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Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

blueberry cheesecake barsI really like cheesecake, but I like it in small doses. That is why I love a cheesecake bar or a cheesecake cupcake. Bars are the perfect size to have a bite of something indulgent but not really feel like you ate a whole meal. Cheesecake can make me feel so full that I can barely move. These light and fresh tasting blueberry cheesecake bars are a perfect way to end a spring brunch or dinner.

These bars are a perfect vehicle to change up the flavors. You could change the blueberries to cherries, peaches, strawberries, raspberries, or whatever you have around. You can also use lemon zest instead of the orange to add a new dimension to the cheesecake bars. Have fun with it, that is the best part of cooking and baking. Using what you know to make something else delicious.

blueberry cheesecake bars2 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup orange juice
2 cups flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter
1 (8-ounce) cream cheese at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon flour
2 eggs
2 teaspoons orange zest
1 teaspoon vanilla

blueberry cheesecake barsPut the sugar, cornstarch, orange juice, and blueberries in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until it is thickened and has come to a bubble. Take off the heat and set aside.

blueberry cheesecake barsPut the flour, powdered sugar, and butter in the mixer and mix until it comes together.

blueberry cheesecake barsIt will be crumbly.

blueberry cheesecake barsPress into a foil or parchment lined 9×13 pan. Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven.

blueberry cheesecake barsWhile the crust is cooking, cream together the cream cheese and sugar. Add the flour. Add the eggs, vanilla, and orange zest.

blueberry cheesecake barsPour the cream cheese mixture over the hot crust.

blueberry cheesecake barsSpoon the reserved blueberries over the cream cheese mixture.

blueberry cheesecake barsTake a knife and swirl the blueberries throughout the cream cheese.

blueberry cheesecake barsPut the pan back into the 350 degree oven and bake for another 20 minutes or until the bars are set.

blueberry cheesecake barsLet the pan cool on a rack for an hour. Then put the bars back into the fridge for at least 1 hour or overnight.

blueberry cheesecake barsCut into squares and dust with powdered sugar.

blueberry cheesecake bars This recipe was adapted from Better Homes and Gardens.

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Blueberry Cheesecake Bars


Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 (8-ounce) cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Put the sugar, cornstarch, orange juice, and blueberries in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until it is thickened and has come to a bubble. Take off the heat and set aside.
  2. Put the flour, powdered sugar, and butter in the mixer and mix until it comes together.
  3. It will be crumbly.
  4. Press into a foil or parchment lined 9×13 pan. Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven.
  5. While the crust is cooking, cream together the cream cheese and sugar. Add the flour. Add the eggs, vanilla, and orange zest.
  6. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the hot crust.
  7. Spoon the reserved blueberries over the cream cheese mixture.
  8. Take a knife and swirl the blueberries throughout the cream cheese.
  9. Put the pan back into the 350 degree oven and bake for another 20 minutes or until the bars are set.
  10. Let the pan cool on a rack for an hour. Then put the bars back into the fridge for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  11. Cut into squares and dust with powdered sugar.

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  1. Laura

    March 19th, 2011 at 5:51 am

    Mmm these look absolutely delicious – gorgeous photos! I’m the same way with cheesecake – I love to indulge in the rich dessert but most times I can’t do so in large doses. These look like the perfect way to portion out my cheesecake habit… Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  2. bakedbree

    March 19th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    thank you Laura!

  3. Natalie

    March 19th, 2011 at 8:03 am

    These look fantastic, and I love your printing friendly options!

  4. bakedbree

    March 19th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    thanks Natalie! Me too. I like that you can get rid of all of the pictures easily.

  5. Tanya at Ignite Your

    March 19th, 2011 at 11:52 am

    My husband is going to love these!! Two of his favorite things, cheesecake and blueberries :). Have a great weekend-

  6. bakedbree

    March 22nd, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    You too!

  7. aishahias

    March 19th, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Wow! Looks great! I love blueberry cheesecake. Thanks for sharing the recipe! 😀

  8. bakedbree

    March 22nd, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Much easier than a real cheesecake.

  9. Tami

    March 20th, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    I, too, love cheesecake and didn’t discover it until late in my life. I love the idea of bars, and my hubby adores blueberry pie, so I need to try these for him!

  10. bakedbree

    March 22nd, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    you both win!

  11. claire

    March 20th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Saw these on foodgawker… I cant wait to try them- lord knows i love me some cheesecake! 🙂

    thanks for sharing!

  12. bakedbree

    March 22nd, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Hope you like them Claire!

  13. Sarah

    March 21st, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    WOW–these look absolutely fantastic!

  14. bakedbree

    March 22nd, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    they are springy and not too sweet.

  15. Rachelle R

    March 22nd, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    i don’t normally like cheesecake, but i decided to make these because i had all the ingredients on hand and it looked easy. they tasted great and i couldn’t stop at one bar!!

  16. bakedbree

    March 22nd, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    thanks for letting me know Rachelle!

  17. heather starr

    March 28th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    um i have made these 3 times in the last 6 days–“houston we have a problem!” so easy and yummy thanks for sharing. i made one with blueberries, one plain with lemon curd on top and the other plain with caramel on top. oh my.

