Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

Creamy lemon cheesecake bars recipe swirled with fresh blueberries on a simple graham cracker crust.  Perfect spring or summer dessert!

Creamy lemon cheesecake bars recipe swirled with blueberries on a simple graham cracker crust.

I’m finally back from Hawaii!  Now let’s see if I stay put for the rest of the summer.   Summer is my favorite time of year here in Rochester, NY and as much as I enjoy traveling, I like to be here to enjoy the very few warm, sunny months that I have here at home.  I have to say, I never expected to love Hawaii as much as I did.  I always knew it was going to be beautiful, but it was far beyond my wildest dreams.  It truly is the most naturally beautiful place I have ever been, including anywhere in the Caribbean!  Everywhere I looked was such stunning, alluring scenery.  It’s a tropical paradise that I hope everyone gets a chance to see someday!

Creamy lemon cheesecake bars recipe swirled with blueberries on a simple graham cracker crust.

The combination of lemon and blueberry are always a hit in my house, especially on summer dessert plates.  Something about lemon flavors in the summer is just so refreshing and vibrant.  Who doesn’t love sweet and tart lemon blueberry bars?  This is a good, solid recipe with a great lemon flavor.  They are so gooey and delicious!  Lemon and blueberry flavors blend together so well in these cheesecake bars.  The sweetness really ties the tartness of their flavors together.

Creamy lemon cheesecake bars recipe swirled with blueberries on a simple graham cracker crust.

Did I mention that the colors in these cheesecake bars are beautiful!?  You know your sweet tooth is screaming for you to put these on your t0-bake list this summer!  Enjoy!

Creamy lemon cheesecake bars recipe swirled with blueberries on a simple graham cracker crust.

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars
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Serves: 16
 
Creamy lemon cheesecake bars recipe swirled with blueberries on a simple graham cracker crust. Perfect spring or summer dessert!
Ingredients
Crust:
  • 12 full-sheet graham crackers (or 1.5 cups graham cracker crumbs)
  • 6 Tablespoons (90g) melted unsalted butter
  • ⅓ cup (67g) granulated sugar
Filling:
  • 16 ounces cream cheese (2 standard packages or 450g), softened to room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅓ cup (67g) granulated sugar
  • zest of 2 medium lemons*
  • juice of 1 medium lemon*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and ½ cups (225g) fresh or frozen (not thawed) blueberries
*1 medium-size lemon = approximately 1 tablespoon of lemon zest = 2 to 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Line a 8x8 baking pan with aluminum foil with enough overhang on the sides to be able to lift out later. Set aside.
Crust:
  1. Using a food processor or blender, pulverize the graham crackers into a fine crumb.
  2. Pour into a medium bowl and mix with melted butter and sugar.
  3. Press into the lined pan.
  4. Bake for 5 minutes. Allow to cool as you prepare the filling.
Filling:
  1. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese for 1 minute on medium speed until smooth.
  2. On medium speed, beat in the egg, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract together until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes.
  3. Gently fold in the blueberries with a spatula. Pour all of filling onto the baked crust.
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the cheesecake has set up and the edges are lightly browned. The bars will puff up, but will sink down a little as they cool.
  5. Allow to cool for 30 minutes at room temperature on a wire rack and then chill in the refrigerator for at least three hours before cutting into.
  6. Lift the foil out of the pan and cut into squares.
  7. Store bars in a covered container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

 

Recipe source:  sallysbakingaddiction.com

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Author:Ashley

These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, storms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has always been baseball. Go Yankees!

23 Responses to “Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars”

  1. July 7, 2014 at 2:31 AM #

    Welcome back! Hawaii is definitely beautiful–and so are these cheesecake bars! They look like summer on a plate!

  2. July 7, 2014 at 4:11 AM #

    Oh wow these look amazing!!

  3. July 7, 2014 at 10:54 AM #

    Love the blueberry and lemon flavor combination. Welcome back!

  4. July 7, 2014 at 11:42 AM #

    Hope you had a fabulous time in Hawaii Ashley! Welcome back!
    These cheesecake bars look fantastic <3

  5. July 7, 2014 at 1:10 PM #

    These bars look so yummy and perfect for summer! It’s awesome you love Hawaii! I’d love to go there one day. I’m not much for travel anytime of year (I wish I was – I hate winter!), but in the summer, I love enjoying the small bit of nice weather we get.

  6. July 7, 2014 at 1:40 PM #

    Ahhh Hawaii. I miss it there big time! These bars look heavenly! Wish I could reach in and grab one!

  7. July 7, 2014 at 2:30 PM #

    Im so glad you had such a wonderful time in Hawaii! And these lemon blueberry cheesecake bars look incredible! I bet they taste just as good as they look!

  8. July 7, 2014 at 3:03 PM #

    Lemons and Blueberries such a great combo!

  9. July 7, 2014 at 3:31 PM #

    Making these!

  10. Ginny McMeans
    July 7, 2014 at 4:01 PM #

    Love Hawaii and your Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars. All is good!

  11. July 7, 2014 at 5:07 PM #

    OMG how was Hawaii!? Beautiful, I’m sure! Just like these cheesecake bars. :)

  12. July 7, 2014 at 5:22 PM #

    Amazing looking. My mouth is watering. Lemon, cheesecake and blueberries….I’m sold.

  13. July 7, 2014 at 7:19 PM #

    I enjoy traveling too but it’s always nice to get home and not be obligated to have to go anywhere or live out of a suitcase. These bars look like a wonderful summer dessert!

  14. July 7, 2014 at 8:15 PM #

    Dang that looks sooo good! It’s a shame I’m a very bare bones diet before I go on a cruise at the end of the month. Maybe I’ll try this when I come back :P

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  15. July 8, 2014 at 8:13 AM #

    Any dessert w/ a blueberry and lemon combo is a winner in my book!

  16. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings
    July 8, 2014 at 10:19 AM #

    I love lemon anything, and this recipe is made even better with blueberries!!

  17. July 8, 2014 at 3:58 PM #

    Lemon blueberry combo gets me every single time! Add cream cheese to that!? Girl, you got me.

  18. July 8, 2014 at 5:36 PM #

    I love how you did this cheesecake with keeping the blueberries whole! Nice little pops of blueberry deliciousness in each bite!

  19. July 8, 2014 at 7:31 PM #

    Blueberry and lemon are the best combination!

  20. July 9, 2014 at 6:59 AM #

    Love lemon and blueberries! These cheesecake bars look divine!

  21. July 9, 2014 at 9:51 AM #

    I would not be able to trust myself around a batch of blueberry lemon cheesecake bars!

  22. July 9, 2014 at 10:15 AM #

    Seriously, blueberry + lemon is a match made in heaven! Love!

  23. July 23, 2014 at 2:31 PM #

    this looks yummy!

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