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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.

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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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!

A pastry cutter combining butter and dry ingredients in a mixing bowl

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.

Collage of the steps of spreading a shortbread crust in a baking dishWhen the crust is partially cooked, pull it out and spread on some Strawberry preserves.  Use good ones, people.

Strawberry jam in a measuring cupHow pretty is that?

Strawberry jam being spread over a shortbread crust in a 9x13 baking dishThen 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.

Lemon cream cheese mixture over shortbread crust in a 9x13 baking dishWhile it’s baking clean up.

No one likes a messy kitchen 😉

Dirty dishes from preparing Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars

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

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


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.


  • 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


  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.


Garnish with whipped cream and strawberries if desired.

Recipe adapted from Southern Living


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 126
  • Sugar: 10.1 g
  • Sodium: 22.4 mg
  • Fat: 5.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17.3 g
  • Protein: 1.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 25.3 mg

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66 comments on “Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars”

  1. Sammi Sunshine

    OH MY GOSH! Strawberry and lemon are my top 2 favorite flavors! and YOU combined them! I am dying.

  2. 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!

    1. You will most likely just need on large lemon! And as for the cutter, I would just cut them into squares, only because you will lose so much of it cutting it into shapes. Good luck!

  3. KayleneP @ The Links Site

    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!

  4. Laurie Nguyen

    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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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