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!
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!
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 more strawberry flavor. Score!
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
- 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
- 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
For the crust:
For the cheesecake filling:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Reduce the temperature to 325°F (163 °C).
- 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.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until the center jiggles just slightly when the pan is tapped.
- Let cool completely, about 2 hours, and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
- Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
- 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
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Oh dear…something went very wrong with the jam being added, did others wait until the cheesecake was fully cooked before adding it? My instinct said wait and I ignored it due to the instructions 😞. Now at nearly 45 minutes into the bake I have an overdone cracked outer edge and a saucy soupy center that is definitely not done. I’ve never had a recipe from here not turn out…I have just enough ingredients to make another, waiting to add the jam this time or for others to chime in on how they made it work…
Hello! I’m sorry you’re having issues. You don’t want to add the jam after it’s baked. It would just be a layer of raw jam on top of baked cheesecake. I’ve made this recipe several times and never had an issue. Did you make any subs or changes at all to the recipe? Anything at all? What kind of jam are you using? I hope we can figure out the issue. I’ll be going to bed in about 2 hours, though, as I live 6 hours ahead of ET.
I love everything about these bars – chocolate, white chocolate, strawberries… SO, so good!
Thanks! I totally agree. ;)
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!
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!
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.
Aww, thanks! So nice of you to say. I hope you get a chance to try them as they’re also quite yummy. ;)
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.
Thanks, Brandy! :)
Can these squares be more perfect? wow I am drooling
Thanks a bunch, Melissa! :)
These look amazing. I love cheesecake and strawberries! What a perfect Valentine’s Day treat!
Same here! Such a yummy combination.
That is seriously a perfectly cut bar. Gorgeous.
It’s rarity for me, really. :D
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!
I can’t wait to try a blueberry version! And thanks for pinning. :)
These look so delicious and you squares are so stinkin perfect!!
Thanks! They were just really easy to cut. :)
I also am a huge fan of white chocolate and berries! Love this so much!
Aren’t they just the best together?!
This sounds amazing! I want to make them for a brunch I am having.
I hope your guests will enjoy them!
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!
They were honestly just really easy to cut! :)