A Monday Recipe: Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

These are unbelievably good, but I think the weight of the "goodness" falls on the quality and flavor of the blueberry jam in the recipe. I used my homemade blueberry preserves for this. I will put my changes to the recipe in parenthesis after the ingredient.


6T butter, melted
2c graham cracker crumbs (one "packet")
8 oz cream cheese, softened
3/4c sugar
2 large eggs
1t vanilla
1 8oz jar blueberry jam (I used 2 pint jars of preserves)
1c blueberries

Preheat the oven to 350f. Pour melted butter into 9x13 pan (a smaller pan would be better, IMO..this is why I had to use so much preserves and my 'cheesecake' was so thin).

Sprinkle crumbs evenly over the butter and pat down firmly for the crust. Beat the cream cheese until smooth, then add sugar, eggs and vanilla. Beat until smooth and well blended and set aside. Stir jam inside of jar to soften, then spread over the crust (IMO, the crust is to crumbly for any spreading to happen.

I used small teaspoons-ful then mashed them down). Sprinkle with the fresh blueberries. Top with cream cheese mixture. I had to pour this slowly in a small stream in order to cover the filling. In a smaller pan, this wouldn't be as much of an issue.

Bake 30 minutes or until slightly puffed up and set. Cool completely in pan. Refrigerate leftovers.



Michelle said...

Hmm, so are you saying that my crappy/runny blueberry jam might not work? ;)

Jacki said...

ha ha, your will probably work better! Mine was way too thick to spread so I had to use 2 jars. As long as it has good flavor, I don't think the consistency matters.

Michelle said...

Ok, I think I'm finally going to make these this week. After re-reading the part about the bars being too thin, do you think I'd be better off using a 9x9 pan? Or maybe doubling the cream cheese filling? I don't mind using up an extra jar or two of jam;) Also, do you think these would pack well? Thinking about making them for E's teachers.

Jacki said...

I think a smaller pan would help, and I can't imagine that doubling the cream cheese part would be a bad thing...lol!! Yes, once these are cooked they are set up pretty well, so they outta be ok.


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