Red, White & Blue Cheesecake Bars Recipe
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Red, White & Blue Cheesecake Bars Recipe

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I’ve tried “light” cheesecake recipes before with mixed results. Making a few changes, I created a rich, creamy cheesecake filling that truly tastes like the real deal. —Katie Farrell, Ann Arbor, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 graham cracker crust (9 inches)
  • 3/4 cup 2% cottage cheese
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • Sugar substitute blend equivalent to 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup reduced-sugar strawberry preserves
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries

Nutritional Facts

1 bar: 193 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 226mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Line an 8-in.-square baking pan with foil, letting ends extend up sides; coat foil with cooking spray. Remove pie crust from foil pan; break into fine crumbs into prepared pan. Press crumbs onto bottom of pan.
  2. Place cottage cheese in a small food processor; process until smooth. Transfer to a bowl. Add cream cheese, sugar blend, lemon peel, lemon juice and vanilla; beat until smooth. In a small bowl, lightly beat egg whites and egg; add to cottage cheese mixture. Beat on low speed just until blended. Pour over crust.
  3. Drop preserves by teaspoonfuls over filling. Cut through cheesecake with a knife to swirl. Sprinkle with blueberries.
  4. Bake 25-30 minutes or until center of cheesecake is almost set. Cool 1 hour on a wire rack. Refrigerate 2 hours or until cold.
  5. Lifting with foil, remove cheesecake from pan. Cut into bars. Yield: 1 dozen.
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with Truvia baking blend.
Originally published as Red, White & Blue Cheesecake Bars in Taste of Home June/July 2015

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havingfunwithmyfamily User ID: 7043692 227227
Reviewed May. 31, 2015

"Just like the other reviewer, my preserves did not swirl. The preserves sank right to the bottom. I improvised, and added fresh strawberry slices to the top of the squares. I also must have done something wrong in the batter, because my bars took a bit longer to bake. I baked mine for about 40-45 minutes."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 227182
Reviewed May. 31, 2015

"These were actually quite good. It did not taste lightened up at all. My strawberries preserves were thick so the swirling did not come out pretty as most just sank into the cream cheese."

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