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Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars

Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars

ONLY 135 CALORIES EACH - No need to bake an entire raspberry swirl cheesecake, enjoy perfectly portion controlled servings of this luscious dessert.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 24 cookie bars
Calories 135 kcal
Author Barry C. Parsons

Ingredients

For the Shortbread Bottom

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar

For the Raspberry Swirl Compote

  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 1 rounded tablespoon corn starch
  • 2-3 tbsp cold water

Vanilla Cheesecake

  • 8 oz cream cheese 1 cup
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 to 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
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Instructions

For the Shortbread Bottom

  1. Process the flour, butter and brown sugar together in a food processor until the mixture is crumbly, then press into the bottom of a parchment lined or lightly greased 9x9 inch pan.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 -25 minutes. The shortbread bottom should just be slightly golden brown at the edges. remove from oven.

For the Raspberry Swirl Compote

  1. Bring the raspberries, sugar and 4 tbsp water to a very gentle boil.
  2. Thicken by adding a slurry of 1 rounded tbsp of corn starch dissolved in 2-3 tbsp cold water. Add the slurry slowly, stirring gently but continuously with a rubber spatula.
  3. Boil only for an additional half minute or so, stirring constantly until the mixture completely thickens. Set aside to cool slightly.

For the Vanilla Cheesecake portion of the recipe

  1. Beat together the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract until smooth.
  2. Add the egg and beat in for about a minute or two until very smooth.
  3. Blend in the whipping cream until smooth.
  4. Pour the vanilla cheesecake batter over the baked crust.
  5. Drop tablespoonfuls of the raspberry compote, evenly spaced apart, onto the cheesecake batter. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, swirl the raspberry compote through the cheesecake batter. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 300 degrees f until the center sets.
  6. To ensure even baking you can place the baking pan into a larger baking pan and fill half way up with boiling water. This may slow down the cooking process and require a little extra baking time but the cheesecake will bake more evenly from the edges to the center.
  7. Cool completely before cutting into bars and serving. Store in the refrigerator or freeze until needed.
Nutrition Facts
Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 135 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 68mg3%
Potassium 37mg1%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 305IU6%
Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.