Strawberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars (gluten-free, whole grain options)

These strawberry white chocolate cheesecake bars have a rich and dense white chocolate cheesecake filling and a homemade chocolate cookie-like crust! Can be made with all-purpose, gluten-free, or whole wheat flour.

I think white chocolate and berries is probably my favorite flavor combination ever. And in these strawberry white chocolate cheesecake bars? Oh, man. So, so delicious, especially with that nice layer of strawberry jam on top!

Strawberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars {can be made with all-purpose flour but also has a gluten-free and whole grain option}

I used seedless store-bought jam in these but if I hadn’t wanted to take pictures, I would have used this homemade honey sweetened strawberry jam. I definitely prefer the flavor but the lumps in homemade jam just aren’t all that appealing. I’ve used that recipe in cheesecake bars before and it works perfectly!

Strawberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars {can be made with all-purpose, gluten-free or whole grain flour}

The first time I made these, I swirled the jam into the cheesecake layer. The first problem with that is that I’m not a good swirler. It looked pretty bad before I even put the bars in the oven. But when they came out, the white cheesecake had mixed with the red jam to not create a pretty pink color as one would expect, but an unpleasant brownish red.

Nope! Wasn’t going to post that. Especially since I came up with these strawberry white chocolate cheesecake bars as something to post over on My Baking Addiction! I always want those pictures to look especially nice. ;) So next time I just spread on an even layer of seedless strawberry jam and not only do they look a ton better, but there’s most strawberry flavor. Score!

Strawberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars {can be made with all-purpose flour but also has a gluten-free and 100% whole grain option}

If you don’t have strawberry jam on hand, these cheesecake bars are just as amazing with raspberry jam! I’m thinking blueberry jam would also be a thing of magic.

So what are y’all doing for Valentine’s Day? I use it as an excuse to bake something extra decadent like these cheesecake bars and spend a little more time with Mr. Texanerin. We both work from home but usually only stop working and get together for some TV time around 10:30 pm. Including weekends! So, yeah. I’ll take any excuse I can get for more together-time. ;) Whether or not you celebrate Valentine’s Day, I hope you have a great weekend!

Strawberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars (gluten-free, whole grain options)

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  • Yield: 12 bars

Ingredients

    For the crust:

  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) raw sugar or granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (62 grams) whole wheat flour, buckwheat flour1 for a gluten-free version, or all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (58 grams) Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 5 1/2 tablespoons (77 grams) unsalted butter, melted
  • For the cheesecake filling:

  • 1 pound (450 grams) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) raw sugar or granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup (6 ounces / 170 grams) white chocolate chips or chopped white chocolate, melted
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (215 grams) seedless strawberry jam

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175 °C) and line an 8"x8" pan with a piece of parchment paper. Note that this crust recipe does not work in a regular pie pan - only as bars.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Stir in the melted butter until well combined. If you have difficulties incorporating the butter, use your hands. The mixture will be sticky.
  3. Press the mixture onto the bottom of the prepared pan and bake for 10 minutes. When you remove it from the oven, the crust will still be quite soft but will harden a little as it cools. Let cool for at least 15 minutes while preparing the cheesecake.
  4. Reduce the temperature to 325°F (163 °C).
  5. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla, salt and melted white chocolate and beat on low until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating on low after each addition. Do not over mix. Pour evenly over the prepared crust and spread the jam evenly over the top.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until the center jiggles just slightly when the pan is tapped.
  7. Let cool completely, about 2 hours, and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
  8. Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

Notes

  1. Buckwheat is naturally gluten-free but not all buckwheat is manufactured in a gluten-free facility. Make sure it's certified gluten-free!

Source: My post on My Baking Addiction – Strawberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Recipe by  | www.texanerin.com

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22 comments on “Strawberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars (gluten-free, whole grain options)” — Add one!

  • lizzanne says
    October 14, 2016 @ 6:57 pm

    HI, I am new to baking and I would like to know if you used a sheet pan? How would you remove the cheese cake to cut if not? thank you!

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    • Erin replies to lizzanne
      October 14, 2016 @ 8:44 pm

      Hi there! You use the parchment paper to remove it from the pan. Place a whole piece in there and then once the cheesecake has cooled and chilled, you can use it to remove the bars from the pan. Or you can just cut them in the pan without issue. :) Hope you’ll enjoy them!

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  • Renee says
    August 11, 2016 @ 8:17 pm

    I agree with the others. The first thought that came to mind was:that has to be the most gorgeous cheesecake cut I have ever seen.

    The combination of brown, white and red makes it so tempting.

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    • Erin replies to Renee
      August 12, 2016 @ 8:40 pm

      Aww, thanks! So nice of you to say. I hope you get a chance to try them as they’re also quite yummy. ;)

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  • Nutmeg Nanny says
    February 15, 2016 @ 4:14 am

    I LOVING the look of these cheesecake bars. I’m with you on the lumps and bumps of traditional jam – I love it! However, I think these bars really do look a showstopper with that smooth strawberry topping.

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  • Melissa from Hungry Food Love says
    February 12, 2016 @ 8:36 pm

    Can these squares be more perfect? wow I am drooling

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  • Angie says
    February 12, 2016 @ 7:01 pm

    These look amazing. I love cheesecake and strawberries! What a perfect Valentine’s Day treat!

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    • Erin replies to Angie
      February 15, 2016 @ 9:40 pm

      Same here! Such a yummy combination.

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  • Paula - bell'alimento says
    February 12, 2016 @ 6:13 pm

    That is seriously a perfectly cut bar. Gorgeous.

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  • Angie | Big Bear's Wife says
    February 12, 2016 @ 5:31 pm

    Pinning this now because it’s beautiful! mmm Now I love the strawberry jam but I bet these would be so good with your suggestion of the blueberry jam too!

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  • Stephanie says
    February 12, 2016 @ 3:34 am

    These look so delicious and you squares are so stinkin perfect!!

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    • Erin replies to Stephanie
      February 15, 2016 @ 9:43 pm

      Thanks! They were just really easy to cut. :)

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  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes says
    February 12, 2016 @ 12:10 am

    I also am a huge fan of white chocolate and berries! Love this so much!

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  • The Food Hunter says
    February 11, 2016 @ 10:55 pm

    This sounds amazing! I want to make them for a brunch I am having.

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  • Lauren Kelly Nutrition says
    February 11, 2016 @ 10:30 pm

    Ok, i need to know, how in the world do you get your cuts so perfect?! I am in love with these bars. And I love buckwheat!

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