Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Thick buttery graham cracker crust topped with lemon strawberry-swirled filling to make these delicious Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars! Chill them for a tasty summer dessert! 

Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars | Creme de la Crumb

I have some really happy news…

I FINALLY got my hands on a batch of mouthwatering, perfectly sweet and juicy strawberries!!

Pretty please pretend to be half as excited as I am.

Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars | Creme de la Crumb

I’ve been seeing crates and crates of strawberries in the stores lately, so naturally I’ve been buying them in droves, but every single week I’ve been disappointed. Too sour. Too soft. Not soft enough.

Is a perfect batch of strawberries too much to ask for??

Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars | Creme de la Crumb

But like I said, I got some incredible strawberries this week and I am shoving them into my mouth by the handful. Don’t worry though, I saved enough of them to whip up these ultra-mega-yummy cheesecake bars. With a hint of lemon and the most incredibly buttery graham cracker crust you could ever ask for, these beauties are nothing short of summerlicious!

Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars | Creme de la Crumb

Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Thick buttery graham cracker crust topped with lemony strawberry-swirled cheesecake! Chill them for a tasty summer dessert!
Course Dessert
Keyword cheesecake, Lemon, strawberry
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 12 graham cracker sheets
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Cheesecake Layer

  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened (2 8-ounce bricks)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1-2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Strawberry Swirl

  • 1/3 cup chopped strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons water, as needed

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8x8 inch baking pan with foil and lightly grease with cooking spray.
  • First prepare the crust. In a food processor (or good quality blender) pulse graham crackers and sugar until fine crumbs form. Add melted butter and pulse again until mixture comes together. Press into the bottom of prepared pan and bake 10 minutes.
  • Next prepare the cheesecake layer. In a medium-large bowl cream together cream cheese, sugar, egg, lemon juice, and vanilla until smooth. Pour mixture over crust.
  • To make the strawberry swirl, add strawberries and sugar to a blender or food processor and pulse until finely pureed. (add 1-2 tablespoons as water until mixture is easily spreadable)
  • Drop spoonfuls of the strawberry mixture over the top of the cheesecake layer. Use the tip of a knife to swirl the strawberry mixture into the cheesecake mixture - a figure 8 pattern works great! (Careful not to insert the knife too far so that you don't disturb the crust at the bottom)
  • Bake for 25-35 minutes until cheesecake is set. Allow to cool for 20-30 minutes, then transfer to fridge to chill at least 30 minutes or until ready to serve. Store chilled in airtight container or covered with plastic wrap.

Notes

For the lemon juice, use 1-2 tablespoons based on how strong you want the lemon flavor to be. I prefer a lighter lemon taste so 1 tablespoon works great but you could add up to 1 more tablespoon of lemon juice if you are a lemon lover!

 

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HI
WHEN I SERVE CHILLED I ALWAYS HAVE A PROBLEM OF CRUST BEING HARD. AM I DOING SOMETHING WRONG? THANKS IN ADVANCE

    Hi, for this recipe, you shouldn’t need to worry about the crust hardening too much after being chilled. The butter content will keep it nice and soft!

Amazing colors!

This is indeed summerlicious! It looks like watermelon slices from the top.

How much crumbs in cup measure do 12 sheets of graham crackers make? I buy the crumbs, not the full graham wafers.

how early can I make this recipe or Do I need to make it the day we are eating it?

    You could make these a day or two in advance and keep in an air tight chilled container!

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