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Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars

A delicious and easy to make cheesecake bar with a strawberry swirl, and a graham cracker crust.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
refrigeration2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheesecake Bars, Strawberry Swirl

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs 2 sleeves
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • ½ cup melted butter

Strawberry swirl mixin:

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • ¼ cup Karo syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon Argo corn starch

Cheesecake

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup strawberry greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Crust:

  • Place 2 sleeves of graham crackers into a food processor, and process until in crumble form, you want a good fine grind.
  • Pour graham cracker crumbles into a bowl.
  • Melt ½ cup of butter in a microwave safe dish in the microwave. Cover so it won’t splatter.
  • Add ½ cup melted butter and ¼ cup sugar to bowl with graham cracker crumble.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Line a 9x9 baking pan with foil and pour graham cracker mixture into the pan, use the back of a spoon or your hand to press the mixture to compact it into the bottom to form a crust.
  • Set aside.

Strawberry Swirl Mix-in:

  • Clean and cut tops off strawberries
  • Add them to a small saucepan with ¼ cup Karo Syrup.
  • Cook over medium heat and use a wooden spoon to smash the berries. Cook until berries are easy to break up and sauce has started to thicken.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in 1 tablespoon of Argo cornstarch.
  • Return to heat, and cook, stirring frequently until it reaches the consistency between a jam and a jelly. Not too runny, but not as thick as a jelly. This should take about 3-4 minutes.
  • Set aside.

Cheesecake

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together cheesecake ingredients until combined and smooth. For best results, beat cream cheese and sugar together first, then add the rest.

Assemble:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Spread cheesecake filling on top of the crust that is in the baking dish and spoon strawberry topping over into dollops, then use a toothpick, knife, or skewer to swirl topping into the cheesecake mix.
  • Bake for 45 -60 minutes at 325 degrees F, until edges are just starting to turn brown and middle no longer wobbles. Depending on your oven this typically take about 55-60 minutes, but start checking them at 45 minutes.
  • Cool completely.
  • Refrigerate 2-3 hours before cutting the bars.
  • Enjoy