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!
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.
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??
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
- 12 graham cracker sheets
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ cup butter - melted
- 16 ounces cream cheese - softened (2 8-ounce bricks)
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 egg - at room temperature
- 1-2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ⅓ cup chopped strawberries
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons water - as needed
- 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.