Strawberry 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 jamย (who doesn’t love strawberry and chocolate?!), and made fancy (yet simple!)ย cheesecake bars. They’re the best lazy-Friday kind of dessert. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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.ย 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!ย 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

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 16 bars
  • Category: Bars
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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


Ingredients

Crust

  • 10 full-sheet graham crackers (or 1.5 cups graham cracker crumbs)
  • 6 Tablespoons (90 grams) unsalted butter, melted
  • 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 pure vanilla extract
  • 1/41/3 cup (90-100 grams) strawberry jam*
  • 2/3 cup (120 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ยฐF (177ยฐC). Line a 8×8 or 9×9 baking pan with aluminum foil with enough overhang on the sides. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. Make 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.
  4. 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.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead Instructions: Store bars in a covered container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
  2. Strawberry Jam: You can also use 1/4 cup homemade strawberry filling from this recipe.
  3. Larger Batch: Recipe can easily be doubled and baked in a 9×13-inch pan, baking time will vary – about 45-55 minutes.

Keywords: strawberry chocolate chip cheesecake bars, strawberry cheesecake bars

127 Comments

  1. “In my world, there is always room for more chocolate. ” Hahaha so true! Nothing beats chocolate ๐Ÿ˜€

    And these look beautiful, Sally! So creamy and decadent…yum!

  2. Jenna @ Sensationallyseasonal.com says:

    These are beautiful Sally! I am with you on the bar versus actual cheesecake thing. And I love chocolate and strawberry together. Would totally make these for Christmas- with red and green sprinkles on top too ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. GREAT idea for Christmas, Jenna!

  3. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health says:

    I love the labor combo in these! Chocolate and strawberries are so right together. They look beautiful!

    1. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health says:

      Auto correct! * flavor combo ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I love chocolate and my hubby loves strawberry so winning combo as we both LOVE cheesecake! I’m making these tomorrow for sure!
    Love your blog Sally, honestly, it’s my baking go to!
    X

    1. I hope you enjoy them this weekend, Kelly! Thanks!

  5. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says:

    These are beautiful, Sally! The perfect summer bar… and perfect for quenching my constant cheesecake craving lately. I love the flavors in these!

  6. Emma @ Fork and Good says:

    Oh my. Yes please!! These pictures are beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Emma!

  7. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

    These look great… so pretty and so yummy! I would like to thank your mom too!

    1. I’ll tell her thanks from my reader Pam. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Eva @ Eva Bakes says:

    I like the idea of turning cheesecake into bars because it makes me feel less guilty when eating it. It’s obvious when I cut myself a slice of regular cheesecake because a sliver is missing… but if I cut myself a sliver of these bars, no one will ever know. Ha ha!

    1. There’s just such a huge commitment to a slice of cake! Bars are much more approachable. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. These cheesecake bars look amazing!! Great combination using strawberry and chocolate chips!

  10. Marjorie (Sugar for the Brain) says:

    Those are so cute!!!

  11. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    Your squares are absolutely perfect! I tried making cheesecake squares not long ago and they didn’t turn out so awesome lol. I’ll need to get some tips from you for my next attempt – whenever that is! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I find it hard to believe that anything you make isn’t awesome!

  12. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar says:

    So yummy! I love strawberries with cheesecake!

  13. I am ALL about strawberries lately. These look wonderful!

  14. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    Mmm these look perfect!

  15. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef says:

    how gorgeous, sally! i’ve been craving cheesecake lately!!

  16. Sally, these are beautiful! I love the strawberry swirl!

  17. Kristin @ The Punctuated Polka Dot says:

    What a GREAT idea. I may have to make these this week. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your blog is beautiful, by the way!

    1. I hope you enjoy them, Kristin! And thank you for the sweet compliment about my blog.

  18. aimee @ like mother like daughter says:

    oh my goodness. I love all things cheesecake especially with chocolate and strawberries. These bars look divine. This weekend I am cooking up lemon blueberry cheesecake bars. I can’t wait to share the recipe!

    1. I love lemon and blueberry together!

  19. Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies says:

    ohhhhh why are you so good at making recipes? I’m never going to have time to make everything delicious that comes out of your kitchen! These sound so so so amazing.

    1. Thanks very much, Kelly! Hope you get to try these one day.

  20. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes says:

    I wasn’t planning on baking this weekend but now the weather is rainy and cool ๐Ÿ™ Maybe I will try these cheesecake bars out! Might as well make the most of having to stay inside ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting says:

    Oh these looks so fun. I can never say no to cheesecake!

  22. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    Cheesecake bars are SO much easier!! Love this combo!

  23. Joy @ Baking-Joy says:

    These look so good Sally ๐Ÿ™‚ The strawberry theme here is perfect for the UK Wimbledon tennis tournament going on at the moment ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m making strawberry cupcakes this weekend (hopefully with a whole strawberry in the middle, we’ll see how that goes!)

    1. OK those strawberry cupcakes sound amazing!
      Good luck with them, Joy!

  24. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker says:

    Oh good lord, that looks amazing! I just want to reach in and help myself to a piece. Pinning! Enjoy your night out Saturday, Sally.

    1. Thanks so much Anne. And thanks for pinning!

  25. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig says:

    Wait..there’s more to life than blogging..you get to go out on Saturday…lucky, lucky you!! These bars are by far their own celebratory event!!

    1. Yes they are! Thanks Cathy ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Heidi @ Food Doodles says:

    What a yummy idea! I love strawberries and cheesecake ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Oh man, Sally, you are killing me lately (in the best way ;)) with all these fruit recipes! I wish I had more time to bake. I’d love to make these, the key-lime-pie bars, the lemon blueberry rolls, the apple blueberry crumble bars (plus, oh, ALL of your other recipes, of course!). These are beautiful! Since you mentioned the Fourth of July, what about swirling strawberry AND blueberry jam? ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. I love (love!) fruity desserts and this is the perfect time to make ’em all. ๐Ÿ™‚ Blueberry + strawberry jam – love the idea!

  28. Carla @ Carlas Confections says:

    These look seriously delicious!!! I have yet to make cheesecake bars. I think that needs to change! ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    Have fun going out on Saturday! And what a way to celebrate. These bars look like perfection. And you know I can’t resist anything involving cheesecake.

    And I totally know what you mean about “working” on weekends. It’s the same for me. I get so excited that it’s Friday except I know that once Saturday hits, that’s when blogging work takes over. Maybe I’ll try to go out on Saturday too!

    1. Thanks Chung-Ah. And yes – work, work, work is the story of my life sometimes! Well, all the time. I don’t knwo any differently these days. If you have the cahnce to go out – enjoy it!

  30. Jamie @lifelovelemons says:

    Gorgeous, as always! Have fun on your night out!

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