Blackberry Cheesecake Bars Recipe
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Blackberry Cheesecake Bars Recipe

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Sugar cookie dough is a speedy way to turn ricotta and mascarpone cheeses topped with blackberries into beautiful bars. — Terri Crandall, Gardnerville, Nevada
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 tube (16-1/2 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1-1/2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon Amaretto, optional
  • 1 cup seedless blackberry spreadable fruit
  • 2-2/3 cups fresh blackberries

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 414 calories, 21g fat (9g saturated fat), 83mg cholesterol, 224mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Let cookie dough stand at room temperature 5 minutes to soften. Press onto bottom and 1 in. up sides of a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat ricotta cheese, mascarpone cheese and sugar until blended. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in vanilla, lemon peel, citrus juices and, if desired, amaretto. Pour into crust.
  3. Bake 20-25 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool 1 hour on a wire rack.
  4. Place spreadable fruit in a small microwave-safe bowl; microwave on high for 30-45 seconds or until melted. Spread over cheesecake layer; top with blackberries. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Blackberry Cheesecake Bars in Taste of Home June/July 2013

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s_pants User ID: 174050 247641
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2016

"So good and easy to make, too. I used blackberry jam. Would like to try it with the spreadable fruit next time. Used a mixture of strawberries and blackberries on top."

debragill User ID: 7444365 111170
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2014

"I made this for the first time for a club picnic, and everyone raved about it and several people wanted the receipe. I might try it next time with marianberries and raspberry fruit spread instead."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1590093 177575
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2014

"This was so easy to make, but nobody would know it. I used raspberries and blueberries instead of the blackberries and took to a July 4th party. There were no leftovers! I little lighter than your usual cheesecake which I loved. Great summer dessert."

mandybird208 User ID: 5624329 119524
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2013

"I loved that this used refrigerated cookie dough! So easy. The sweet and tart of the blackberries went to well with the ricotta and mascarpone cheeses."

KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 105860
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2013

"The Blackberry Cheesecake Bars were easy to assemble and they were delicious! I will definitely be making them again!"

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