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.

blueberry cheesecake bars

Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

Yield: makes 9

Blueberry Cheesecake Bars - creamy cheesecake squared studded with blueberries.

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.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g
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This Post Has 49 Comments

  1. Laura

    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!

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Laura!

  2. Natalie

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

    1. bakedbree

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

  3. Tanya at Ignite Your

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

    1. bakedbree

      You too!

  4. aishahias

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

    1. bakedbree

      Much easier than a real cheesecake.

  5. Tami

    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!

    1. bakedbree

      you both win!

  6. claire

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

    thanks for sharing!

    1. bakedbree

      Hope you like them Claire!

  7. Sarah

    WOW–these look absolutely fantastic!

    1. bakedbree

      they are springy and not too sweet.

  8. Rachelle R

    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!!

    1. bakedbree

      thanks for letting me know Rachelle!

  9. heather starr

    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.

    1. bakedbree

      Wow Heather! You really like these!

  10. Lexi

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

    xox Lexi
    Glitter & Pearls

    1. bakedbree

      I hope that you do!

  11. Rachael

    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!

    1. bakedbree

      glad that you liked these!

  12. Tanya at Ignite Your

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

  13. rosarior

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

    1. bakedbree

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

  14. Ruben Del Rio

    ….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.

    1. bakedbree

      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.

  15. Celine

    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 🙂

    1. bakedbree

      I hope that you do Celine!

  16. Demi

    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. 😀

    1. bakedbree

      Yeah Demi!

  17. Linda

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

    1. bakedbree

      I am so glad Linda!

  18. RACHEL

    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.

    1. bakedbree

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

  19. Patty

    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!

    1. bakedbree

      I’d double it to get 30.

  20. Brooke R.

    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!

    1. bakedbree

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

  21. Hakeem

    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

    1. bakedbree

      I don’t really know Hakeem. Maybe underbaked?

  22. Jason DiSilva

    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.

    1. bakedbree

      Welcome! Glad that you like it.

  23. Sheila

    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!

    1. bakedbree

      Hope you love them!

  24. Christina

    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)!

    1. bakedbree

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

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