Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Bars are so easy to make and they are a perfect spring dessert.
You’ve probably heard the saying “When life gives you lemons make lemonade”. It’s not always so easy to turn a negative into a positive, though. It’s even harder sometimes to convince someone else that everything happens for a reason.
I remember when I was in high school my two best friends made the cheerleading squad and I didn’t. I was devastated at the time and I felt like such a failure.
Of course it actually ended up being for the best and I had other opportunities come along but, when I was going through it, it seemed like “the end of the world”. There is nothing like getting out into the real world or raising children to make you really put things into perspective.
Now, when my boys go through a tough situation, I’m the one that has to convince them that everything will turn out ok in the end. It’s hard to stay positive when things don’t go our way and trying to encourage a child, or even a good friend who is going through a tough situation, without coming across as making light of their pain or hurt is no easy task.
Sometimes it’s best just to be there and to listen. Serving up a sweet little treat to help bring out a smile never hurts either.
Now let’s get to these delicious Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Bars!
First, I know some people get intimidated at the thought of making a cheesecake and honestly it really isn’t that hard at all. You’ve got this.
Believe me, the hardest part will be waiting for the finished cheesecake to chill so you can slice it into bars.
Just follow the easy steps in the recipe below and your family and friends are going to love the tangy lemon and fresh raspberry combination.
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 12 graham crackers
- 3/4 stick unsalted butter, melted
- 1 1/2 cups raspberries plus 12 or so for garnish
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup water
- 16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 2 eggs
- 2 lemons, zested and juiced plus 1 extra lemon to zest for garnish.
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Grease the bottom of a 9 by 9-inch baking pan with butter or cooking spray.
- Place a piece of parchment paper over the top, pressing down at the corners.
- In a food processor, process the sugar, cinnamon and graham crackers until you have the texture of bread crumbs.
- Add the melted butter and pulse a couple of times to fully incorporate.
- Pour into the lined baking pan and gently pat down with the base of a glass.
- Bake in the oven for 12 minutes until golden brown.
- Set aside to cool.
- While the crust is baking prepare the raspberry layer.
- In a small saucepan, whisk together the sugar and cornstarch.
- Add the raspberries and turn the burner onto low.
- Add the lemon juice and water and bring the mixture to a low boil.
- Simmer for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture reduces and thickens.
- Remove from the heat and allow to cool - the mixture will continue to thicken while cooling.
- Stir the raspberry mixture once it has cooled.
- Spread over the cooled crust.
- In a medium bowl, add the cream cheese, eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice and sugar and mix until well combined (alternately use a stand mixer or food processor).
- It should have a smooth consistency.
- Pour onto the cooled raspberry covered crust.
- Bake in the oven for 35 minutes or until the center only slightly jiggles.
- Remove from the oven and cool completely before refrigerating for at least 3 hours.
- Once chilled, remove from pan using the parchment lining and slice into 12 rectangular bars.
- Garnish each bar with a raspberry and a little lemon zest if desired.
I am not sure which part is my favorite – I like a little crust in every bite, for sure.
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Claire is a wife and busy working Mom to three boys and A Little CLAIREification is a lifestyle blog committed to bringing readers “Bright Ideas On A Budget” – from recipes, crafts and DIY projects to time management tips, meal planning and inspiration.
A self proclaimed CHEESE addict and lover of Sharpie markers in every color known to man, Claire also likes to throw a little fun and laughter in the mix as well. I’d love for you to follow along!