Light & Easy Cheesecake Bars

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + chilling


1-1/2 dozen

Updated: Oct. 21, 2022
Fresh hints of lemon in the tender crust and creamy filling of these berry-topped treats. —Patricia Nieh, Portola Valley, California
Light & Easy Cheesecake Bars Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 package (8 ounces) fat-free cream cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 18 fresh raspberries, halved


  1. Line a 9-in. square pan with foil; coat with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, beat butter and 1/4 cup sugar until smooth, about 2 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Add flour and salt; mix well. Press into prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 14-16 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine cream cheeses and remaining sugar until smooth. Add egg; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in lemon zest and remaining lemon juice. Pour over crust.
  4. Bake 14-18 minutes longer or until filling is set.
  5. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Using foil, lift bars out of pan. Gently peel off foil; cut into squares, then triangles. Garnish with raspberries.

Nutrition Facts

1 bar: 153 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 216mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 starch.