Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars
These Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars have a buttery shortbread crust and a strawberry swirl cheesecake filling. They’re a great make-ahead dessert that travels well too!
You may have noticed that Fifteen Spatulas has been a bit devoid of desserts lately.
And I really have no explanation, except that I’ve somehow fallen out of love with dessert as a general category of food.
It’s very bizarre, and my husband has many times questioned me in a “who are you and what did you do with the Joanne I knew” kind of way whenever I glance over a dessert menu at a restaurant and pass on dessert altogether.
I think the real explanation is that I’ve realized there are a lot of desserts not worth eating.
I’ve been buckling down on controlling my weight and eating habits (down 3.5 lbs in a month, woohoo!) and eating dessert is a very quick way to use up your calories.
If I’m going to eat a dessert, it has to be dang good, because I’m only going to allow myself a small piece of it. And if I lose my self control and eat a little more than I should, well, at least it was dang good and maybe slightly arguable that it was worth it.
That’s particularly why I love multi-layered desserts like this one, and these Millionaire’s Shortbread bars or Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares. Sometimes more in dessert is better.
Cheesecake will always fall in that ‘dang good’ category for me. Something about cheesecake just jives with my tastebuds.
I know this because whenever I make it, the spatula always gets licked. So do the beaters. Never waste cheesecake.
This cheesecake is one of those quick fix versions, because it doesn’t require baking in a water bath or anything. Basically just make a shortbread crust, then spread on a simple cheesecake filling, and swirl in strawberry jam.
Bake, and eat! Oh, and FYI, sometimes I like to press chocolate chips into the cheesecake before I pop it into my mouth. It’s good and tastes kind of like these cookie dough cheesecake bars that I also love!
More Cheesecake on Fifteen Spatulas:
- Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars
- Mini Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust and Raspberry Sauce
- Sweet Potato Swirled Cheesecake with Pecan Crust
- Chocolate Cheesecake Candy Cane Bars
Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars
For the shortbread crust:
- 12 tbsp unsalted butter softened
- 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 10 oz flour, by weight (2 cups, measured)
For the cheesecake:
- 16 oz cream cheese softened (2 blocks)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg at room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp high quality strawberry jam
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Start with the shortbread crust. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, cream together the butter, confectioner’s sugar, sea salt, vanilla extract, and almond extract.
- Add the flour and mix until just combined. It will be crumbly, and that’s fine.
- Press the shortbread crumbles into an 8×8 square baking pan with your fingertips.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, until a little bit golden brown, then let it cool completely on a wire rack.
- Make the cheesecake by whipping together the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla extract with a hand mixer.
- Whip the ingredients until combined, but take care not to overmix.
- Spread the cheesecake filling evenly over the cooled shortbread crust.
- Add plops of strawberry jam and swirl it into the cheesecake filling.
- Bake the cheesecake for 25-30 minutes until the cheesecake has set.
- Let the cheesecake cool to room temperature, then refrigerate before serving. When ready to serve, cut into bars and enjoy!
Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.
16 Comments on “Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars”
If you add a little bit of lemon juice or even a couple drops of lemon essential oil (if your an Essential Oils mama) it taste more like a baked cheesecake.
OH! And, my mama just got me that plate for Christmas! 😉 #twinsies
I have a recipe for something similar, but with key lime cheesecake – but I’ve always wanted to try it with STRAWBERRIES!!! Looks YUMMY, can’t wait to try!!! Um, and I’ve totally salivated over the chocolate chip cookie cheesecake bars. Dang 3.5 lbs. UGH!!!
Hey Katie, I LOVE key lime desserts, that sounds awesome!! I have a hard time finding key limes now that I don’t live in Florida anymore. When I do find them I always snatch them up =)
They look so good! I made something last week with cream cheese + jam and was a very happy girl. I love the pale pink color of yours…so pretty for spring and summer!
I’m the same! I was just thinking the other day, when’s the last time I made a treat? I think i’ve just been so overloaded with treats everywhere that I haven’t wanted to make any. Lovethis though. Fruit desserts are my thing
Oh my, don’t these look great! I like cheesecake bars and these look very special.
Cheesecake is always good but I am with you about empty calories which don’t even taste that good. It’s so disappointing on so many levels.
I could never be trusted with such delicious desserts around!
….yeah, no matter how hard I try, I’m never going to be able to diet. There’s just so much good food, (and desserts! I frankly love ALL desserts) and I’d rather exercise than cut down on my precious food consumption. 😉
That said, this looks fantastic! 😀
I have such a problem with self control and dessert! I would inhale these so fast!
Fall out of love with dessert?! The horror! I’m down 16 lbs. since January (through Weight Watchers), and cutting down my dessert consumption is easily the hardest thing I’ve had to do since committing to healthy eating. I definitely couldn’t be left alone with these cheesecake bars . . .
These bars definitely look like they are worth indulging in!
I do love desserts but I agree that it has to be worth the calories and many are not. Cheesecake is ALWAYS worth the calories! 🙂
I am with you, dessert had better be amazing if I am going to indulge! These bars look like they would definitely be worth it!
I am on such a strawberry kick lately, these look so tasty!