Red, White and Blue Cheesecake Bars

Red White and Blue Cheesecake Bars are the perfect patriotic dessert for July 4. Graham cracker crust and creamy cake are topped with sweet berries.

Cheesecake Bars are an easy way to get the classic Cheesecake taste, but with no water bath or hassle. Adding the berries on top gives this version a fun, celebratory look and adds sweet, tart flavors. It’s the perfect Dessert Recipe to take out at a July 4th BBQ!

Red White and Blue Cheesecake Bars on parchment

RED WHITE AND BLUE CHEESECAKE BARS

Seriously, who doesn’t love cheesecake? It’s sweet, creamy, and has a little bit of tang. Plus, the buttery crumb crust makes the perfect combination! As much as we might love cheesecakes they take some work to make. This recipe is a lot more accessible and easy to prep. Plus baking it in a big pan makes Red White and Blue Cheesecake Bars wonderfully shareable. 

Adding red and blue fresh berries is a great way to make any dessert look patriotic. For more red, white and blue desserts be sure to try our Flag Cake and Mixed Berry Trifle next. They’re the perfect sweet treats to share with your family and any guests this Independence Day!

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The berries add lots of refreshing and delicious flavor to the Cheesecake Bars. But, you can also add any of the normal cheesecake toppings you use. Whip up some heavy cream to make your own Cool Whip, or make a sweet Strawberry Topping to go along with the fresh strawberries. You can also serve it with a scoop of Ice Cream for the ultimate indulgent treat!

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TIPS FOR MAKING CREAMY CHEESECAKE BARS

  • Prep time: To start the Red White and Blue Cheesecake Bars, set the oven temperature to 325 degrees and prep your baking dish with cooking spray. Take the cream cheese out of the fridge so it has time to soften. 
  • Crust: To make the graham cracker crust, start by breaking the crackers into crumbs. You can either put the crackers in a Ziploc bag and break them apart with a rolling pin, or you can pulse them in a food processor. Mix the crumbs with sugar and melted butter in a mixing bowl, then press the mixture into your baking dish.

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  • Cream cheese mixture: Add the softened cream cheese and sugar to the stand mixer. Set the mixer to high speed until the cream cheese is light and fluffy. Once it’s fluffy, turn down the speed and add eggs, sour cream, and vanilla. 
  • Assemble: Spread the cheesecake layer over the crust. then sprinkle on 1 cup fresh blueberries and sliced strawberries. 
  • Baking time: Bake the Cheesecake Bars until they’re firm for 50-55 minutes. Then let the bars cool completely before serving. 

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VARIATIONS ON RED WHITE AND BLUE CHEESECAKE BARS

  • Flavor additions: There are some flavorful ingredients you can try adding to the cheesecake mixture. For tangy lemon zest mix in a little fresh lemon juice. For warmer flavors try a few drops of almond extract or vanilla extract. 
  • Food coloring: For even more red, white and blue theme, try mixing in some gel food coloring. You can add a couple drops of blue gel food coloring and red gel food coloring on opposite sides of the cheesecake before baking. Use an offset spatula or butter knife to make a beautiful swirl pattern on top with the colors. 
  • Raspberries: Along with the blueberries and strawberries try adding some raspberries to the mixture. You can use fresh raspberries or frozen raspberries in the berry mixture. 

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HOW TO STORE RED WHITE AND BLUE CHEESECAKE BARS

  • Serve: Don’t leave Red White and Blue Cheesecake Bars at room temperature for more than 2 hours. 
  • Store: You can cover the cheese cake bars in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, or put them in an airtight container to store in the fridge for 1 week. 
  • Freeze: To freeze the bars cut them into squares, then layer them in a Ziploc bag separated by parchment paper. They’ll stay good for 3 months. Thaw them in the fridge overnight before serving. 

Red White and Blue Cheesecake Bars on parchment

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Red White and Blue Cheesecake Bars

Red White and Blue Cheesecake Bars are the perfect patriotic dessert for July 4. Graham cracker crust and creamy cake are topped with sweet berries.
Yield 16 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 3 cups graham cracker crumbs , (24 full crackers)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted

Cheesecake Filling

  • 24 ounces cream cheese , softened (3 blocks)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup blueberries , fresh
  • 1 cup strawberries , hulled and sliced

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray a 9x13 baking dish with baking spray.
  • Mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter together then press it into the baking dish in an even layer.
  • To your stand mixer add the cream cheese and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy.
  • Lower the speed to medium and add in the eggs, sour cream and vanilla until smooth.
  • Carefully spread mixture on the crust.
  • Sprinkle blueberries over the mixture evenly.
  • Place strawberry slices over the mixture evenly.
  • Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until set and firm.
  • Chill completely before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 322mg | Potassium: 176mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 583IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: Red White and Blue Cheesecake Bars

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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