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Blackberry-Lemon Cheesecake Bars

by Milisa on January 7, 2012

Blackberry-Lemon Cheesecake Squares

Cheesecake is my all time favorite dessert, but I think you probably guessed that already.  The problem with cheesecake is that I want to eat the whole thing by myself and it’s so rich that usually my kids don’t eat all that much of it.  So, I love these cheesecake squares because you get all of the cheesecake goodness, scaled down to something that disappears quickly.

I had picked up a big pack of blackberries and they were perfect with the lemony cheesecake and shortbread crust, of course raspberries would be delicious too.  Another bonus is you don’t have to have a springform pan for these.

We have a had a nice warm reprieve from the cold this week and I have so enjoyed it.  It was 60 degrees!  Unheard of for January in Wyoming.  So I’m going to cut this short and get out and enjoy it while it lasts!  Y’all have a great weekend and if you are looking for something sweet this is just the ticket!

Blackberry-Lemon Cheesecake Squares


for crust:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

for filling:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups blackberries, more for garnish if desired

Cooking Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a medium size bowl, combine flour, sugar and butter with a fork or pastry cutter until crumbly.  Press into an 8 inch square pan.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Set aside to cool.

In a large mixer bowl, beat softened cream cheese until smooth.  Add eggs one at a time, mixing until incorporated.  Add sugar, vanilla, lemon juice and zest, beat about 2 minutes.  Mix in sour cream.  Fold in 2 cups blackberries.

Pour over crust and bake 40-45 minutes or until center is set.

Cool for 30 minutes and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.  Cut into squares and garnish with blackberries if desired.



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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Erin January 7, 2012 at 2:33 am

I have seen two other great blackberry recipes today that I want to try, but this one is a must!


Lori @ RecipeGirl January 7, 2012 at 2:35 am

It’s my all-time favorite dessert too! Love it every which way. This way looks great!


Cassie January 7, 2012 at 3:15 am

Cheesecake is my husband’s favorite too, and I love this combination. I’ll take a lemon-flavored dessert any day!


Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} January 7, 2012 at 4:09 am

Oh. Cheesecake. How do I love thee. Let me count the ways. A smaller portion is a great idea, especially around me.


Kristina January 7, 2012 at 4:14 am

blackberry and lemon are SO good together, and you just can’t do better than cheesecake with me. this looks perfect!


Curt January 7, 2012 at 5:10 am

Great choice with blackberries. What a great combination with lemon and cheesecake.

We’re having a nice warm spell here in Wisconsin too. Italmost hit 50 degrees here today.


marla January 7, 2012 at 9:51 pm

These bars look amazing! Love the colors in them too :)


Sandra's Easy Cooking January 8, 2012 at 3:29 am

wow, those look absolutely amazing!!! Very beautiful and tasty too! Love the photo!!!


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen January 8, 2012 at 6:17 am

Yeah having a whole cheesecake around is hard to resist, bite sized bars make a lot of sense and who can resist when they have blackberries in them!


sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more January 8, 2012 at 6:30 am

I have never baked with blackberries this looks worth a try !


Lana @ Never Enough Thyme January 8, 2012 at 7:29 am

What a perfect combination of flavors! This one’s on my to-try list.


bakingaddict January 8, 2012 at 7:29 am

I love cheesecake too and this looks amazing!!


Linda January 8, 2012 at 8:21 am

These are beautiful! Love the color combination and flavor!


Barbara | Creative Culinary January 8, 2012 at 8:35 am

Simply gorgeous.


Lisa January 8, 2012 at 8:36 am

Mmmm, visiting from citrus bloghop! I agree great choice with pairing blackberries, lemon and cheese cake!


DessertForTwo January 8, 2012 at 8:45 am

Such a pretty purply photo! :)


Suzanne January 8, 2012 at 9:09 am

Wonderful dessert love the lemon with blackberries, and cheesecake is quite wonderful :)


Baker Street January 8, 2012 at 9:59 am

Now that’s my kinda treat! Love cheesecake and LOVE anything berry. This would make for a lovely addition to our citrus bloghop. Come and share your recipe with us: http://ow.ly/8lHRi


Laura @ The Art of Cooking Real Food January 8, 2012 at 10:38 am

I love blackberries – oh my goodness, how I love them! And I love cheesecake, too. Fantastic recipe!


Elizabeth @Mango_Queen January 8, 2012 at 12:32 pm

What yummy blackberry lemon bars! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Glad to do citrus-love with you!


Sylvia@ peaches and donuts January 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm

I love the tart blackberries cut through the creaminess of the cheesecake! yummy!


foodwanderings January 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm

I love the way you had the fruit indebted in the cheesecate very dainty and pretty. Also love the color palette of the entire composition of this photo. Very appealing.


Jessica | Oh Cake January 9, 2012 at 12:56 am

Very pretty! These would not last long in my house! Good to have you on the #citruslove bloghop!


Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch January 9, 2012 at 8:01 am

This looks amazing!!! The combination of lemon and blackberry is a definite favorite here, too.


Cathy @ Savory Notes January 9, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I’m asking for this to be made for my birthday this year (if I can wait that long!)


Elise Johnson January 9, 2012 at 7:30 pm

With several pints of berries in the refrigerator, I just found another way to utilize them. Happy family coming up! Thanks!


Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust January 9, 2012 at 9:56 pm

I know what you mean – I’m constantly finishing all the treats my family won’t eat! These cheesecake squares look so good and are beautiful too!


Soni January 9, 2012 at 10:18 pm

What a lovely idea!I’m in the same boat as you.My kids do not eat rich desserts and these look like the perfect little treats to enjoy!I’m going to try this soon :)


Marly January 10, 2012 at 12:53 am

I love the photograph! Lemon and blackberry. Yummm!


Amy January 10, 2012 at 1:51 am

I’ve been craving berries for some reason right now, so this sounds perfectly perfect for this cold winter month. ;)


Tabitha (a.k.a. Penny) January 10, 2012 at 1:53 am

I pinned this to my “Say Cheesecake” board. It’s undeniable… These are so pretty! Please consider bringing this recipe to Foodie Friday. My co-host and I love to promote recipes like this.


Terra January 10, 2012 at 4:01 am

I just finally made my first cheesecake, and now I am in love! What a fun sweet treat to make:-) Your cheesecake looks amazing with the whole blackberries, just gorgeous! Hugs, Terra


Tracy January 10, 2012 at 9:54 pm

These bars looks gorgeous! I love making these kind of cheesecakes. I can’t wait to try this one!


Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen January 11, 2012 at 11:59 am

Mmmm…I wish I had one of these little bars right now! Great combination of flavors! :)


Louise January 12, 2012 at 10:26 am

I just picked up some berries at the grocery…lucky me!


Kim in MD January 12, 2012 at 7:50 pm

60 degrees in January in Wyoming? Crazy! Our weather has been all over the map here in Maryland this winter, too. Snow in October, 50′ s and 60′s in December, snow two days ago and almost 60 today…crazy I tell you! Anyway, this cheesecake looks to die for, and I love that gorgeous plate!


Molly February 7, 2012 at 9:26 am

What a cute treat! Thanks for the idea…and the Sugar Rush!


Louise February 11, 2012 at 6:27 am

I found your blog following the trail from this sweet collection!< It’s perfect for a Valentine Tea! Thanks for sharing…I’m enjoying my look around your blog!


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