Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars

These Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars with a buttery shortbread crust are the perfect summer treat.

My kids and I have a summer bucket list with 101 things to do this summer. They’re free simple things like put on a magic show, play hopscotch, or go on a scavenger hunt. So whenever I hear, “Mom, I don’t have anything to do”, we consult the list and off they go. I think we may cross off our list earlier than later.

I’ve been all about blueberry treats lately. These blueberry lemon cheesecake bars have oodles of lemon zest in them for a bright and creamy flavor.
Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars - summer flavors with a shortbread crust. {The Girl Who Ate Everything}
Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars - summer flavors with a shortbread crust. {The Girl Who Ate Everything}
A fresh blueberry sauce is simmered and then swirled on top of the cheesecake filling.
Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars - summer flavors with a shortbread crust. {The Girl Who Ate Everything} Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars - summer flavors with a shortbread crust. {The Girl Who Ate Everything}

Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars
 
Ingredients
Crust:
  • 1¼ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 heaping Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Blueberry Filling:
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
Cream Cheese Layer:
  • 2 (8-oz) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line a 9 x 13 pan with parchment paper. I sprayed my pan lightly with cooking spray just to be sure it didn't stick.
  2. For the crust: Beat the butter, sugar, and lemon zest until creamy. Add the flour and salt and beat until combined. Press dough into bottom of prepared pan and bake 15 minutes.
  3. For the filling: Combine blueberries with brown sugar, 2 tablespoons lemon zest, and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until berries are just soft, 5 - 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  4. For the cream cheese layer: Beat cream cheese, sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla together. Add in the eggs, one at a time, until combined. Scrape cream cheese mixture onto warm crust and smooth top. Dollop blueberry mixture randomly over top of cream cheese layer. Gently pull a knife tip through the top to create swirls.
  5. Bake on the middle rack of the oven until filling is set, about 30-40 minutes. Cool and refrigerate for a couple hours until chilled. Slice and serve.
Notes
Source: adapted from Jen's Random Scraps

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Christy is the voice behind The Girl Who Who Ate Everything! She is no stranger to making meals that kids and adults will love. She grew up in Mesa, Arizona as the youngest of ten kids. She can always be found in her kitchen with music playing and cooking with her kids. She published her first cookbook in 2014. She loves party food that gets the conversations going!

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  1. lemon zest in that buttery delicious crust?! YUM and that creamy dreamy cheesecake filling studded with those berries! This is definitely going on my summer baking to-do list! Wonder if I can use frozen berries?

  2. These look so yummy. I love cheesecake. I just wish hubby liked blueberries Guess I could always 1/2 the recipe, put in smaller pan and have the whole pan of bars to myself :}
    Thanks 4 sharing this wonderful cheesecake bar recipe

  3. How gorgeous are these bars!? I am in love (read: obsessed) with cheesecake…especially blueberry cheesecake. I actually eat blueberry oatmeal with cream cheese in it every morning!
    These bars are definitely being introduced to my face ASAP. Pinning!

  4. Those look and sound absolutely amazing! I’m not a huge dessert person but I think you just changed my mind. 😉

  5. I happen to be allergic to blueberries, do you think this recipe would work with fresh blackberries? In your opinion, would I need to make any alterations if I used blackberries?

    It looks delicious!! Hope to try them soon!!

  6. Oh Christy, I love that you made these! This is such an amazing recipe… and your photos are gorgeous!!

  7. currently, I’m mildly obsessed with blueberries, so I’m completely loving these bars! pinned them!

  8. to-do lists full of fun are the best kind. i wouldn’t mind having these on my to-do list!

  9. These look so beautiful Christy! Such a perfect summer dessert. I always love when blueberries are paired with a little lemon. Perfect to bring to a picnic or BBQ!

  10. Thank you so much for sharing these recipes..I’ve had nothing but a great response to everything I make from your website. The pictures are beautiful as well!

  11. I just made this and put it in the oven! I can’t wait to see what it tastes like. I want to try and make it with strawberries too! I have one question… my blueberry filling came out really runny/watery. I didn’t add anything extra to it. I was afraid to add all the liquid so I left a lot of it out… and even leaving some of the liquid out it pooled on top of the cream cheese. What did I do wrong? Thank you!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Hmm. Maybe you had some really juicy blueberries! You could leave some of the liquid out for next time. I’m not sure. Mine was really thick.

  12. You can’t go wrong with blueberries, cream cheese, and lemon! I can’t get enough lemony flavor so when the Eureka lemons are harvested, I juice and then zest 20+ # at once. Store the zest with a few tablespoonsful of sugar in the freezer. The sugar draws out the essential oil: it stays as good as freshly-grated zest year round. Thanks!

  13. I made these Sunday –they were delicious! Thanks for sharing

  14. Hi Christy, I just discovered your amazing food blog! Wow! Your blueberry lemon cheesecake looks so yummy that it has to go into my tummy! 🙂 It really looks fantastic! Plus I’m such a cheesecake lover that I’m definitely going to try out this recipe! Thank you for sharing! And the quality of your photos are really good, too!
    Wishing you a lovely weekend!
    – Lale

  15. These were AMAZING! I love blueberries and lemon…add two more favorites–cheesecake and a shortbread-like crust–and I am in heaven. Brought these to a family gathering and everyone loved them! Thanks for an amazing recipe!

  16. Hey Christy, Hats off to you for nailing it. I really loved this recipe. This is my first time to try it and I’m glad that I made it. All of my friends loved it as well.

  17. Did you mash the berries before adding them to the cheesecake? I followed your recipe but the blueberries remained whole.
    Thanks!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      As I cooked them they broke down so there was no need to mash. You could definitely mash them if you want. It think it would work either way.