Strawberry Lemonade Cheesecake Bars with a Shortbread Crust

Posted on 07/15/2013 by layers_of_eli
These bars are a version of one of my dad's favorite desserts, Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars, and they are so creamy and delicious. This summery version includes a little extra lemon tang, big fresh strawberries, and a buttery shortbread crust. They're also super easy to whip up, making them one of my favorite summertime treats. I hope you enjoy them.

Strawberry Lemonade Cheesecake Bars with a Shortbread Crust

Recipe by: Adapted from King Arthur Flour (crust) and Shared Sugar (cheesecake)
Yields: about 18 bars

These cheesecake bars are the perfect summer treat: sweet, creamy, tangy, buttery, and easy to prepare!

Crust Ingredients:
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

Cheesecake Layer Ingredients:
32 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
4 eggs
5-6 tablespoons lemon juice, depending on how tart you usually like your lemonade!
lemon zest from one lemon
1 cup sugar
strawberries, quartered*
powdered sugar for topping
*Note: I probably bought 2 pints of strawberries but didn't quite use them all. I didn't quarter mine because I thought they'd be pretty whole, but they were a bit hard to eat and I'll quarter them next time I make this recipe!

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Prepare a 9 x 13 in. baking dish with a parchment paper sling. Cut the butter into the flour and confectioners' sugar and press into the baking dish (I used a food processor to cut the fat into the flour, and then the bottom of a dish to press the mixture into the pan). Bake 20 minutes or until light brown. Let cool on wire rack.

In a bowl with an electric mixer, add the cream cheese, eggs, lemon juice, lemon zest, and sugar. Mix until the ingredients are creamy and the cream cheese is fully incorporated. Pour into the pan with the cooled crust. Then evenly distribute the strawberries.

Bake 30-35 minutes or until filling is set. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Then refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Remove the cheesecake from the pan using the parchment paper. Cut into bars and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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syolen 15th-Jul-2013 05:31 am (UTC)
This sounds delicious, thanks!
layers_of_eli 15th-Jul-2013 05:38 am (UTC)
thank you :)
ringsandcoffee 15th-Jul-2013 06:10 am (UTC)
Oh man, I am drooling!
layers_of_eli 15th-Jul-2013 04:30 pm (UTC)
superprofan 15th-Jul-2013 08:19 am (UTC)
I'm sorry, but how many grams or milliliters are in a cup?
layers_of_eli 15th-Jul-2013 04:30 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure, but I think there are conversion calculators online.
chrysalis_1975 15th-Jul-2013 11:32 am (UTC)
What a gorgeous dessert!! Looks yummy too :-)
layers_of_eli 15th-Jul-2013 04:29 pm (UTC)
thank you!!
lbfmusic 16th-Jul-2013 12:50 am (UTC)
That looks so good! :-) I hope it is!
layers_of_eli 16th-Jul-2013 01:03 am (UTC)
We loved it :)
Humza Yunas Love it 16th-Jul-2013 12:55 am (UTC)
I really love stawberry yumm thanks for teaching me
layers_of_eli Re: Love it 16th-Jul-2013 01:03 am (UTC)
Sure thing!
jewelparadise 16th-Jul-2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
Those look so amazing! I'll definitely have to try the recipe sometime :)
layers_of_eli 16th-Jul-2013 08:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
cakecrumbs 17th-Jul-2013 12:03 pm (UTC)
They look so delicious! I'm lamenting the lack of strawberry season here at the moment, and this certainly exacerbates that! Yum.
layers_of_eli 17th-Jul-2013 03:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!
jamjar_girl 19th-Jul-2013 12:36 am (UTC)
I headed over to your blog and it was great reading :)
layers_of_eli 19th-Jul-2013 12:40 am (UTC)
thank you :)
rescued_by_god 8th-Jan-2014 04:30 am (UTC)
These look YUMMY. I have to try them soon! Thanks for posting.
layers_of_eli 8th-Jan-2014 04:41 am (UTC)
Thanks! Hope you enjoy!
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ry_rodriguez 19th-Feb-2014 02:05 am (UTC)
Interesting concept! I might give this a try
butterthetoast 4th-Mar-2017 05:11 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh, these sound amazing!
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