Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Bars
Imagine a sunny afternoon, the air filled with the tantalizing aroma of freshly baked Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Bars wafting from your kitchen. These delightful bars are a symphony of flavors, blending the zesty freshness of lemons with the sweet tanginess of raspberries, all embraced by a velvety cheesecake layer. As a seasoned chef and passionate baker, I can assure you that this recipe is a true crowd-pleaser, perfect for any occasion.
- 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
- ⅓ cup melted butter
- 1 ½ cups fresh raspberries
- 3 packages (24 oz) cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- Zest of 2 lemons
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup sour cream
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- Preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C) and line a 9×13-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan.
- Spread fresh raspberries over the crust.
- In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth and creamy.
- Beat in the eggs, one at a time, followed by lemon zest and vanilla extract.
- Gradually add sour cream and flour, mixing until well combined.
- Pour the cream cheese mixture over the raspberries in the pan.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the center is almost set.
- Remove from the oven and let it cool completely at room temperature.
- Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Cut into bars, serve, and enjoy the heavenly combination of lemon and raspberry in each bite!
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Yield: 12-16 bars
These Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Bars are a divine treat for your taste buds. The crunchy graham cracker crust, the luscious raspberry layer, and the creamy cheesecake topping create a harmonious dessert that will leave everyone asking for seconds.
Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories 320, Total Fat 22g, Saturated Fat 12g, Cholesterol 95mg, Sodium 220mg, Total Carbohydrate 27g, Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugars 18g, Protein 5g
Imagine indulging in these bars, the velvety texture melting in your mouth, and the burst of flavors dancing on your palate. It’s not just a dessert; it’s an experience. Whether you’re hosting a party or simply treating yourself, these Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Bars will elevate your dessert game to a whole new level of deliciousness. Try the recipe today and let your taste buds embark on a delightful journey!