning a big “50”th birthday celebration for my husband and want to do some of the things in advance.


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January 29, 2014 12:30 pm

I have tons of strawberry filling, I wonder could I use that in place of preserves?

February 2, 2014 2:52 am

These look absolutely divine! I can’t wait to try them.

Thanks for posting such wonderful recipes! I visit your website often and am always drooling over the yummy recipes you post!

February 6, 2014 2:15 am

I am trying to watch my calorie intake but when I saw these I just had to print the recipe. I’m going to invite myself over to a friends place just so I can me these to take!

February 6, 2014 11:34 pm

Looking delicious !! I will try this recipe soon…

February 10, 2014 11:45 am

I want to make these for Valentine’s Day! Did you use salted or unsalted butter? About how many lemons did it take to get that amount of zest/juice? Lastly, would these do well being cut with a heart shaped cookie cutter or would it be better to just do them as squares? Thank you!