Easy Raspberry Cheesecake Bars With A Graham Cracker Crust

Last Updated on October 21, 2022 by Zara R.

These decadent raspberry cheesecake bars with a graham cracker crust are packed with fun refreshing flavors and a crisp and creamy texture.

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What You Will Need To Make Raspberry Cheesecake Bars With A Graham Cracker Crust

Ingredients for the crust

  • 1 1/2 cups Graham cracker crust
  • 1/4 cup salted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar

Ingredients for the raspberry sauce

  • 2 cups fresh raspberries, cleaned
  • 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of water

Should you beat eggs before adding to cheesecake

Ingredients for the filling

  • 32 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 2/3 cups fine caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature

Equipment

  • 8-inch square baking pan
  • Non-stick baking paper
  • Non-stick cooking spray (or additional melted butter)
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Food processor, optional
  • Cooling rack
  • Medium saucepan
  • Sieve, optional
  • Mixing bowls
  • Electric or hand mixer
  • Rubber or silicone spatula
  • Plastic or saran wrap

Step by step instructions

Step 1: Make the cheesecake bar crust

First, preheat your oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Then, line your baking dish with non-stick baking paper. Make sure the baking paper extends over two of the sides so you can pull out the slab. You can also line the sides or spray it with cooking spray for an extra non-stick coating.

Then, combine all of the crust ingredients in a food processor. Blitz the ingredients until you have a uniform crumb mixture.

Next, press the crumbs into your lined baking pan. Use the back of a flat measuring cup to ensure the crust is level and tightly packed.

Then, prebake it for roughly 10 minutes or until it starts browning. Once baked, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool at room temperature.

Step 2: Make the raspberry sauce

While your crust is baking and cooling, make the raspberry sauce. Combine all of the ingredients inside a medium saucepan. Place it over medium heat and cook it until the berries start to soften. This will take about 5-10 minutes.

Then, mash the berries into the consistency you like. You can even pass it through a sieve and strain it for a completely smooth sauce. The final texture depends entirely on your preference.

Allow the sauce to cool completely before using it.

Step 3: Make the vanilla cheesecake filling

To start the filling, cream the softened cream cheese and caster sugar together in a large mixing bowl. Beat it until it becomes fluffy and the sugar starts to dissolve. Then, mix in the lemon juice, vanilla extract, and fine salt.

Once your ingredients are well combined, you can add one egg at a time. Make sure that the previous egg is fully incorporated before adding the next one.

Step 4: Assemble your raspberry cheesecake bars with a Graham cracker crust

Gently pour the cheesecake filling over the partially baked cheesecake bar crust. Smooth it out at the top to ensure it is even in thickness.

Next, add dollops of raspberry sauce throughout the surface of the cheesecake filling. Use a toothpick, skewer, or knife to create pink swirls throughout the surface. This will create a beautiful marbled look.

Step 4: Bake your berry cheesecake bars

Next, bake these cheesecake bars for about 35 minutes or until they are done. You can use regular cheesecake testing methods to determine when you should remove it.

Once fully baked, you can use our in-depth cooling instructions which will help prevent any cracks in your cheesecake filling. Once cooled, wrap the entire tray with plastic or saran wrap and allow it to be fully set in the fridge. This can take up to 6 hours.

Step 5: Slice your cheesecake bars

Once your raspberry cheesecake bars with a Graha, cracker crust has been fully set, you can remove them from the pan.

Then, place it on a chopping board and use a serrated knife to slice through it. Store these in an airtight container in the fridge.

Expert Tips And Tricks 

  • Don’t worry if you don’t have a food processor. You don’t need it to make these raspberry cheesecake bars with a Graham cracker crust. You can still make it using the tools you have at home. Check out this video on how you can do so.

  • If you use frozen raspberries, don’t add more water to the mixture until after they soften. you don’t necessarily want the consistency of the sauce to be too watery.
  • To remove the cheesecake bar sheet from the pan, first, separate the sides and cheesecake from each other. Then, carefully lift out the cheesecake by pulling on the baking paper sides.
  • If you want perfect bars, always heat the blade of your knife slightly before cutting. We also use a serrated knife so it will cut through the crust better. But, a chef’s knife will do the trick as well.

Preparations Times And Servings

Preparation Times Baking Times Servings
25 minutes 45 minutes 12-16 bars

In Conclusion 

Let us know how your raspberry cheesecake bars with a graham cracker crust came out. We are sure that you are going to love them as much as we do!

FAQs

How do you tell if cheesecake bars are done?

You can use the same tests for checking the doneness of cheesecake bars as a regular cheesecake. If the bars still jiggle, they should be baked for longer. Their internal temperature (at the thickest part and in the center) should also be 145ºF (62.7ºC). And finally, if the cheesecake starts pulling away from the sides of the pan, it also indicates it is close to being done.

