Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

Boy oh boy…put anything together with my beloved cheesecake and you will have one very happy blogging gal! I have professed my love for it on more than one occasion, and it’s perfect in its plain, simple form. But toss in some sweet, juicy blueberries AND top it off with a sweet buttery crumble? Perfecto! This is so darned good that I can’t keep this recipe all to myself. I’m a sharer and share I will. I had to break down and buy my blueberries from the grocery store (ugh!) instead of picking them myself. Shameful, I know. I just did not make that a priority this year. So, yes, I paid A LOT for them but I am completely ok with that. More often than not I make desserts in a 9×13 pan because we are dessert lovers and anything smaller won’t last but a couple of hours…at most, however our dessert-lover-sweet-tooth-boy-to-the-extreme Joj and his soon-to-be-Mrs. bought their first house so there is just Joe, myself and our 6’4″ baby, Ty left at home so this 8×8 size is perfect for us three. Plus Joj and Kayla are fitness fanatics so I try to behave and not drop off naughty treats for them very often. And if I make a 9×13 pan of cheesecake anything, you can bet I’ll be picking at it non-stop (and feel nary an ounce of guilt)…after Joj and Kayla’s wedding on August 19 however, all bets are off for this girl. I may even make a very large pan of some deliciousness and not be the good sharer that I claim to be. The creamy, sweet, tangy cheesecake with sweet juicy blueberries topped off with a beautiful golden brown crumble bring this dessert together beautifully. So give it a whirl and let us know how you like it!

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Blueberry Cheesecake Bars
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
1 8x8 Pan 20 Minutes
Cook Time
40-50 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 8x8 Pan 20 Minutes
Cook Time
40-50 Minutes
Blueberry Cheesecake Bars
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
1 8x8 Pan 20 Minutes
Cook Time
40-50 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 8x8 Pan 20 Minutes
Cook Time
40-50 Minutes
Ingredients
Graham Cracker Crust
  • 9 sleeves graham crackers (one pkg)
  • 2 Tbs granulated sugar
  • 4 Tbs unsalted butter, melted
Blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbs Lemon Juice
Crumble Topping
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 7 Tbs cold butter, cubed
Cheesecake Filling
  • 12 ounces light cream cheese, room temp.
  • 1/2 cup plain fat~free greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
Servings: 8x8 Pan
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8x8 pan with foil, lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
  2. In small food processor pulse graham cracker crumbs until finely crushed, or you can use a gallon-sized storage bag and rolling pin. In small bowl add graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter and mix with fork. Spread into pan and lightly press with fingers or measuring cup. Bake for 10 minutes, and cool slightly.
  3. While crust is cooling, in a small bowl combine blueberries, sugar, flour and lemon juice and mix lightly. Set aside.
  4. For crumble topping, in medium bowl combine flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar. Cut cold butter with pastry blender or two forks until small lumps remain.
  5. For cheesecake filling, in large mixing bowl with hand mixer on medium beat together cream cheese, greek yogurt and sugar until smooth. Add vanilla and salt, mix. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Pour cheesecake batter over crust and smooth to the edges. Slowly sprinkle blueberries on top of batter, covering evenly. Top with crumble and bake 40-50 minutes, until crumble has browned lightly and toothpick in center comes out clean.
  7. Cool for 1 hour or until it reaches room temperature. Chill in refrigerator for 2-4 hours, remove from pan and cut into bars.
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