Bake It: Cheescake Bars

Happy Labor Day! One last day to enjoy summer activities, relax, and enjoy a "red, white, and blue" one last time before we dive into fall. SO it only seemed fitting that we whip up this yummy 'guilt free' cheesecake one last time! 

Gather your ingredients and get started.

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)

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes

This recipe is fun and simple. This is a great recipe to try with your kiddos!  My daughter loved helping almost as much she loved eating it.

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

What is your favorite summer recipe? Are you ready for fall? 


  1. Wish I lived nearby for the left overs. This sounds heavenly good.

  2. Thanks for linking to my 4th of July party Sam. I gotta try those, I'm all about berries w/ lemon flavor...such a great combo. Pinning now. :)


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