Orange-Swirled Cheesecake Dessert

Total Time

Prep: 55 min. Bake 30 min. + chilling


16 servings

Swirls of homemade orange curd meander through white chocolate cheesecake bars. The special bars might remind you of a childhood treat —Orange Creamsicles. —Margee Berry, White Salmon, Washington
Orange-Swirled Cheesecake Dessert Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 6 ounces shortbread cookies (about 23)
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 6 tablespoons plus 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons cold water
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 3 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup sour cream


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Place cookies and almonds in a food processor; cover and process until fine crumbs form. Stir in butter. Press into an ungreased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake until set, about 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine 6 tablespoons sugar and cornstarch. Stir in orange juice, water and zest until blended. Cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Whisk a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolk. Return all to pan. Reduce heat. Cook, whisking continuously, 1 minute. Set aside to cool completely.
  3. Place baking chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Cool.
  4. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar until smooth. Beat in flour. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Beat in sour cream and white chocolate mixture just until combined.
  5. Place 1/4 cup cream cheese mixture in a small bowl; stir in orange mixture until well blended.
  6. Pour plain cream cheese mixture over crust. Drop orange batter by tablespoonfuls randomly over top. Cut through batter with a knife to swirl.
  7. Bake at 325° until filling is set, 30-35 minutes. Cool on a wire rack 1 hour. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Cut into squares. Store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 316 calories, 21g fat (11g saturated fat), 101mg cholesterol, 174mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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