Berry Cheesecake Bars {Hearts}

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I love cheesecake.  When I say love, I mean LOVE

Tastes heavenly?  Check!  Loaded with calories?  Check!  Do I still eat it?  Check!  There is an easy and healthy way to get your cheesecake fix in but not load up on all the unnecessary calories.

Did you see my Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars?  They were a huge hit at home and with my readers.  Conveniently, they were bite-size to satisfy your sugar fix and skimp on added calories.  That's my type of dessert!


I made these berry cheesecake bars/hearts special for V-day by adding raspberry puree to the filling.  It turned them a lovely shade of light pink, colorfully festive!  

You can dress them up by cutting them into bite-size hearts, perfect for Valentines Day!  I'm sure you or your Valentine would love these delicious homemade sweethearts! 

Aren't they cute??



Blackberry Cheesecake Bars
Recipe adapted by Epicurean Mom
Yields 9-12 bars

For Raspberry Puree:
9 ounces fresh raspberries, rinsed
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon juiced lemon

Add all ingredients to a small saucepan over medium heat.  Cook down, stirring occasionally, until syrupy, about 10 minutes.  Let cool slightly and pour mixture through a sieve.  Set aside. 

For Graham Cracker Base:
11 graham cracker sheets
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
5 tablespoons butter, melted plus more for greasing

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Grease a 9 x 9 baking pan with butter.  Lay parchment paper over the top of the pan, leaving a slight overhang, repeat with other side.

*Leave oven on for cheesecake bars* 

Crumble graham crackers in a bowl of a food processor, pulse until mealy.  Add the remaining ingredients, pulse until well combined.  Pour the graham cracker mixture into the lined baking dish.  Evenly and firmly pat down with the bottom of a glass.  Bake for 12-15 minutes, until just set.  Set aside.

For Filling:
16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs 
raspberry puree
1 cup fresh blackberries, rinsed 



Combine all ingredients in the bowl of food processor, process until well combined.  Consistency should be very smooth.  Pour into prepared graham cracker crust.  Place blackberries onto filling and poke down until partially exposed or completely covered (I covered mine.)

Bake in already preheated oven for 35-45 minutes, until set and middle jiggles just slightly.  Let cool for at least an hour then cool in fridge for 3 hours.  Using the parchment overhang, carefully remove cheesecake from pan and cut into bars or cut into cute shapes.

36 comments:

  1. Those look not only extremely delicious but absolutely adorable!! Love it!

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  2. Hi Katie! I'm a new follower of your blog (thanks for visiting my site). You have a beautiful blog and I just spent some time browsing and admiring your work. So happy that I found you! Me too, I love cheesecake. Now this is with berry...so delicious!

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  3. These are too cute! Look absolutely delicious as well. When does my delivery arrive? ;)

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  4. These are stunning! What a delicious treat to enjoy with your Valentine! Worth the calories for sure! :)

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  5. I'm also a huge cheesecake fan. It's one of my absolute favorite desserts. Add berries to it and I'm definitely hooked. They look delicious.

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  6. These look absolutely delicious! I love that they are individual bars so I won't feel too guilty about eating them....as long as I only have 1 at a time!! Beautiful pics as well : )

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  7. SO lovely, as always, Katie. I love cheesecake too, as does my husband. It's always a win-win for us. This recipe is perfect for valentine's day!

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  8. So pretty! I'm a huge fan of cheesecake. I really can't help myself :D I love the berries in yours and I really love that you cut them into individual little bite sized pieces!

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  9. I am all about cheesecakes -- this looks divine and drool-worthy :D

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  10. They are so cute! If only my husband liked cheesecake. A person who doesn't like cheesecake--I know...

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  11. These look fabulous! If I hadn't give up on making cheesecake in all forms, I would have given this a go but my cheesecakes never really come out nice (aesthetically) so I'm done with them. I'll just admire wonderful works of arts like these! Yours look so delicious and addictive!

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  12. These are gorgeous! I love the combo of raspberry and blackberry, too. I can't wait to make them!

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  13. THese are so beautiful! They look like flowers in the cheesecake!

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  14. Hi, at what temp. do we bake these for?
    I'm so excited to bring these to my single girl's V-day bash!

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  15. Thanks everyone!! :)

    @Perfect memories- Thanks!! I hope you enjoy them! :) My directions were a little confusing, I updated them! It's 325 degrees.

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  16. They look beautiful! Love your blog :) Glad to be a new follower!

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  17. Yum, loved you page. Wish I could get a bite of that right now!!

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  18. We share this love. Ah I wish I could be your valentine and you sound just ship these to me so I wouldn't have to take the time to make them =)

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  19. Adorable - - and the colour added by the berries is gorgeous :) Cheesecake is a favourite of mine too, so these are perfect

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  20. Oh I absolutely adore these, how gorgeous! Perfect for Valentine's Day coming up, thanks for sharing!! :)

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  21. just received my new layla grayce pedestal in the mail a week ago. i adore it!! i already have a huge wish list of other items i need/want!! thanks again!! i posted about the giveaway and linked back here on my little blog: http://allyouneedisloveandakitchen.blogspot.com/2012/01/orange-kissed-cheesecake-pound-cake.html

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  22. How gorgeous are these? I love the heart shaped one!!! Perfect for Valentine's day!

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  23. They look amazing, I love the first pic! wish I could grab one off the screen:)

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  24. I could not remember if I left a comment on these or not. They are so gorgeous. Just like the lady who made them. xx

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  25. These are just gorgeous! Love the heat shapes too, and I am always up for cheesecake :)

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  26. these look delicious and are SO cute with the heart cut out!! love it!

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  27. Those looks amazing! I am a sucker for cheesecakes, bars and berries.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  28. Found this on Pinterest and just made it for Valentine's day. LOVED IT! My boyfriend loves cheesecake, but doesn't like anything too sweet. This was perfect!! Thanks for the amazing recipe!

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  29. These are delicious, I baked these yesterday and also posted these in my blog. I am sure to use this recipe again, thanks!

    Campa

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  30. These look scrumlicious!!! _ I can't wait to make these. _ I recently received a food processor as a retirement gift from my Honey. (Since, he accidentally broke my old one.) _ Looking forward to cooking & baking again as he is...lol :)

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  31. Love this--I can't wait to try some of your other recipes!

    --Meredith
    http://prettypinkcity.blogspot.com/2013/02/sweet-tooth-february.html

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  32. bravo bravo man pour toutes vos recettes et des photos génial

    thierry

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  33. I'm going to make these for my nephews wedding shower!! Their colors have splashes of hot pink & these will be perfect!!! Thank you for sharing :)

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  34. I didn't like this recipe. The raspberries did not make a liquid so there was no way at all to put it through a sieve. Seriously, it made a paste -_-
    I didn't like it but it is gorgeous! I loved the pictures and how amazing it looked, cheers mate :D

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