Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

Raspberry and cheesecake are one of my favorite combinations. I use it quite often as a filling for yeast breads, pastries, cookies, etc. This time I decided to make them in the form of bars with a shortbread base. The refreshing berries meld with the creaminess of the cheesecake filling as the center of the soft and crumbly cookie bars. This recipe is so simple, quick and elegantly beautiful.

Yields: about 36 bars

Ingredients:

3 sticks of butter, (each stick = 4 oz or 100 grams or 1/2 cup) softened

1/2 cup sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 eggs

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

Filling:

2 packages (8 oz, each) cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

1/2 cup raspberry preserves/jam, preferrably seedless

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13×9 inch rimmed bakind sheet with aluminum foil and spray with baking spray.

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  IMG_9028 Add the eggs and vanilla, one at a time, until incorporated.  IMG_9083 Whisk the flour, salt and baking powder separately and then add to the batter. Mix just until combined.  IMG_9087 Save 2 cups of the shortbread batter and refrigerate.  Press the remaining shortbread batter into the prepared baking sheet.  IMG_9090 Bake for about 15 minutes. Cool slightly. Meanwhile, mix the cream cheese and sugar until smooth and no lumps appear. IMG_9094 Add the vanilla and eggs.  IMG_9097 Pour over the shortbread crust. Dollop the raspberry preserves over the cream cheese batter.  IMG_9121 Use a butter knife to swirl it around, making a marbled look.  IMG_9126
IMG_9130 Take out the reserved refrigerated shortbread batter and grate it on a box grater over the cheesecake filling.  IMG_9133 Bake for about 35-45 min. IMG_9222

Raspberry Cheesecake Bars
 
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Recipe type: Sweets
Serves: 36 bars
Ingredients
  • 3 sticks of butter, (each stick = 4 oz or 100 grams or ½ cup), softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
Filling:
  • 2 packages (8 oz, each) cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup raspberry preserves/jam, preferably seedless
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13x9 inch rimmed bakind sheet with aluminum foil and spray with baking spray.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla, one at a time, until incorporated.
  4. Whisk the flour, salt and baking powder separately and then add to the batter. Mix just until combined. Save 2 cups of the shortbread batter and refrigerate.
  5. Press the remaining shortbread batter into the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes. Cool slightly.
  7. Meanwhile, mix the cream cheese and sugar until smooth and no lumps appear.
  8. Add the vanilla and eggs. Pour over the shortbread crust.
  9. Dollop the raspberry preserves over the cream cheese batter. Use a butter knife to swirl it around, making a marbled look.
  10. Take out the reserved refrigerated shortbread batter and grate it on a box grater over the cheesecake filling.
  11. Bake for about 35-45 min.

 
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  1. Ani K says

    making this tonight, Olga I love love love your blog. I use it very often and I know the food will be yummy cuz so far everything I have made from this site has been delicious. Keep them coming:)

  2. Vitaliya Bogdanets says

    I finally had time to make theses delicious bars!! Thank you Olga! Thank you for the easy to follow recipe!!

  3. Natasha says

    I made these today, sooo delicious. If you love cheesecake you will love these bars. Since its only me and my hubby I halved the recipe and made it in 9 in cake pan. It came out looking beautiful…

    • olgak7 says

      Yay! Glad you liked it:) you’re right – it’s definitely for cheesecake lovers. I halve the recipe too if it’s just for my husband and myself.

  4. natalia says

    Looks delish. :) I will try to make it with homemade frozen rasberry with sugar preserve. Does the base cook fully, or it just looks moist on the picture?

  5. natalia says

    Olga i am in search of a receipe for Kartoshechka, but not the one made of graham cookies, but baked, made like truffles, that melts in your mouth like a truffle chocolate, but moist like a cake :) I tried once at the russian wedding, but could not fine a receipe. Just wondering if you have that receipe in your cookbook :)

    • says

      I have a great recipe for this, actually my husband does, from when he was doing his practice in a bakery while he was in school. I was actually going to post it on the blog very soon. Perfect timing:).

  6. Snezhana says

    I wish there was a button that when clicked would make anything on your blog appear right in front of me…If I actually had one it would be broken by now…and I would be super fat:/

  7. Zhanna M. -from pa says

    Hi,
    I have no idea how I got to this site but I really
    Enjoy it! Thanks for your Russian food section, as well as all these amazing sweets.
    :)

  8. Anna says

    I love your pictures and being a very visual person, it helps having the aid when cooking. I need a new recipe for fall/thanksgiving so I’m thinking to substitute the raspberry preserves with apple. What do you think?

  9. angelina says

    I made this three times in the last month……so good…..make sure to share some it with your friends because its very tempting to eat it all by yourself.

  10. olga says

    Is this okay to make a day before serving? and do you think they will be a good dessert for thanksgiving? They have to be stored in fridge huh?

  11. Elvira says

    Hi Olga . Thank you for the recipe . They are amazingly delicious, and I love how you write out the instructions , it makes it much easier to make is correctly.

  12. Antonia says

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  13. Svetlana says

    They are awesome i used to make with just jam before but with cream cheese i made first time my boys ate them in a day. Making more today!!thank you for recipe Olga. God bless for what you do.

  14. Anonymous says

    Would recommend putting the grams and ounces of things! I buy butter from SAMs club and 3 sticks of butter in my case would probably equal out to like 9 sticks of butter in your recipe. Also cream cheese I buy in SAMs as well which comes in a 3 pound block. How much of that are your 2 sticks? Would be nice to have clearer instructions. Thanks

    • says

      I absolutely agree:). That would certainly clarify things, wouldn’t it? I’ev been trying to be as clear about measurements as I can, but I still have older recipes where it have measurements like this. Please let me know if you notice anymore recipes that need to be adjusted to include the exact measurements in oz. I will write it in for this recipe. Thanks so much for letting me know.

  15. Erica says

    I am making these wring now! House smells soo GOOOOD!! Just want to say thanks so much for what you do. May God Bless you and your family. I hope you know that through you sharing these yummy recipes you are spreading love and peace into everybodies homes.

  16. Sara says

    I can’t wait to make these cheesecake bars for Mother’s Day. Do you think I could add some sliced Almonds to the crumbly top mixture??

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