These Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars are the perfect dessert for the warm weather. There’s something about the combination of blueberries and lemon that are simply irresistible. The fresh tart flavor of the lemon with the sweet blueberries make these bars the perfect dessert to bring to a potluck or to snack on when company comes over.
So is anyone else still impatiently waiting for spring to arrive? I AM!!!
People thought I was crazy when I started walking around outside a couple weeks ago in my flip flops. I told them that Mother Nature would eventually get the hint. Well apparently winter is not ready to let go quite yet and we got another good dumping of snow yesterday. So much snow that I had to put my flip flops away and take out my warm boots. UGH.
But the snow didn’t stop me from thinking about the warmer weather and cooking up some spring inspired foods in my kitchen. I am determined to come up with some delicious new recipes to share for the warm weather. When it eventually gets here. And it WILL get here. *taps fingers again, waiting impatiently*
I put together this Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars recipe using fresh blueberries but you can try using raspberries or maybe even blackberries. I was thinking ahead to blueberry season and wanted to find a new way to enjoy those freshly picked blueberries. *taps fingers more impatiently*
Cheesecake is good year round and making cheesecake bars is a great way to enjoy its deliciousness in small (or big, your choice) portions. I think this may start to be my go-to potluck dish this summer.
Looking for some other desserts perfect for summer?
- Fruit Shortbread Pizza
- No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake
- Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle
- Strawberry Salsa with Kiwi
So tell me, what foods are you looking forward to the most this summer? Are you dreaming of firing up your BBQ with some simple side salads? Or maybe about frosty drinks enjoyed by the pool or lake? I know I’m certainly excited to enjoy my vegetables harvested from my garden. Ooooh and strawberry season. Leave me a comment below telling me your favorite recipes for the summer
If anyone missed out on my exciting announcement, make sure you go check out my NEW meal planning ebook! I included 6 weeks of meal ideas with recipes that are perfect the upcoming warm weather. I also share ALL my tips I use for meal planning each week. It’s how I save time, money and my sanity when it comes to dinnertime.
Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 6 tablespoons melted butter
- 4 packages 8 oz each cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- ½ lemon juiced
- 4 eggs
- 1 pint fresh blueberries about 2 cups
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Line a 9x13 cake pan with parchment paper, cut the paper so that it fits inside the pan. Have the ends of the parchment paper extend past the sides.
In a small bowl combine the graham cracker crumbs, 2 tablespoons of white sugar and butter together with a fork. Layer the crumb mixture on the bottom of the pan, pressing the mixture down with the back of the fork.
Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes until slightly browned. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
While the crust is baking, beat the cream cheese, 1 cup of white sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice in a bowl using a stand mixer or hand held mixer until well combined. Add in the eggs, one at a time. Mix until just incorporated.
Using a spatula, gently fold in the fresh blueberries into the cream cheese mixture.
Pour the mixture over the cooled crust. Tap the cake pan on the counter to remove any bubbles from the mixture.
Bake for about 40 minutes, until the center is set and firm to the touch. Remove from the oven.
Cool completely before covering with plastic and chilling in the fridge for 4-6 hours.
Remove the bars from the cake pan and cut into squares to serve. Garnish with icing powder or additional lemon zest if you like.
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