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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.

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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Posted by on April 18, 2011.

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Categories: desserts & sweets

29 Responses

  1. Pretty and tasty! Great treat!

    by Maria on Apr 18, 2011 at 9:32 am

  2. These look so incredible! Loving strawberries right now.

    by Jessica @ How Sweet on Apr 18, 2011 at 9:35 am

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

    by Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies on Apr 18, 2011 at 9:38 am

  4. So Pretty!! Love the colors!!

    by Jenny Flake on Apr 18, 2011 at 9:41 am

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

    by Cookbook Queen on Apr 18, 2011 at 9:41 am

  6. yummy!

    by Lori @ RecipeGirl on Apr 18, 2011 at 9:42 am

  7. 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!

    by Lauren | Have Fork Will Eat on Apr 18, 2011 at 10:23 am

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

    by Christina on Apr 18, 2011 at 10:40 am

  9. How gorgeous! And what a great use for homemade jam 🙂

    by DessertForTwo on Apr 18, 2011 at 11:41 am

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

    by carolinaheartstrings on Apr 18, 2011 at 2:33 pm

  11. 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 . . .

    by Jenna on Apr 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm

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

    by Katrina on Apr 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm

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

    by Kristen on Apr 18, 2011 at 4:34 pm

  14. 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!

    by Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles on Apr 18, 2011 at 5:11 pm

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

    by Cookin' Canuck on Apr 18, 2011 at 6:15 pm

  16. Yay cheesecake bars! These look perfect for spring!

    by Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker on Apr 18, 2011 at 7:22 pm

  17. These look fun and light! Graham cracker crust always grabs my attention 🙂

    by Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) on Apr 18, 2011 at 7:44 pm

  18. What gorgeous pictures! Looks great!

    by Maris (In Good Taste) on Apr 18, 2011 at 8:30 pm

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

    by Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen on Apr 18, 2011 at 9:52 pm

  20. 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! 🙂

    by MaryB on Apr 19, 2011 at 2:01 am

  21. UMM strawberry cheesecake, I love it! Pretty too!

    by Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen on Apr 19, 2011 at 6:09 am

  22. mm perfect use of leftover jams!! yum!

    by stephchows on Apr 19, 2011 at 8:59 am

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

    by Gina @ Skinnytaste on Apr 19, 2011 at 12:38 pm

  24. These look great! Perfect for a picnic!

    by Lucy @ The Sweet Touch on Apr 19, 2011 at 7:34 pm

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

    by naomi on Apr 19, 2011 at 11:12 pm

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

    by Lisa on Apr 20, 2011 at 3:09 am

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

    by Holly on Apr 20, 2011 at 8:42 am

  28. 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 🙂

    by Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on Apr 20, 2011 at 9:55 pm

  29. These look super good!

    by Stefani on Apr 24, 2011 at 4:44 am

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Hi there! I’m Tracy, and I live in upstate NY. My husband and I met in college and have been married since 2005. A Canning, baking, writing, photography, and even cleaning (yes, cleaning – it can be oddly relaxing), are all things that I enjoy. This blog brings all of those passions together – but […]more →