Blueberry Bliss Cheesecake Bars
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Blueberry Lemon Bliss Cheesecake Bars

Sweet, juicy blueberries are bursting out of these lemon cheesecake shortbread bars! What a perfect combination!
Prep Time30 mins
Author: Kim Lange

Ingredients

Shortbread Crust

  • 1 1/4 cup butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Blueberry Filling

  • 2 cups blueberries fresh
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Cheesecake Filling

  • 2 8 oz . packages cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs

Optional Topping

  • Additional berries on top of bars sprinkle randomly 1/4 - 1/2 cup.

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray with non-stick spray or line a 9 x 13 pan with parchment paper.

Shortbread Crust

  • Combine 1 tablespoon lemon zest with 1/2 cup granulated sugar and using fingers, rub the zest into the sugar to infuse the sugar with lemon.
  • In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar and lemon zest on medium speed until well incorporated and creamy.
  • Beat in flour and salt until combined.
  • Press shortbread dough into bottom of prepared pan and bake until edges are golden, 25-30 minutes.

Blueberry Filling

  • In a medium saucepan, combine blueberries with brown sugar, 2 tablespoons lemon zest, and lemon juice and cook over medium heat, until berries are just soft, 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • After berries are soft, set aside to cool.

Cheesecake Filling

  • Combine 1 tablespoon lemon juice with 1/2 cup sugar and using fingers or fork, mix together to infuse the sugar with lemon.
  • Beat cream cheese with the sugar/lemon mixture and vanilla in a large bowl on medium speed until smooth.
  • Beat in eggs, one at a time, until incorporated.

Putting it all together

  • Dollop cream cheese mixture onto warm crust and spread to make an even layer.
  • Dollop blueberry mixture over top of cream cheese layer and gently use a knife tip through the top to create some random swirls.
  • Optional: Sprinkle blueberries on top.
  • Bake in oven until filling is set, 35-40 minutes.
  • Let cool and cut into bars, if you can wait that long. :)

Notes

Option: If you don't want to make the blueberry filling, you could use canned blueberry pie filling, but I would still add in some random fresh blueberries and some lemon zest, for a pop of fresh.