Strawberry Swirl Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars.

Creamy cheesecake swirled with strawberries and dotted with chocolate chips. These bars are so much easier than making an entire cheesecake!

Creamy cheesecake swirled with strawberries and dotted with chocolate chips. These bars are so much easier than making an entire cheesecake!

It’s Friday! TGIF. My weekends lately have been an extension of my work week. Bake, cookbook, blog, run, play with Jude, repeat. But this weekend we have plans to go out Saturday night. And I’m so excited, so I made cheesecake bars to celebrate.

Because why not?!

Growing up, my mom would make an impressive chocolate chip cheesecake during the holidays. It was so decadent! So rich! So perfect. I took her idea, swirled in a little strawberry jam (who doesn’t love strawberry and chocolate?!), and made fancy (yet simple!) cheesecake bars. They’re the best lazy-Friday kind of dessert. ;)

Creamy cheesecake swirled with strawberries and dotted with chocolate chips. These bars are so much easier than making an entire cheesecake!

Sometimes I’d rather make a big pan of cheesecake bars instead of an actual cheesecake.  It takes much less effort, less ingredients, and less time to whip up a pan of these cheesecake bars than to make its cheesecakey cousin.

Dessert bars are also non-committal.  Have a small one, a big one, have two, have three. Plus, they are finger food. No extra forks to wash. Less dishes is always a win in my book!

Creamy cheesecake swirled with strawberries and dotted with chocolate chips. These bars are so much easier than making an entire cheesecake!

To make the bars, I simply used the same basic idea as my Snickers Cheesecake Bars. I whipped up a quick homemade graham cracker crust. Graham cracker crumbs, some sugar, and melted butter.  Nothing more, nothing less. The graham cracker crust is nice and crunchy, which is a fabulous contrast to the creamy dreamy cheesecake. Layer a few chocolate chips on top of the crust before the filling.

The basic cheesecake filling is beyond simple. 4 ingredients – that’s it!  Softened cream cheese, egg, sugar, and vanilla extract.  Beat it all together until nice and smooth and pour it evenly over the chocolate chips.  Make sure it is nice and smooth.

But that’s not all! Swirl 1/4 cup of strawberry jam into the filling before baking.  Sometimes I use 1/4 cup, sometimes 1/3 cup.  It’s up to you and how much swirl you want.  If you’d like to make your own jam, you could use 1/4 cup of the strawberry filling from my Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes instead.

One more layer.  Sprinkle a few chocolate chips onto the swirled cheesecake before baking.  In my world, there is always room for more chocolate.  Especially when strawberries are involved. I love everything about chocolate and strawberries together!

Creamy cheesecake swirled with strawberries and dotted with chocolate chips. These bars are so much easier than making an entire cheesecake!

So you have five easy layers worked into these cheesecake bars.  Crunchy graham cracker crust, chocolate chips, creamy cheesecake, strawberry swirl, more chocolate chips.  It’s complete texture contrast paradise for all you texture freaks out there.

Bake the bars for 30-35 minutes. Waiting for these babies to chill before digging in is torture. If you cut into them too early, the bars will fall apart. Just warning you now!

Creamy cheesecake swirled with strawberries and dotted with chocolate chips. These bars are so much easier than making an entire cheesecake! The festive strawberry swirl makes these bars completely appropriate for the 4th of July holiday.  Christmas and Valentine’s Day, too.  But you truly don’t need a holiday as an excuse to make these.  When the mood strikes you for a creamy, fruity, chocolate treat – these cheesecake bars can be your answer!

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Strawberry Swirl Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

Baking a cheesecake as bars is so much easier!

Yield: 16 cheesecake bars

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 12 full-sheet graham crackers (or 1.5 cups graham cracker crumbs)
  • 6 Tablespoons (90 grams) melted unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup (67 grams) granulated sugar

Filling

  • 16 ounces cream cheese (2 standard packages or 450 grams), softened to room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup (90-100 grams) strawberry jam (Or use 1/4 cup homemade strawberry filling from this recipe)
  • 2/3 cup (120 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a 8x8 or 9x9 baking pan with aluminum foil with enough overhang on the sides. Set aside.

Make the crust: Using a food processor or blender, pulverize the graham crackers into a fine crumb. Pour into a medium bowl and mix with melted butter and sugar. Press into the lined pan. Bake for 5 minutes. Allow to cool as you prepare the filling.

For the filling: Beat cream cheese, egg, sugar, and vanilla extract together with a hand or stand mixer until smooth and creamy, about 3 full minutes. Sprinkle 1/3 cup of the chocolate chips evenly on top of crust. Spread the filling on top of chocolate chips. Drop large spoonfuls of jam on top of filling and swirl with a knife. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the cheesecake has set up and the edges are lightly browned. Allow to cool for 30 minutes at room temperature and then completely in the refrigerator for at least three hours. Lift the foil out of the pan and cut into squares.

Store bars in a covered container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

Recipe can easily be doubled and baked in a 9x13-inch pan, baking time will vary - about 45-55 minutes.

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Today’s recipe has me craving Snickers Cheesecake Bars.

Snickers Cheesecake Bars

 

And some S’mores Brownie Pie with a crunchy graham crust.

S'mores Brownie Pie

 

 

   

104 Responses to “Strawberry Swirl Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars.”

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    Paulo Cpostaposted October 14, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Love your recipes, every time I open your blog, makes me want to try each of them haha. One day I will be like you :)
    A kiss. Love your blog and you too haha

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    • Sallyreplied on October 14th, 2013 at 11:07 am

      Thanks Paulo!

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    Elizabeth Vogelsbergposted October 14, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I’m making these for my husband today. He’s always complaining that there’s never anything for him to snack on.

    I only have chocolate graham crackers…that should work, right? Here goes nothing!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 14th, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      Chocolate graham crackers would be excellent. Probably even better than honey graham crackers. Hope you both enjoy!

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    Sallyposted December 9, 2013 at 8:03 am

    yes

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    Sallyposted December 9, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    If your jam is too thick to swirl, you may thin it out by warming it up.

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    maryposted December 9, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    could i line the pan whole with foil, and use parchment paper for the bottom so that the cheesecake doesn’t stick to the bottom?

    also, how did you cut your bars so neatly?

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    maryposted December 11, 2013 at 6:55 am

    can i make this plain and leave out the chocolate chips and jam? if so, would i have to alter the recipe in any way, like adding more sugar?

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    • Sallyreplied on December 11th, 2013 at 7:57 am

      Increase sugar to 1/3 cup and bake as directed. Enjoy!

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    Jennyposted February 12, 2014 at 1:55 am

    Hi Sally – Big FAN! Can I try this in a 9” round pan lined with foil..?

    PS: I try the sky high apple muffins yesterday – just brilliant…. i make desserts only from your website..!!

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    • Sallyreplied on February 12th, 2014 at 8:25 am

      Definitely. The baking time will be similar in the round pan. Love those apple muffins!

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    Emilyposted April 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    These are great!! I wish I had used better strawberry jam though. I just used store bought but I think it would have been a lot better if I had homemade. The chocolate chips make a nice addiction to the bars!!

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    Leighposted May 9, 2014 at 7:50 am

    How long can these be at room temperature? I’m thinking of making these for a bake sale. Thanks.
    Leigh

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    • Sallyreplied on May 9th, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      I’d say about 4-5 hours max. Hope everyone loves them!

      Reply

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