Blackberry Cheesecake Bars With Shortbread Crust

Blackberry Cheesecake Bars With Shortbread Crust – buttery crust, topped with luscious cheesecake layer and sweet blackberry sauce swirled into it.  Quick to make, tastes delicious and has great flavor. One slice from these is not enough!


Blackberry Cheesecake Bars

Hi guys!

I finally got to make some cheesecake again! It is one of my all time favorite desserts, but for some reason I don’t make it that often!

I was craving cheesecake last week and since I did not have time to make some I asked my husband to get me some from the store. While I’ve had some good tasting store bought cheesecakes, this one wasn’t one of them. Anyway, this meant I had to bake a cheesecake asap!

With some fresh blackberries on my kitchen counter, I decided to make a blackberry swirl cheesecake bars. Why bars? I love the taste of homemade shortbread crust (not what I dislike graham cracker crust) and wanted to combine a thicker crust with a layer of cheesecake.

This crust is almost as thick as the cheesecake layer, so if this is something you don’t like, simply reduce the ingredients and you’ll end up with a thinner base for your cheesecake. (Baking time should be reduced to around 10-12 minutes, as well.)


Blackberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars With Shortbread Crust

You can enjoy these cheesecake bars at room temperature or chilled. I cut them into 3×3 inch squares, but if cut into 1×1 inch squares, they’ll make an awesome party dessert.


Blackberry Cheesecake Bars


If you don’t feel like making the blackberry syrup and the swirl, just bake cheesecake and top with fruit preserves.

A fun fact – I’ve only had a bar a day since I made these! Not that they are not delicious, but I need to try and keep my body in shape for spring and summer !

Blackberry Cheesecake bars

Blackberry Cheesecake bars

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5 from 10 votes
blackberry cheesecake bars
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
Blackberry Cheesecake Bars With Shortbread Crust - buttery crust, topped with luscious cheesecake layer and sweet blackberry sauce swirled into it. Quick to make, tastes delicious and has great flavor. One slice from these is not enough!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9
Calories: 565 kcal
For the blackberry sauce:
  • 6 oz fresh blackberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 drops vanilla extract
For the Shortbread Crust:
  • 3/4 cup (1 and 1/2 sticks) softened butter
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
For the cheesecake layer:
  • 16 oz softened creme cheese
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
For the blackberry sauce:
  1. In a sauce pan combine blackberries, sugar and water and cook for 10 minutes. Using a fork mash blackberries. Strain sauce, using a fine mesh strainer. Set a side.
For the crust:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (177 C). In the bowl of a stand mixer cream butter for 2 minutes. Add sugar and mix until combined. Add in flour and salt and mix until medium crumbs are formed.
  2. Line a 9x9 inch baking dish with aluminum foil. Transfer crust mixture and with a spatula or your fingers, press onto the bottom of baking dish. Make sure the layer is even.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes, until edges are golden.
For the cheesecake layer:
  1. In a bowl whisk cream cheese until smooth. Add in sugar, eggs and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Pour mixture over the baked shortbread crust. Smooth the top with a spatula.
  2. To make the swirl - drizzle some sauce on top of cheesecake layer and using a toothpick swirl it into the batter.
  3. Bake cheesecake for 35-40 minutes, until cheesecake is slightly puffed. Cool completely.
  4. Cut into nine 3x3 in squares. Store in the fridge in air tight container for up to 5 days.
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 565 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 51%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 132mg 44%
Sodium 444mg 19%
Potassium 164mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 59g 20%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 36g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 24.9%
Vitamin C 4.8%
Calcium 7.9%
Iron 10.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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