Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars

These Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars are the best fruity desserts for the summertime. These fresh and tangy treats are made with a buttery shortbread crust for perfection in every bite.

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Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars

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.

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Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars. Complete daily sustenance. Feel free to eat 30.

How to Make Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars

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

 photo IMG_0831_zps7bdd8361.jpgHow pretty is that?

 photo IMG_0833_zps5fc805ff.jpgThen 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.jpgWhile 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 CupsI’m telling you, a full meal.

 

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Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 36 bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description:

These Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars are the best fruity desserts for the summertime. These fresh and tangy treats are made with a buttery shortbread crust for perfection in every bite.


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon zest, divided
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cut into tablespoon sized pieces
  • 2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup strawberry preserves

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray a 9×13 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.

Notes:

Garnish with whipped cream and strawberries if desired.

Recipe adapted from Southern Living

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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65 Responses
  1. 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

  2. Rosalinda

    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!!

  3. Kate

    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!

  4. 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.

  5. Nicole

    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!!!

  6. 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

  7. 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…

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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