Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

Yield: 16 bars
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
 
Strawberry cheesecake bars are silky smooth squares made with fresh strawberries and only seven easy to find ingredients. No baking required!
Strawberry cheesecake bars with graham cracker crust is a no bake recipe for Valentine's Day #cheesecake #dessert

Ingredients

For the graham cracker crust:

  • 10 graham cracker sheets finely crushed
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoom kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick melted butter

For the strawberry cheesecake:

  • 8 medium-sized strawberries
  • 16 ounces  cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Additional strawberries for garnish optional

Instructions

To make the graham cracker crust:

  1. Line a 9x9-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Spray with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine graham crackers, ¼ cup powdered sugar, salt, and melted butter. Stir until the mixture is combined.
  3. Transfer the graham cracker mixture into prepared baking dish. Press the mixture down using the bottom of a measuring cup or glass to create an even layer. Freeze for 15 minutes.

To make the strawberry cheesecake:

  1. Cut strawberries into quarters and place in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave strawberries for 30 seconds until warm. Mash the warm strawberries with a fork for about 30 seconds.
  2. Transfer the strawberry mash to a fine mesh strainer. Place the strainer over a bowl and using the back of a spoon or rubber spatula, press the strawberries into the strainer allowing the juice to drip into the bowl below. This will make 3 to 4 tablespoons of strawberry juice. Set aside juice and discard strawberry pulp/seeds.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or using a hand mixer), mix cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, and vanilla on medium speed until smooth. Add strawberry juice and mix just until combined.
  4. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly on top of the chilled graham cracker crust. Freeze for two hours.
  5. Transfer the frozen cheesecake onto a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, cut 2-inch-wide strips vertically then horizontally, creating cheesecake squares.
  6. Garnish with a strawberry slice if desired. Strawberry cheesecake bars are best served chilled.*

Notes

  • Store cheesecake bars in the fridge for up to five days and serve chilled. Bars can also be stored in the freezer for up to 10 days.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 224, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 46mg, Sodium: 199mg, Potassium: 63mg, Carbohydrates: 17g, Sugar: 12g, Protein: 2g, Vitamin A: 560%, Vitamin C: 3.5%, Calcium: 37%, Iron: 0.5%

*Nutritional information is an estimate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist for the most accurate nutritional info.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: strawberry cheesecake bars
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