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Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

These Strawberry Cheesecake Bars are made with a sugar cookie crust and topped with a light, no bake strawberry cheesecake making these bars an easy spring and summer dessert!

Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

I just can’t get enough of all the delicious strawberries that star at me every time I go to the grocery store these days, and as a food blogger I feel like I go to the grocery store every other day! So I couldn’t resist buying another bundle of strawberries and I thought I would make strawberry cheesecake bars.

I made a cheesecake that was  lighter and more fluffy but still tasted like the delicious, creamy cheesecake taste most of us cheesecake lovers like, myself included.

Strawberry Cheesecake Bars Dessert

JUST A FEW BAKING TIPS:

✓ LINE YOUR BAKING PAN: Line your 9×9 baking pan with aluminum foil long enough to line the sides and bottom of the pan with a little extra to hang over the sides. Spray a generous amount of non-stick baking spray onto the bottom of the pan before pressing the sugar cooking dough on the bottom. Once the strawberry cheesecake bars have set in the fridge for at least 4 hours, you can simply lift them from the pan by the foil flaps, peel it back, and cut into squares without any fuss.

 SUGAR COOKIE CRUST: These cheesecake bars start out by using a roll of refrigerated sugar cookie dough {I used Pillsbury’s refrigerated sugar cookie dough} pressed into a 9×9 non-stick baking pan and bake for 15-20 minutes.

✓ CHEESECAKE FILLING: For the light, fluffy, and creamy strawberry cheesecake all you need is cottage cheese {processed in a food processor until creamy}, cream cheese, sugar, strawberry gelatin and fresh strawberries but you could use frozen strawberries too. I mixed everything up and poured the cheesecake mixture over the cooled cookie crust and placed it in the fridge for 4 hours before serving.

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE ON HOW TO MAKE THESE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE BARS:

strawberry cheesecake dessert recipe

Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

Yield: 15 Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes + chilling time

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Ingredients:

  • 1 roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1 box (3 oz) strawberry flavor gelatin
  • 2/3 cup boiling water
  • 1 tub (16 oz) regular cottage cheese
  • 2 (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup strawberries, chopped
  • Sliced strawberries, for topping

Directions:

PRE-STEP: Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line 9x9 baking pan with foil and then spray with non-stick baking spray.

STEP 1: Press refrigerated sugar cookie dough into bottom of prepared baking pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes.

STEP 2: In a small pan, boil water and stir in gelatin, set aside. Puree cottage cheese in food processor until creamy. Using a electric or stand mixer, mix cottage cheese mixture, gelatin, cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract until smooth. Stir in chopped strawberries.

STEP 3: Pour mixture into prepared cookie crust; smooth top. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours, or until set. Garnish with sliced strawberry before serving.

36 Responses to “Strawberry Cheesecake Bars”

  1. April — April 14, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    I made this last night for my daughter’s birthday and it was a hit! I love that it’s light and not too sweet. I can’t wait to try it with other Jello flavors as well. I think it’s going to be a staple summer dessert for us. I also plan on adding some whipped cream to the mixture before pouring it onto the crust to make it even fluffier. 

  2. Carole Weidner — May 8, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    How much water is used when making the gelatin?

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — May 9th, 2014 @ 7:34 am

      Carole, you will need 2 cups of water to make the gelatin.

  3. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life — May 4, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Mmmm! I LOVE strawberries and I’ve had a major affair with sugar cookie dough since I was six. I would not be able to resist this combo! Pinning!

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — May 6th, 2014 @ 8:31 am

      Thanks for the pin, Mary Frances! 🙂

  4. Taking On Magazines — May 2, 2014 at 8:24 am

    How can something that looks so easy to make be so delicious??? I love, love, love strawberries and have been checking our local berry farm on a daily basis, just itching to head out and pick a gallon or five. This is definitely on the list to make with my first batch!

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — May 6th, 2014 @ 8:27 am

      Thanks, you are going to love these bars! 🙂

  5. foodlikecake — May 2, 2014 at 6:29 am

    The filling looks amazing! So light and fluffy 🙂

  6. Serene @ House of Yumm — May 1, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    I love these!! You had me at no bake! It’s been 90 degrees here so turning on my oven right now sounds horrifying, These look fantastic. Light and fluffy is the way to go right now 🙂 I definitely see these in my future. And again love the pic showing the steps at the end!

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — May 6th, 2014 @ 8:25 am

      Thanks, Serene! I’m kinda jealous it’s 90 degrees were you live, but these bars are perfect for warm weather days! 🙂

  7. BruCrew Life — May 1, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    I have been buying a lot of strawberries here too. Those cheesecake bars…holy, cow! They look amazing! I love how light and fluffy the cheesecake looks!

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — May 6th, 2014 @ 8:24 am

      Thanks, Jocelyn! I am loving the fresh strawberries these days at the grocery store! 🙂

  8. huntfortheverybest — May 1, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    this looks amazing!

  9. Cravings of a Lunatic — May 1, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    I love cheesecake bars, and strawberry is my favourite. These look amazing.

  10. dinnermom — May 1, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    These are perfect for strawberry season. I love the pink color!!

  11. Susan P. (@littleredkitchn) — May 1, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    I love strawberry season, I wait in anticipation year round for it! Your cheesecake looks so light and creamy!

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — May 1st, 2014 @ 9:27 pm

      Thanks, Susan! Me too, strawberry season is the best! 🙂

  12. Marly — May 1, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Ahh, strawberries. Gotta love ’em…especially when they look this good!

  13. Cooking In Stilettos (@cookinstilettos) — May 1, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    These look divine – and I love how you made them lighter with a bit of cottage cheese. These are begging to be made – now!

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — May 1st, 2014 @ 9:31 pm

      Yes, I love using cottage cheese when making cheesecake especially for my husband who likes his cheesecake on the lighter side! 🙂

  14. Danae @ Recipe Runner — May 1, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    What a yummy simple dessert to make and so perfect this time of year! I love the usual cheesecake, but I can totally get behind these strawberry cheesecake bars. Love that it’s a no bake filling!

  15. Stephanie Manley — May 1, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Looks amazing!!

  16. Back for Seconds — May 1, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    These are beautiful!! I love al things strawberry 🙂

  17. Meredith Steele — May 1, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I love me some cheesecake! Can’t get any better.

  18. Paula - bell'alimento — May 1, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Come to Mamma! These so have my name on it.

  19. [email protected] — May 1, 2014 at 11:26 am

    They look so light and creamy! Love that you put cottage cheese in them!

  20. Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! — May 1, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Yum! I could dive right into one of these bars. I can practically taste how creamy and fresh these taste. Nothing beats a great strawberry cheesecake bar like yours. Sooo good :). Pinned!

  21. Sherri Jo — May 1, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Pinned to make later… my kids would love this!

  22. Nutmeg Nanny — May 1, 2014 at 9:59 am

    What an amazing looking dessert! I have so many strawberries looking to be used.

  23. Amy @Very Culinary — May 1, 2014 at 9:56 am

    We go through strawberries like mad around here. I’ll get a flat and two days later, they’re gone. My son will choose them over anything! A few came up in the garden last week. Yay! Love these bars!

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