Blueberry & White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

After picking blueberries last year for the first time, I was hooked. It’s the same thing that goes for every other fresh picked fruit or vegetable. There’s just no comparison!

And when we got home last weekend with our 7+ pounds of berries, I was in the mood for cheesecake. A simple cheesecake. No special pans or water baths. A creamy substantial cheesecake that could be cut into bars…

Blueberry & White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars were born.

And they’re wonderful. The girls have asked each morning this week if they could possibly please maybe have just a small piece for breakfast. Because it’s topped with those healthy blueberries, you know.  :wink:

Just so you know, we never did eat the cheesecake bars for breakfast. But I was tempted. Definitely tempted.

We were at Rush River Produce picking by 9:30 in the morning. It was already unbelievably hot. And grossly humid. I’m not a huge sweat-er, but 20 minutes into picking, my brows were trickling. Yucko!

But all those beautiful berries dangling from row after row of bountiful bushes…really, there’s no way to hold back after your eyes lock onto them.

The girls initially weren’t up for picking in the heat. But snitching those sweet tart berries while they were filling their buckets, and then having a big box to show for their efforts…well, they were pretty proud that they stuck it out.

And when I decided to go back in for “just a few more”…this is what I came back to. My crew hanging out under the shade of an apple tree. I think that pic deserves a frame, don’t you?!

Blueberry & White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Yield: 16 bars

Ingredients

    for the crust:
  • 1-1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 T. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 6 T. unsalted butter, melted
  • for the filling:
  • 8 oz. white chocolate
  • 16 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 c. fresh blueberries
  • powdered sugar, for dusting the finished bars

Preparation

Preheat oven to 325°.

Fold a 16'' long piece of foil to an 8'' x16'' strip and place in an 8'' square baking pan, leaving overhang on 2 sides. Repeat with another sheet of foil in opposite direction, lining pan completely. Spray bottom of foil lightly with nonstick spray and set aside.

for the crust:

In a medium bowl, whisk together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Add the melted butter and stir to completely combine. Press evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until fragrant and golden. Set on a wire rack to cool. (Note: This produces a thicker crust. If you are a thin crust fan, reduce the amount and the baking time.)

for the filling:

In a small bowl, gently melt the white chocolate in the microwave, taking care to not let it scorch. Set aside to cool completely.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the cream cheese on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy, about 1 or 2 minutes. Add the eggs and sugar and beat on medium speed until just combined. Add the cooled white chocolate (you can place in the refrigerator for a bit if it's still warm) and vanilla and beat again. Spread mixture evenly over the baked crust and tap the pan gently on the counter to settle it in. Sprinkle the top with blueberries and press them in ever so slightly with the back of a spoon, so that the blueberries are almost level with the cheesecake filling. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until cheesecake wobbles just slightly through the center, and the edges are just a bit golden. Remove from the oven and cool completely on a wire rack. Then place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours to chill thoroughly. Once set, carefully remove the cheesecake from the pan by pulling up on the foil lining. Slice into bars and dust with powdered sugar.

Source

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58 Responses to “Blueberry & White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars”

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    Maria — July 20, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Yay for blueberries! The bars look awesome!

    • Brenda replied on July 22nd, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      Thanks, Maria. :)

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    Amanda — July 20, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Um, yeah. I am obsessed with white chocolate and blueberries. This is like a dream come true!! Great job Brenda!

    • Brenda replied on July 22nd, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      Thank you, Amanda Dearest. :)

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    Amanda Padgett — July 20, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Everything about this recipe sounds delicious!! Love all these blueberry recipes!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — July 20, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Oooo fresh blueberries are my favorite! these bars are to-die-for and definitely on my short-list!

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    Bobbins & Balms — July 20, 2012 at 10:31 am

    love this recipe….and your girls are right, the blueberries make them healthy :p

    • Brenda replied on July 22nd, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      Thank you! :)

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — July 20, 2012 at 10:44 am

    7 pounds of berries in my possession would instantly make me crave cheesecake too! Can you believe I’ve never made a white chocolate cheesecake before?? It sounds delicious and I’m excited to give it a try. I love fruit and cheesecake together, so this recipe looks out-of-this-world yummy to me. Have a fun weekend!

    • Brenda replied on July 22nd, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      Thanks, Julia. I like to make all kinds of cheesecakes, but often hear from people that they don’t want to invest in a springform pan or that they’re intimidated by water baths, etc. So I wanted to share something that hopefully will appeal to those people as well. Everyone was sad when it disappeared – we’ll be making more of it!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 20, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I love blueberry picking! I live about 5 miles from a blueberry farm and go picking almost weekly. Looks like I need to save some of my next bucket for these bars :).

    • Brenda replied on July 22nd, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      You are a lucky duck! I would love to live that close to a blueberry u-pick. The place I like to go to, mostly because it involves great scenery and spots for lunch, is an hour’s drive.

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — July 20, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    This sounds amazing! I love those fresh blueberries!

    • Brenda replied on July 22nd, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      Thank you, Jessica!

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    StyleLinx — July 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Blueberries! rasberries! blackberries! Yummmm. I remember blackberry and blueberry picking as a kids. Back then we just ate ‘em right off the branch…now, I’d like to try this tasty recipe!

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    Amy Tong — July 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    This blueberry white chocolate cheesecake bar is simply divine and gorgeous! What a fun activity to go pick fruit. Can’t wait to take my kids out for some fun!

    • Brenda replied on July 22nd, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      Thank you, Amy. :)

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    Cassie — July 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    YUM! I love white chocolate Brenda, I’m head-over-heels for these. They look so perfect!

