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Cheesecake Bars with Fresh Berries

How to make creamy cheesecake bars with a buttery graham cracker crust and fresh berries. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Cheesecake bars
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 24

Ingredients

Graham Cracker Crust:

  • 2 1/2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 6-8 Tablespoons Butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 large Egg White

Cheesecake:

  • (4) 8-ounce packages Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Cake Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 large Egg Yolk
  • 3/4 cup Sour Cream
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

Toppings:

  • 16 ounces Driscoll's Strawberries (sliced)
  • 12 ounces Driscoll's Raspberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and brown sugar. Add the melted butter and stir well with a fork. Add egg white and mix well. *This can also be done in a food processor. 

  3. Prepare a 9 x 13 pan.  Press graham cracker crust mixture into bottom of the pan. Bake for 7-8 minutes. Set aside to cool.

  4. REDUCE heat to 275 degrees.

  5. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl.  Add sugar, cake flour, and salt.  Beat for 2 minutes or until mixture is creamy. 

  6. Add eggs and egg yolks and beat for 2 minutes. Stir in sour cream and vanilla and beat for 1 minute. 

  7. Spread the cheesecake batter on top of the slightly cooled graham cracker crust. Bake at 275 degrees for 30-35 minutes, until firm to the touch in the center. Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 1 hour.

  8. Using a spatula or sharp knife, run along the sides of the pan to loosen the cheesecake from the sides. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.

  9. Before cutting, place in freezer to make it easy to cut into squares. Cover and freeze for 1-2 hours. Slice the cheesecake into 2-inch squares. Tip: keep a glass full of hot water handy to dip the knife in to slice evenly. 

  10. Top with fresh Driscoll's berries -- strawberries, raspberries, blueberries.