Lemon Swirl Cheesecake Bars


Creamy cheesecake is swirled with sweet, tangy lemon curd in this delicious and crowd-pleasing dessert.

Creamy cheesecake is swirled with sweet, tangy lemon curd in this delicious and crowd-pleasing dessert.

Lemon Swirl Cheesecake Bars: creamy cheesecake is swirled with sweet, tangy lemon curd in this delicious and crowd-pleasing dessert.

Lemon Swirl Cheesecake Bars

There is nothing casual about my relationship with cheesecake. I come from a family full of avowed cheesecake fanatics– it’s our communal favorite dessert. Even so, we usually save it for special occasions: birthdays, holidays, anniversaries… If it’s time to celebrate something, chances are we’re having cheesecake!

This is one of our favorite ways to eat it– the rich cheesiness works so well with the tartness of the lemon. Use store-bought lemon curd or make your own!


Lemon Swirl Cheesecake Bars

Yield: 10-12 bars

Lemon Swirl Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients

  • 5-6 graham cracker sheets
  • 3-4 tablespoons almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 16 oz. Neufchâtel cheese, room temperature
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup baking stevia, or more powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1-2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼-1/3 cup lemon curd

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°; line an 8x8 pan with aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray.
  2. In a food processor, crush the graham crackers into fine crumbs, then add the milk 1 tablespoon at a time until a dough-like consistency forms. Press the graham cracker crust firmly into the pan and set aside.
  3. Process the Neufchâtel cheese until smooth, then add the powdered sugar, stevia, cornstarch, lemon juice, and lemon and vanilla extracts until everything is evenly combined. Pour over the crust.
  4. Heat the lemon curd to a stirrable consistency. Drop spoonfuls over the top of the cheesecake and swirl it through with a knife.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes. Turn the oven off but allow the bars to sit inside it with the door closed for another 10.
  6. Remove from the oven and cool at room temperature for 30 minutes, then transfer to the fridge to chill for at least 6 hours before slicing.
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Lemon Swirl Cheesecake Bars: creamy cheesecake is swirled with sweet, tangy lemon curd in this delicious and crowd-pleasing dessert.

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97 comments

  1. Laura says:

    Courtney- this sounds and looks delicious.
    You are so talented and your photos always carry that message 🙂
    Thank you for being at TOHOT!

  2. CakePants says:

    I love cheesecake and I love lemon curd, so this looks like the perfect dessert for me! Confession: I once tried to make something like this but somehow the lemon curd layer ended up completely engulfed by the cheesecake layer and it was horribly unappealing to the eye (it tasted good, though!). I’ll have to give this a try sometime!

  3. lauraingallsgunn says:

    Oh you’ve combined two of my husbands favorites. I can’t wait o try it. Thank you so very much for joining us at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

  4. Kathryn says:

    What a beautiful cheesecake! Looks so creamy but also so light and fresh with that gorgeous lemon curd – yum!!

  5. AnnMarie says:

    I just love lemon bars so this is an elegant step up! We are cheesecake fanatics here too and I always love a new recipe as an excuse to make some. Pinning this!

  6. Farrah says:

    Ah, I’ve made a strawberry swirl cheesecake bar someeeewhat like this, but yay for lemon! <3 This sounds all sorts of delicious! <3 So pretty too! :]

  7. Theresa @ Shoestring Elegance says:

    This Looks wonderful! Yum! Thanks so much for sharing with us @ The What to do Weekends Party! Pinned and Shared! I can’t wait to try your recipe! 🙂

  8. Everyday Made Fresh says:

    I have been eating lot’s of lemon flavored everything at the moment. It just seems to be screaming summer at me, and these look/sound amazing! Thanks for sharing with us at The Wednesday Showcase!

  9. apoconant says:

    Thanks for linking up at Peace Love Linkup! Our next party starts tomorrow at 6, so stop on by and share some more great content! Hope to see you there! : )

  10. mistiehomespunengineer says:

    Oh, I love everything about this post and I have to make this recipe soon! Your photos are beautiful, but I love citrus desserts and especially cheesecake. Pinning!

  11. Miz Helen says:

    A beautiful Lemon Swirl Cheesecake Bar, it looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

  12. April R - Uncookie Cutter says:

    Courtney, these lemon bars look amazing! I love the cheesecake twist. Pinning! Thanks so much for linking up at You Link It, We Make It, hope to see you back tomorrow!

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