Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars

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Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars
Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars
Here's another very simple recipe to add to our growing collection of cookies, squares and bars. Creamy cheesecake sits atop a cookie base and the bright red cherries add flavor and a festive look to these delicious little squares. The cheesecake portion is quite dense and holds up well to freezing.

Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars

Recipe by Barry C. Parsons
Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars - a very festive and easy cheesecake cookie bar recipe.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Total time: About 1 hour
Yield: 24 cookie bars
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar 
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup glace cherries, cut in quarters
  1. In a food processor pulse together the flour, brown sugar and butter until crumbly (or simply cut the butter through the flour and sugar with a pastry knife or two butter knives held between your fingers)
  2. Save a 1/2 cup of this crumble mixture to sprinkle over the top later.
  3. Press the rest of the crumble mixture into the bottom of a greased or parchment lined 9x9 inch square baking pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes while preparing the cheesecake filling.
  5. Beat together the cream cheese, white sugar, lemon juice and vanilla extract until smooth.
  6. Beat in the egg.
  7. Fold in the chopped cherries.
  8. Spread the cheesecake mixture evenly onto the pre-baked cookie base and sprinkle the reserved cookie crumble over the surface.
  9. Bake at 325 degrees F for 20 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan before cutting and serving.
  10. Refrigerate in airtight containers. Freezes well too. 
Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars
Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars

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November 16, 2011 at 8:04 PM

can you substitute the cherries for something else? say, Blueberries?

November 17, 2011 at 6:37 AM

I'd give it a try for sure.

October 3, 2012 at 2:21 PM

I buy the big bottles of marachino cheeries from Costco so need lots of recipes using cheries. Can you use these here?

October 3, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Absolutely! Maraschino cherries would work just as well.

October 3, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Since I don't care for candied or maraschino cherries, can you used canned cherries that have been drained?

October 8, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Also wondering if you can use fresh cherries?

October 8, 2012 at 8:17 AM

I'd five it a whirl with fresh or canned cherries but I'd make sure I cut them relatively small and patted them dry in paper towels first.

October 8, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Oops! "give" it a whirl.

May 14, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Our family do not like cherries.Can you sub strawberries? Thank you. The recipe sound yummy.

May 14, 2013 at 2:45 PM

No, fresh strawberries would be too wet. I have seen glace strawberries that would make a good substitution or any dried or glace fruit of your choice for that matter.

May 19, 2013 at 12:00 AM

What are glace cherries and where do you find them in the grocery store?

May 19, 2013 at 6:58 AM

Glace cherries are candied cherries. I find them in the baking aisle. Well drained maraschino cherries make a good substitute.

June 1, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Could you use fresh or frozen cherries?

June 2, 2013 at 6:47 PM

You can try but they may be too wet. Maraschinos maybe?

December 3, 2013 at 6:36 PM

can u use cheery pie filling or some other pie filling

December 3, 2013 at 6:39 PM

No. Better to use maraschino or even fresh or dried cherries.

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