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May 26, 2010 / Sarah

National Blueberry Cheesecake Day

These are absolutely addicting.  You want to eat the whole pan, but luckily they are too rich to do so.  I have never had blueberry cheesecake before, but whoever thought up this combination was on to something – they work so well together!  My bars ended up being kind of a blueberry-cheesecake swirl (we’ll not talk about the mistake I made that lead to this decorative decision) but with only 3/4 cup of preserves, the swirl is not very prominent.  So, if you are going to do the swirl as a choice, not a last-minute decision, then I would increase the amount of preserves that you use.  Or even if you aren’t going to do the swirl, increase the amount anyway – the more blueberries the better!

Blueberry Cheesecake Bars
From Gourmet

1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
16 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup blueberry or other fruit preserves

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cut butter into 1/2-inch pieces and add to a food processor process with the flour, brown sugar, and salt.  Process until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle mixture into a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan and press evenly onto bottom. Bake in the middle of oven until golden, about 20 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth.  Add eggs, sugar, and vanilla and beat until combined. 
  4. Evenly spread preserves over hot shortbread and pour cream-cheese mixture over it. Bake in middle of oven until slightly puffed, about 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan and cut into 24 bars.


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  1. Erin Jones / May 26 2010 11:32 am

    Looks amazingly yummy! And…a bit healthier than a normal cheesecake, yet satisfying like a cheesecake…I might have to try this recipe.

    • Sarah / May 27 2010 8:58 am

      You know, as healthy as cheesecake can be 😉
      Ed was pretty sad that I forgot to bring them in to bowling last night…

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