Should you beat eggs before adding to cheesecake?

Some people do like to beat their eggs before adding them to the cheesecake batter. It does technically incorporate a little bit quicker. However, you still have to add the beaten egg mixture in a couple of additions to ensure it mixes in well. So, we don't use this specific technique for adding eggs because it just feels like extra work for minimal benefit.

Do you chill cheesecake covered or uncovered?

If you chill any cheesecake or cheesecake product in the fridge, you have to cover it with plastic or saran wrap. Otherwise, it could cause the cheesecake to dry out. This creates a stale texture and bland flavor. So don't skip this step!

What temp do you bake cheesecake bars?

Our cheesecake bars are baked at 360ºF (180ºC). This is the temperature that our recipe does best at. But, not all cheesecake bar recipes will be the same. So, always read your instructions well.

Easy Raspberry Cheesecake Bars With A Graham Cracker Crust

Easy Raspberry Cheesecake Bars With A Graham Cracker Crust

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These decadent raspberry cheesecake bars with a graham cracker crust are packed with fun refreshing flavors and a crisp and creamy texture.
Prep Time 25 mins
Baking Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 bars

Equipment

  • 8-inch square baking pan
  • Non-stick baking paper
  • Non-stick cooking spray (or additional melted butter)
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Food processor, optional
  • Cooling rack
  • Medium saucepan
  • Sieve, optional
  • Mixing bowls
  • Electric or hand mixer
  • Rubber or silicone spatula
  • Plastic or saran wrap

Ingredients
  

Ingredients for the crust

  • 1 1/2 cups Graham cracker crust
  • 1/4 cup salted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar

Ingredients for the raspberry sauce

  • 2 cups fresh raspberries, cleaned
  • 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of water

Ingredients for the filling

  • 32 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 2/3 cups fine caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature

Instructions
 

  • Make the cheesecake bar crust
    First, preheat your oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Then, line your baking dish with non-stick baking paper. Make sure the baking paper extends over two of the sides so you can pull out the slab. You can also line the sides or spray it with cooking spray for an extra non-stick coating.
    Then, combine all of the crust ingredients in a food processor. Blitz the ingredients until you have a uniform crumb mixture.
    Next, press the crumbs into your lined baking pan. Use the back of a flat measuring cup to ensure the crust is level and tightly packed.
    Then, prebake it for roughly 10 minutes or until it starts browning. Once baked, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool at room temperature.
    1 1/2 cups Graham cracker crust, 1/4 cup salted butter, melted, 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • Make the raspberry sauce
    While your crust is baking and cooling, make the raspberry sauce. Combine all of the ingredients inside a medium saucepan. Place it over medium heat and cook it until the berries start to soften. This will take about 5-10 minutes.
    Then, mash the berries into the consistency you like. You can even pass it through a sieve and strain it for a completely smooth sauce. The final texture depends entirely on your preference.
    Allow the sauce to cool completely before using it.
    2 cups fresh raspberries, cleaned, 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar, 2 tablespoons of water
  • Make the vanilla cheesecake filling
    To start the filling, cream the softened cream cheese and caster sugar together in a large mixing bowl. Beat it until it becomes fluffy and the sugar starts to dissolve. Then, mix in the lemon juice, vanilla extract, and fine salt.
    Once your ingredients are well combined, you can add one egg at a time. Make sure that the previous egg is fully incorporated before adding the next one.
    32 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temperature, 2/3 cups fine caster sugar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon fine salt, 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • Assemble your raspberry cheesecake bars with a Graham cracker crust
    Gently pour the cheesecake filling over the partially baked cheesecake bar crust. Smooth it out at the top to ensure it is even in thickness.
    Next, add dollops of raspberry sauce throughout the surface of the cheesecake filling. Use a toothpick, skewer, or knife to create pink swirls throughout the surface. This will create a beautiful marbled look.
  • Bake your berry cheesecake bars
    Next, bake these cheesecake bars for about 35 minutes or until they are done. You can use regular cheesecake testing methods to determine when you should remove it.
    Once fully baked, you can use our in-depth cooling instructions which will help prevent any cracks in your cheesecake filling. Once cooled, wrap the entire tray with plastic or saran wrap and allow it to be fully set in the fridge. This can take up to 6 hours.
  • Slice your cheesecake bars
    Once your raspberry cheesecake bars with a Graha, cracker crust has been fully set, you can remove them from the pan.
    Then, place it on a chopping board and use a serrated knife to slice through it. Store these in an airtight container in the fridge.

Notes

If you use frozen raspberries, don't add more water to the mixture until after they soften. you don't necessarily want the consistency of the sauce to be too watery.
If you want perfect bars, always heat the blade of your knife slightly before cutting. We also use a serrated knife so it will cut through the crust better. But, a chef's knife will do the trick as well.
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