Red, White and Blueberry Cheesecake-- Plus a Giveaway!

Looking for delicious dessert to bake for the Fourth of July? How about this?

The recipe is super easy and it is actually low-fat :)

Red, White and Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 35 min
Nice lower fat option for weight watchers...


1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 stick (4 Tablespoons) butter, melted
1 1/2 packages (12 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup 1% milk
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
zest of one lemon
3 large eggs
1 cup fresh raspberries (more or less, as desired)
3/4 cup fresh blueberries (more or less, as desired)


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8-inch pan with aluminum foil. Spray lightly with cooking spray.
2. In a small bowl, mix crumbs and melted butter. Press mixture firmly into the bottom of the prepared pan.
3. In a food processor (or with an electric mixer) blend cream cheese, eggs, milk, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, and lemon zest just until smooth. Do not over-beat.
4. Pour the cream cheese mixture on top of the crumb crust. Scatter raspberries and blueberries on top.
5. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until touch to center feels slightly firm and set.
6. Cool completely before cutting. Use foil to lift cheesecake out of pan and onto a cutting board. Use a thin, sharp knife to cut into clean-looking bars (wiping blade clean with a paper towel between cuts). Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 1 square
Calories per serving: 197
Fat per serving: 11.33g
Saturated Fat per serving: 6.44g
Fiber per serving: .91g
Protein per serving: 4.32g
Cholesterol per serving: 66.97mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 19.26g

WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program:
5 Old Points Program: 5
Source: RecipeGirl.com

 Afton loved helping with this recipe.  And it tasted really good too!

Interested in winning a coffee bag to create your own coffee bag pillow?

Here is what you need to know to win: 

This bag could be yours :)

Check out the stripe and the text on the back-- love!

PRIZE: A gorgeous coffee bag from my favorite coffee shop! (Pictured above)

TO ENTER: Be a follower of this blog-Crafty Texas Girls and leave me a comment on this post telling me what you would do with the coffee bag.

**For an extra entry in this contest, mention Crafty Texas Girls on your blog, twitter, or facebook page. Then leave me the link in an additional comment on this post. 

GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Thursday, July 7th at 8pm CST


PRIZE DETAILS: The coffee bag will be shipped to the winner. Winner must live in US due to shipping restrictions.

OTHER INFO: The winner will be selected using random.org and announced on Friday morning in a new post on this blog. So come back on Friday and see if you are the lucky winner!


  1. I have become a recent fowllower of your blog, and read it everyday... think you have the greatest ideas... I am totally into coffe bags, just made a couple of pillows too... Love the blue on this one!

  2. I follow your blog and would love to make my own coffee bag pillow. Yours is so cute.

  3. I love your pillow! I just became a follower and I'd love to make my own coffee bag pillow. I'm going to try that recipe too... your cheesecake bars look SO good!
    Laurie @ Gallamore West

  4. 1. I'm a new follower..LOVE the blog!
    2. I LOOOOVE that coffee bag! It is to die for! I have actually been looking for just the thing to make a beautiful pillow out of...I just got a sewing machine and I'm hooked! I haven't been able to find anything like it yet! This would be perfect and it goes in my house perfectly!
    3. I'm visiting from Be Different Act Normal! I’m hosting my first ever blog party and its all 4th of July-all Red, White, and Blue! I’d love for you to link up and share with me!

    Hope to see you over at my place soon!
    Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewife

  5. I love that cheesecake! Yummy

    I am having a Red, White and Blue Linky Party and I'd love for you to link up!

  6. Just saw you on Itsy Bitsy Paper's & am now following you! :) The cheesecake bars look delicious!! YUM! Have a great 4th! :)


  7. i have an apron pattern that uses a coffee bag. i've been wanting to find one. i would love to win.

  8. Your blog is great - so many neat things. I love the coffee bag. thanks for the give-away.

  9. Thank you so much for linking up to my Red, White and Blue Linky Party!


  10. Love the coffee bag! I'm a follower!

  11. I'm thinking this bag could be used to make an apron or two for a couple of little girls I know. (If that didn't work out, it would make a great tote bag.) mcgillrmcgill(at)charter(dot)net

  12. sadly, I am a pillow only coffee bag crafter but LOVE the ideas you posted. Thanks! I am a follower!

  13. count me in on this give away. I can think of a few places to put it in the new house.

  14. Okay, I'm not very crafty, but I love the colors of this coffee bag! The perfect colors for my bedroom!

  15. I really love the coffee bag and I'd love to make a beautiful pillow out of it or some kind of framed work out of it. we are redoing one room at a time and this would fit right in with our plans thanks for the giveaway nupa123atgmaildotcom

  16. http://www.facebook.com/rewcath/posts/10150241334839931 posted on facebook nupa123atgmaildotcom

  17. I have been reading your blog for a couple months now and I love it! I read everytime you post and have even tried some of the crafts you posted (the silhouettes and the anriqued mirror). Love your blog!

  18. I would use the bag to make a pillow, like you did, for my boyfriend. I think he would love it.

    supaflychikenpi2 AT gmail DOT com

  19. I follow your blog with Google Friend Connect. I would use it as a kitchen decoration. garrettsambo@aol.com

  20. Thank you so much for linking this up! I love it! So cute! Perfect for my first blog party celebrating the 4th of July!

    I'm hosting my first ever weekly blog party and it starts today! It is called {re}create into something new! So please link up anything that you have reinvented, repurposed, recycled, revamped, reused, reorganized or redone! http://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com/2011/07/recreate-into-something-new-blog-party.html

    Thanks again!
    Kaitlin--The Not So Simple Housewife


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:) Samantha

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