  18. bakedbree

    March 29th, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Wow Heather! You really like these!

  19. Lexi

    April 5th, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    These look incredible! I’ll definitely be trying these.

    xox Lexi
    Glitter & Pearls

  20. bakedbree

    April 5th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I hope that you do!

  21. Rachael

    April 24th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Made these today for Easter, but used lemon zest and mixed berries instead (that’s all my mom had at her house). They were absolutely delicious and so easy! Thank you for this recipe and all the others that I cannot wait to try. Love your blog!

  22. bakedbree

    April 24th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    glad that you liked these!

  23. Tanya at Ignite Your

    April 26th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Hey Bree! Just wanted you to know that I made these for Easter and they were fabulous! We fought over the leftovers :).

  24. rosarior

    July 1st, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I truly adore your pictures you make cooking/baking so easy! (ps and the recipies are delicious)!

  25. bakedbree

    July 3rd, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    thank you so much! That is so nice to say.

  26. Ruben Del Rio

    July 7th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    ….orange juice….o_O
    That sounds interesting but kinda….out of place, maybe? Can you enlighten me on that? Like if it’s necessary or if there’s another substitute for it.

  27. bakedbree

    July 7th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Orange and blueberry are beautiful together. It is not necessary, but they really work together. Lemon would be what I sub. A little citrus acts like salt, it brings out the other flavors.

  28. Celine

    August 18th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I just popped a batch of these in the oven, they were super easy to make too, with simple ingredients i had on hand. Cant wait to enjoy them! Thanks for the post 🙂

  29. bakedbree

    August 21st, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I hope that you do Celine!

  30. Demi

    September 4th, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I am so glad I found your recipe. I had been looking for a good cheesecake bar recipe for a long time! I just used your recipe today to make these for Labor Day, and I used strawberries instead of blueberries. They turned out amazing! Thank you. 😀

  31. bakedbree

    September 6th, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Yeah Demi!

  32. Linda

    October 26th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Just bit into the first bar, simply delicious!!! I will certainly be making these again!!

  33. bakedbree

    October 29th, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    I am so glad Linda!

  34. RACHEL

    November 5th, 2011 at 10:18 am

    HI BREE !

    THIS RECIPE SEEMS TO BE DELICIOUS. I WOULD LIKE TO KEEP IT IN MY RECIPES BOX BUT I CANNOT FIND THE FONCTION FOR THAT. CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME.

    YOU HAVE SUCH A MARVELOUS RECIPES ON YOU WEBSITE. I CAN SPEND HOURS JUST TO LOOK AT IT. AND THE PHOTOS, INCRÉDIBLE. I JUST LOVE IT.

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL OF THAT. HAVE NICE DAY, YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

  35. bakedbree

    November 7th, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    thanks Rachel, not all recipes have the recipe box function. I have to manually add them all, and it takes awhile. Sorry!

  36. Patty

    February 14th, 2012 at 12:29 am

    hi there – how many do you think these can make as i was asked to make a dessert for 30 and love the simplicity of this recipe. I love all your recipes…thank you!

  37. bakedbree

    February 18th, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I’d double it to get 30.

  38. Brooke R.

    March 21st, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Bree I am in high school and culinary is my back up plan (or referred to as minor) for future work. Today in class we had to walk into the kitchen and look into the refridgerator and what ever was in there we can use to cook. (Any extra materials we have to buy ourselves.) You had to pick four ingredients that were your main ingedients. (Blue berries, cream cheese, orange juice, and powdered sugar) Find a recipe and that was the assignment. I found your recipe about 20 minutes later. It sound delicious and I can’t wait until friday to make them! I’ll tell you how it goes!

  39. bakedbree

    March 27th, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I am so glad! That is a very useful skill. Being able to make something from nothing.

  40. Hakeem

    June 30th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Hi, I tried your recipe and it tasted great, but my cream cheese mixture was too runny. What did I do wrong?

    Greetings from Cologne/Germany.
    Hakeem

  41. bakedbree

    July 12th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    I don’t really know Hakeem. Maybe underbaked?

  42. Jason DiSilva

    February 3rd, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    The blueberry’s look amazing I am going to have to make these really soon now that you have me salivating. Would love to see more of your creations. I am going to have to shoot food more its amazing how it keeps you in the moment of the preparation and enjoyment. Keep up the great recipes.

  43. bakedbree

    February 4th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Welcome! Glad that you like it.

  44. Sheila

    April 10th, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    I love cheesecake too, and I really like making bars so for me this looks like the perfect combination. Will have to try this, soon!

  45. bakedbree

    April 11th, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Hope you love them!

  46. Christina

    July 30th, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Hey Bree. Thanks for the recipe. Have made these for my small cafe in Northern Canada. I didn’t make my cheesecake sweet enough (I doubled the creamcheese but not the sugar!) so a good dousing of icing sugar on serving should make them perfect for tomorrow’s menu. The blueberry sauce is such a neat idea and looks great marbled through the cheesecake. I like the shortcrust base, rather than the usual cookie. It’s light and butter and complements the smooth cheesecake beautifully. Cheers from Norman Wells (google it :P)!

  47. bakedbree

    August 3rd, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I am glad that you liked them! Aren’t they pretty?

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