Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

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These Strawberry Cheesecake Bars will tantalize your taste buds! This drool-worthy recipe is made with a yummy combination of creamy cheesecake and fresh strawberries, creating a tasty treat that is also so easy to make. It’s one strawberry dessert you don’t want to miss out on! Get ready to indulge in pure deliciousness.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

If you love strawberry cheesecake, get ready to meet your new obsession: Strawberry Cheesecake Bars!

Made with a crunchy graham cracker crust, silky cream cheese filling, juicy strawberry sauce, and topped with an oatmeal crumble… I mean, what’s not to love?!

It’s not the first time I’ve experimented with cheesecake. My no-bake peppermint cheesecake bars are wonderful for the winter holiday season.

And, if you’re looking for something a bit more strawberry-centric, don’t miss my fresh strawberry pie and no churn strawberry shortcake ice cream recipes!

ingredients for strawberry cheesecake bars

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Graham Crackers – You’ll have to crush up the graham crackers to make your homemade crust.

    A food processor is easiest, but a rolling pin works too! Alternatively, you can buy them pre-crushed.
  • Butter – You need regular, unsalted butter for the oatmeal crumble, but I recommend using salted butter for the graham cracker crust for extra flavor!
  • Cream Cheese – It wouldn’t be a strawberry cheesecake bars recipe without a healthy helping of cream cheese!

    I use full-fat, but you can certainly swap in low or non-fat if you’d like to make this dessert a bit lighter.
  • Cornstarch – To thicken the strawberry layer. Flour will also work in a pinch.
  • Strawberries – Fresh is best for these strawberry shortcake cheesecake bars! That said, you could also use frozen if they aren’t in season. 

Just keep in mind that you may need to add extra cornstarch to thicken the filling due to the excess liquid. 

  • Old-Fashioned Oats – For the oatmeal crumble, of course! You can also use rolled oats or instant if you have them on hand.
graham cracker crust in baking pan

Tips to Make The Best Cheesecake Bars

  • Opt for fresh, ripe strawberries.

Remember, you can always use frozen strawberries if you have them on hand. But, I have to tell you… using fresh is your best bet! 

Keep an eye out for ones with a vibrant red color. They should be fragrant and plump. The quality of the fruit you use will definitely affect the overall flavor of your bars!

  • Let the bars chill.

It’s important to let your strawberry dessert cool and chill properly after baking.

Not only does it allow the flavors to meld together, but it also gives the cheesecake layer time to set.

After about 2 hours at room temperature, place them in the refrigerator.

Ideally you want to let the bars sit in the fridge for at least 4 hours — though overnight is better.

Your patience will be rewarded with a firm and velvety smooth texture!

  • Don’t skimp on the crumble topping.

The oatmeal crumble topping adds a delightful crunch and an extra dimension to the strawberry cheesecake bars. 

Be generous when you add it on top of the berry layer!

mixed cheesecake filling

Storing and Freezing Cheesecake Bars

Store your strawberry shortcake cheesecake bars in an airtight container in the fridge for the best results — they’ll keep for 3-4 days.

If you want to freeze the bars for later, make sure that they have cooled completely before slicing them into squares.

Wrap each one tightly in a layer of plastic wrap and aluminum foil, then store them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Let them thaw overnight in the fridge before enjoying!

cooking strawberries and lemon juice

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

baked strawberry cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake Bars FAQ

How do you cut cheesecake bars neatly?

The key is in waiting for the bars to chill and set completely! You’ll also want to make sure to remember to use a very sharp knife — and to clean it between each cut. 

Use a gentle sawing motion and lift each bar out carefully.

Can I freeze these bars with the strawberry filling on top?

Yes! No need to worry about waiting to add the strawberry layer before you freeze your strawberry cheesecake bars.

The texture may change slightly, but the flavor will stay the same!

How do you know when cheesecake bars are done? 

Check on your strawberry dessert after about 1 hour in the oven. If the crumble topping is golden brown and crispy, they’re ready! If it isn’t quite there yet, leave them in the oven for 5-10 more minutes.

Because the cheesecake layer is hidden under the berries and topping, you won’t be able to use the classic “jiggle” trick that works for most cheesecake recipes to see if they are done. Just a head’s up!

top view of strawberry cheesecake bar

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strawberry cheesecake bar with a dollop of whipped cream and a fresh strawberry

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Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

Donna Elick
Strawberry Cheesecake Bars feature all of the beauty of cheesecake in bar form! These cheesecake bars are perfectly sweet and irresistible.
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Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 9

Ingredients
 

Crust

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, melted

Cheesecake

  • 16 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Strawberry Filling

  • 3 cups chopped strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

Oatmeal Crumble

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and finely diced

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a 9×9-inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Combine graham cracker crumbs and sugar in a medium bowl and make a small well. Pour the melted butter in the well and mix until evenly combined.
  • Transfer the crust mixture to the prepared baking pan and gently press the mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 8 minutes.
  • While the crust is baking, beat together the cheesecake ingredients in a medium bowl until smooth and creamy and set aside.
  • Add the strawberries and lemon juice to a medium saucepan and cook over medium-high heat for 5 to 7 minutes until the strawberries are bursting and juice has started to form.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the brown sugar and cornstarch. Then stir it into the strawberry mixture and cook for an additional 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Once the mixture has thickened and resembles pie filling, remove from heat.
  • Make the oatmeal crumble by combining all of the ingredients in a large bowl and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to mix the ingredients together, squishing the cubes of butter and creating a coarse crumble.
  • Pour the cheesecake mixture over the baked crust and spread out evenly. Top the cheesecake mixture with the strawberry sauce. Top the strawberries with the crumble topping.
  • Bake the cheesecake bars for 50 to 70 minutes, until the top of the crumble is golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool in pan on a wire rack for 30 to 60 minutes. Transfer to the refrigerator to cool for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight, before slicing into squares.

Donna’s Notes

Lining your baking pan with parchment paper makes it really easy to remove the bars from the pan for slicing after they’ve chilled. If you don’t have parchment paper, you can spray the pan with cooking spray and serve them right from the baking dish.
After 2 hours at room temperature, the bars should be put back in the refrigerator.
Shelf Life: Enjoy chilled leftovers for 3 to 4 days after making!

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 646cal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 406mg | Sugar: 64g | Fiber: 3g | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 2mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published June 2023

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