Divine Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Bars
If you’re looking for a dessert that combines the zesty freshness of lemons with the sweet-tartness of raspberries, look no further than these Divine Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Bars. This recipe is a delightful fusion of tangy lemon flavor, the burst of juicy raspberries, and the creamy decadence of cheesecake. It’s a dessert that’s perfect for any occasion, whether you’re hosting a special dinner or simply craving a sweet treat.
- 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
- ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 ½ cups fresh raspberries
- 2 cups cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Zest of 2 lemons
- Juice of 1 lemon
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- Preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C) and line a 9×9-inch (23×23 cm) baking pan with parchment paper.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Press this mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan to form the crust.
- In a separate bowl, gently toss the fresh raspberries with 1 tablespoon of flour to coat them.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and granulated sugar until smooth and creamy.
- Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until well incorporated.
- Stir in the vanilla extract, lemon zest, and lemon juice.
- Gently fold in the flour-coated raspberries.
- Pour the cream cheese mixture over the crust in the pan, spreading it out evenly.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or until the edges are set, and the center is slightly jiggly.
- Remove from the oven and let it cool to room temperature. Then refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until completely chilled.
- Cut into bars, garnish with additional raspberries and lemon zest if desired, and serve.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 16 bars
These Divine Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Bars are a perfect balance of flavors and textures. The crunchy graham cracker crust, creamy cheesecake filling, and the burst of raspberries create a dessert that’s simply irresistible. The zesty lemon adds a refreshing twist, making each bite a delightful experience. Whether you’re serving these at a summer picnic or a holiday gathering, they’re sure to be a hit. Enjoy!
Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories: 260, Fat: 17g, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 4g, Fiber: 1g
If you’re craving a dessert that combines the bright flavors of lemon and the sweetness of raspberries, these Divine Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Bars are a must-try. The balance of tart and sweet, combined with the creamy texture of the cheesecake, will have your taste buds singing with joy. Whether you’re enjoying them with a cup of tea or as the grand finale to a special meal, these bars are sure to leave a lasting impression on your palate.