    • Brenda replied on July 22nd, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      Thanks, Cassie. :)

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    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — July 20, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Look at all those gorgeous berries! I’m pretty sure if I had these bars in my house, I would eat them for breakfast. Because I’m super healthy and and loads of self-control. Love this!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 20, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    These bars are stunning! And I’m so jealous of your 7lb berry stash!

    • Brenda replied on July 22nd, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      That box of berries does feel a bit like uncovered treasure!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 20, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Mmm such a treat!

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    Joan — July 20, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Looks amazing!

    • Brenda replied on July 22nd, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      Thank you, Joan! Hope you’re doing great! :)

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    Lynna — July 21, 2012 at 3:19 am

    How delicious! I reallyyy want to go fruit picking someday! I mean, LOOK AT ALL THOSE BLUEBERRIES!

    • Brenda replied on July 22nd, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      Thanks, Lynna. Picking your own is truly a treat. We planted a few bushes in our yard this summer, hoping to have some of our own in the coming years. They’re just too good!

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    Sheila — July 21, 2012 at 8:09 am

    I love picking blueberries! I kinda sorta went a little bezerk last Summer and my kids and I picked 55lbs of blueberries. Needless to say…we still have blueberries in the freezer from last year. Blueberry Lemon Muffins are my daughters favorite, but she is a cheesecake lover so I bet she would love these too!

    • Brenda replied on July 22nd, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      55 pounds of blueberries?!?! I can’t even imagine!

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    Cathy @ Noble Pig — July 21, 2012 at 10:06 am

    We love picking blueberries here in oregon and what a perfect treat to go with them!!

    • Brenda replied on July 22nd, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks, Cathy. My family goes ga-ga over cheesecake – this was the perfect easy way to indulge in our fresh picked berries!

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    nest of posies — July 23, 2012 at 9:11 am

    white chocolate & blueberries??? YES! sounds amazing.

    xo
    kellie

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    Lisa | With Style and Grace — July 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    YUM!! Love blueberry picking!!

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    Diane {Created by Diane} — July 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    oh these look so delicious. I loved blueberry picking as a kid, such fun. That is until the bees came and I ran and hid in the car :) Blueberries are still my favorite! These cheesecake bars are so pretty!

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    Terri @ that's some good cookin' — July 26, 2012 at 2:41 am

    So jealous that you live somewhere that you can pick blueberries. Those look gorgeous! You did a great job on the cheesecake bars, too.

    • Brenda replied on July 27th, 2012 at 10:54 am

      Oh, it is such a treat. I became a fast believer in the goodness of picking blueberries! Thanks, Terri – always so nice to hear from you – have a great weekend!

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    Maria — July 29, 2012 at 8:16 am

    This is an amazing recipe! I love blueberries, I am addicted to blueberries, I’m even thinking of growing a blueberry bush at me balcony – if this possible!!!!

    I like all your recipes very much. They are easy to follow and innovative! Great job!!!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — August 3, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    I love cheesecake AND white chocolate! I swoon over your bars! Love how the blueberries sit on top without sinking. The pics of your girls are precious!

    • Brenda replied on August 6th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      Thank you so much, Anna! :)

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    Norma — August 9, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I was so eager to make this recipe, but the white chocolate melting did not work. I don’t know what I did wrong, but all I got was what amounted to was sand. No melting occurred in the microwave and it scorched so quickly I was caught off guard. I went ahead and made the cheesecake without the chocolate. It will be cut tomorrow and I have no doubt it will be good, but I sure would have liked that white chocolate flavor in there. Any suggestions?

    • Brenda replied on August 10th, 2012 at 8:57 am

      I’m sorry to hear your white chocolate was fickle, Norma. Things I can think of…the microwave could have been set at too high of a power, causing the white chocolate to seize up. I use a lower setting on my microwave when melting any chocolate, and stir it frequently to get it completely melted. If you don’t have the ability to lower your microwave power, set up a double boiler on the stove top. If there was any bit of liquid in your bowl, that can cause white chocolate to seize. And once I tried to melt some white chocolate that I had in the pantry for a very long time…it was just too old…and it wouldn’t melt. I hope this helps!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — August 16, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Marvelous flavours! These cheesecake bars must be heavenly.

    • Brenda replied on August 16th, 2012 at 10:02 am

      Thank you, Angie – they disappeared very quickly here!! :)

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    Fiona — August 16, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Your cheesecake bars look wonderful. It’s incredible that even without a waterbath, the cheesecake filling looks beautifully creamy and perfectly cooked. Thanks for sharing the great recipe

    • Brenda replied on August 18th, 2012 at 10:37 am

      Thanks, Fiona. It really is a super easy (and yummy!) recipe. :)

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    Linda — August 17, 2012 at 11:24 am

    When you say “white chocolate” are you referring to white chocolate chips or baking chocolate. I am afraid that the chips when cooled will revert back to solid form again. I know the chocolate wafers do that. I want to make it by tomorrow but I am not sure about the chocolate

    • Brenda replied on August 18th, 2012 at 10:23 am

      Hello Linda, I would use a baking chocolate in bar form – I used Ghiradelli brand. I don’t have good luck melting the chips, either! Hope you like it!! :) Brenda

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    Kelly-Anne — September 1, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Nice recipe :)
    I also like the below NYC cheesecake recipe.
    http://www.wascene.com/food-drink/new-york-cheesecake-recipe/
    Thanks for sharing,
    Kelly

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    Chaya — July 16, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Made this today, AMAZING! The filling was smooth & creamy. Love the white chocolate idea Yum!

    • Brenda replied on July 17th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      YAY!! Thank you so much for coming back to let me know. I’m so glad you liked it!

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    lisa g. — January 13, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Hi! Wow im making these. Can I use Bakers brand (baking) white chocolate? Its available in a rectangle box with 8, one ounce bars.
    Also is the white chocolate taste prominant in the bars? Thank u!

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