Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars

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Lately, I’ve been really in the mood for light, fruity desserts. With fresh fruit still not in season around here though, I’ve been turning to my pantry of jams, jellies, and marmalades that I canned last year. So when I came across this recipe from Gina of skinnytaste.com, I couldn’t wait to give it a try! I used my homemade jam rather than a sugar-free version, but the results were just what I was looking for. And, I love how easy it is to sub pretty much anything in for the strawberry jam – raspberry, blackberry, peach – anything you’re in the mood for will work equally well. Also, it was the perfect dessert to share with a friend of mine who is doing Weight Watchers. I encourage you to add this easy-to-make and light dessert to your dessert rotation this spring/summer. I certainly wasn’t disappointed!

Recipe adapted from here.

  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 8 oz package reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 oz fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup strawberry jam

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8″ baking dish with cooking spray. In a small bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs and butter until moistened. Press evenly into the bottom of the dish.

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With an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Add in the yogurt, egg whites, lemon juice, and flour. Pour over the crust.

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Stir the jam until smooth and drop by spoonfuls over the surface of the filling.

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Using a knife, swirl the jam to create a marble effect.

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Bake 25-30 minutes or until the center is almost set. Cool to room temperature and then chill for a few hours in the refrigerator.

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29 Responses to “Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars”

  1. 1 Maria Says:
    April 18th, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Pretty and tasty! Great treat!

  2. 2 Jessica @ How Sweet Says:
    April 18th, 2011 at 9:35 am

    These look so incredible! Loving strawberries right now.

  3. 3 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies Says:
    April 18th, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Ooooh. I wonder how this would be with my Lemon Chobani and Raspberry preserves. They look so tasty, Tracy!

  4. 4 Jenny Flake Says:
    April 18th, 2011 at 9:41 am

    So Pretty!! Love the colors!!

  5. 5 Cookbook Queen Says:
    April 18th, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Two of my all time favorite things!! Looks amazing!! (you saved some for me, right?)

  6. 6 Lori @ RecipeGirl Says:
    April 18th, 2011 at 9:42 am

    yummy!

  7. 7 Lauren | Have Fork Will Eat Says:
    April 18th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    These look delightfully spring-y. And since I’m in Michigan, where it’s 33 degrees and snowing right now, I could really use some spring!

  8. 8 Christina Says:
    April 18th, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I LOVE cheesecake, in pie form or as bars! These are so pretty! Can’t wait until fresh fruit is in season.

  9. 9 DessertForTwo Says:
    April 18th, 2011 at 11:41 am

    How gorgeous! And what a great use for homemade jam :)

  10. 10 carolinaheartstrings Says:
    April 18th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    What a wonderful looking dessert. Great picture. I cannot wait to try this out.

  11. 11 Jenna Says:
    April 18th, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    The swirly effect is really pretty!! I’ve been craving berries lately, and I’m remembering with great fondness the lazy hot days of last summer when I was whipping up smoothies almost every evening. Soon . . .

  12. 12 Katrina Says:
    April 18th, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    These sound amazing! I love cheesecake in bar form. It warms my heart.

  13. 13 Kristen Says:
    April 18th, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Oh my goodness girl, those look fantastic! Seriously delicious. Bookmarking to try soon!

  14. 14 Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles Says:
    April 18th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I haven’t made cheesecake dessert in bar form, but have seen so many great looking recipes lately that make me want to try it. This looks like a great one – thanks!

  15. 15 Cookin' Canuck Says:
    April 18th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Tracy, these are so darn pretty. I like the use of Greek yogurt in these bars.

  16. 16 Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker Says:
    April 18th, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Yay cheesecake bars! These look perfect for spring!

  17. 17 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) Says:
    April 18th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    These look fun and light! Graham cracker crust always grabs my attention :)

  18. 18 Maris (In Good Taste) Says:
    April 18th, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    What gorgeous pictures! Looks great!

  19. 19 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen Says:
    April 18th, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    I have a few jars of homemade jam that are just perfect to make these bars!

  20. 20 MaryB Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 2:01 am

    I saw this recipe and could not resist, I had to make them. So I did. They were DELICIOUS! I will defiantly make them again! :)

  21. 21 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 6:09 am

    UMM strawberry cheesecake, I love it! Pretty too!

  22. 22 stephchows Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    mm perfect use of leftover jams!! yum!

  23. 23 Gina @ Skinnytaste Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    You’re photos made me want to make this all over again!

  24. 24 Lucy @ The Sweet Touch Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    These look great! Perfect for a picnic!

  25. 25 naomi Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    love how pretty these are and how easy they are too!

  26. 26 Lisa Says:
    April 20th, 2011 at 3:09 am

    Mmm, so luscious looking and reduced fat to boot. I’m on board for this one.

  27. 27 Holly Says:
    April 20th, 2011 at 8:42 am

    These look awesome and I’m always looking for light, fruity desserts.

  28. 28 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction Says:
    April 20th, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    These look amazing! It’s been a crazy week, and I’m looking forward to doing some baking over the weekend. I’m thinking these will be a perfect Easter treat :)

  29. 29 Stefani Says:
    April 24th, 2011 at 4:44 am

    These look super good!

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