A blondie base, soft and tangy cheesecake centre and fresh, vibrant strawberry topping make these Strawberry Cheesecake Bars the perfect sunny day treat. Loaded with strawberry flavour, these will have everyone coming back for more.

5 blondies on a plate surrounded by crumbs. Berries in the background

So this is what a light cheesecake on top of blondies, covered in homemade strawberry topping then baked looks like. I’m here to say Strawberry Cheesecake Bars taste as good as they look too.

The name started off as Lemon-Strawberry Cheesecake Blondies but it seemed too long winded, so I dropped the lemon and blondie and here we are. All the goodness is still locked in there though.

A stack of 4 lemon berry cheesecake blondies

There is so many things right with this recipe. The texture of dense blondie base and creamy cheesecake feels luxurious and the bright, sweet strawberry topping just makes you think of sunshine. 

The cheesecake layer is an adaptation on my Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars (my first foray into the cheesecake bar world). That slice was such a hit that I knew this one would be a winner too.

One of the greatest parts of a cheesecake bar is the fact that they are portable and need no cutlery. These strawberry cheesecake bars are delicate so you could certainly serve these with a dessert fork on cute little dessert plate but if no one’s looking, just grab one.

A batch of blondies with chocolate chips and raspberries on a wire rackHow to make Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

Yes, there are 3 layers but each one is very simple – especially the blondie and the cheesecake. The whole lot is layered in an 8×8 inch square baking tin and baked, then you’ll need to be patient while they cool and set in the fridge for a few hours before slicing into them.

Start by making the strawberry topping, then set it aside. You can substitute this for store-bought strawberry pie filling if you like but my preference is always to make things from scratch. It can be made with fresh or frozen berries. 

Blondie batter pressed into the base of a pink, square baking tin

  1. Mix together the dry ingredients for the blondie in one bowl, then the wet in another. Combine them together and mix it all together.
  2. Spread it out into the base of square baking tin.

A pink square baking tin showing the top layer of strawberry sauce over cheesecake

  1. The cheesecake ingredients all get mixed together in one bowl, then spread over the top of the blondie mix.
  2. Top that with the strawberry topping and a little of the blondie mix then bake it for around 50 minutes.

That’s all there is to it. The cheesecake will have a slight wobble but it will set fully in the fridge.

Feel free to change to a different type of berry or even mixed berries too.

How to store Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

These are best eaten as fresh as possible. They’ll keep for 2-3 days but the strawberry topping may start to seep into the cheesecake layer. Store them in the fridge in an airtight container.

You can also freeze them and actually eat them as a frozen treat in summer 🙂

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A hand reaching in to pick up a strawberry cheesecake bar off a grey tile

So I’m off to finish off the last of my Strawberry Cheesecake Bars, with my hands of course, since no one’s looking. I recommend you make some soon. 

 

A cheesecake bar topped with strawberry topping sitting on a white background surrounded by strawberries and more bars

Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

5 from 3 votes
A blondie base, soft and tangy cheesecake centre and fresh, vibrant strawberry topping make these Strawberry Cheesecake Bars the perfect sunny day treat. Loaded with strawberry flavour, these will have everyone coming back for more.

Ingredients

FOR THE STRAWBERRY TOPPING

  • 3 cups quartered strawberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons corn flour (cornstarch)
  • 2 tablespoons water

FOR THE BLONDIE BASE

  • cup  (130g / 4.5oz) plain (all-purp) flour
  • 1/4  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4  cup  (57g / 1/2 stick) unsalted butter melted
  • teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • large egg, room temp

FOR THE CHEESECAKE LAYER

  • 250  (9oz) cream cheese softened
  • ¼  cup  sugar
  • egg
  • teaspoons  vanilla extract
  • ¼  cup  sour cream
  • Zest of one lemon
  • A few fresh strawberries for topping, chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 180C / 350F / 160C fan forced. Line an 8x8 inch square baking tin with baking paper

FOR THE STRAWBERRY TOPPING

  • Place the strawberries, lemon juice, zest and sugar into a heavy based saucepan over low heat. Heat gently, stirring occasionally, for around 15 minutes until the strawberries are soft and the juice has thickened slightly.
  • Mix the corn flour with 2 tablespoons of water, then mix it in to the strawberries while whisking. Cook for a further 2 minutes at a simmer while it thickens. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely..

FOR THE BLONDIE BASE

  • Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and both sugars in a bowl and mix well until there are no lumps left.
  • Add the melted butter, egg and vanilla and mix until just combined.
  • Reserve quarter cup of the mixture and spread the rest into the base of the prepared tin.

FOR THE CHEESECAKE LAYER

  • Using a handheld beater, beat together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth and creamy. Add the egg and beat until fully combined. Add the vanilla and sour cream and stir through with a spatula.
  • Pour the cheesecake mixture over the blondie and level out.
  • Pour the strawberry topping over the cheesecake then scatter over the remaining blondie mix.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes until nicely golden on top and it looks a bit wobbly in the centre when you shake it.
  • Let it cool in the tin for 1/2 an hour before placing in the fridge to set for 2 hours.
  • Use the baking paper to lift it out of the tin, cut into 9 squares and scatter over the chopped fresh strawberries.

Notes

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Extreme closeup of a strawberry cheesecake bar showing the 3 layers - blondie, cheesecake, strawberry topping