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:

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Strawberry Cheesecake Bars Recipe
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Servings: 15 Bars

Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
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!
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Ingredients

  • 1 roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1 box 3 oz strawberry flavor gelatin
  • cup boiling water
  • 1 tub regular cottage cheese, 16 oz
  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened, 2 bricks
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup strawberries, chopped
  • Sliced strawberries, for topping

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line 9x9 baking pan with foil and then spray with non-stick baking spray.
  • Press refrigerated sugar cookie dough into bottom of prepared baking pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes.
  • 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.
  • Pour mixture into prepared cookie crust; smooth top. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours, or until set. Garnish with sliced strawberry before serving.

Notes

  • 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.
Serving: 1bar, Calories: 301kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 39mg, Sodium: 307mg, Potassium: 122mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 20g, Vitamin A: 460IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 58mg, Iron: 1mg
Cuisine: American
Course: Brownies + Bars
Author: Jennifer
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