Black Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

black raspberry cheesecake bars

Nothing beats FREE when you’re on a shoestring budget, and the black raspberries growing wild in our back yard and the surrounding farm fields definitely fit the bill.  We pick as many as we can, and I use them to make homemade jam (see a super easy jam recipe HERE), then flash freeze whatever’s left to use in muffins, coffee cake, or smoothies.

By far, our favorite black raspberry recipe is the one for these cheesecake bars.  They’re simple to make, but are so pretty and delicious that they make a special dessert to take somewhere to share with friends.  These could also be made with store-bought jam, or with other flavors of jam if you don’t have black raspberries handy.  Enjoy!

Black Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

Crust:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar

Mix ingredients together in a food processor to form a crumbly mixture (or cut the butter in by hand).  Set aside 1 cup of the crust mixture, and press the remainder into a greased 9 x 13 pan.  Bake at 300° for 15 minutes.  While it bakes, make the filling:

Cheesecake Filling

  • 2 8-oz packages cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (secret ingredient–makes it sooo yummy!
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup black raspberry jam (or any other favorite flavor)

Blend together all ingredients except the jam until smooth (I just use the food processor after the crust mixture is done).  Spread jam evenly across the baked crust.  Pour cream cheese mixture on top of the jam and spread evenly.  Sprinkle the reserved 1 cup of crust mixture over the top of the cream cheese mixture.  Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes (top will be lightly golden brown).  Cool and cut into squares.

 

*As I looked over the ingredient list, I realized that most of the items in this recipe (besides the jam) I usually buy at Aldi–cream cheese, butter, eggs, flour, sugar, brown sugar, sometimes milk (if it’s less than Rite Aid)…all those are on my Aldi shopping list when I go once or twice a month.  Any other Aldi shoppers out there?  What to you like?

Black Raspberry Cheesecake Bar Recipe

Comments

  1. Kathy says

    Can’t wait to try the recipe – Thanks! I LOVE Aldi for the basics (when I can’t coupon for them of course!) I’ve never had a problem with any of their products – I did alot of stocking up for the 4th last week when their hamburger and hotdog buns were .79 – can’t beat that!

  2. maria says

    love aldi! it’s amazing how much more you can get for your money and most of their products are made by name brand companies. such as – quaker, smuckers, shearer’s, entenmann’s. love that store!

  3. kirsten says

    Love Aldi-I happened by one morning last month when they were giving away pints of blueberries for 49 cents! I bought so many that week, froze them on trays and moved to freezer bags, and we are set for blueberries until next summer.

    This looks like a delicious bar and I’m planning on using up some of the apple butter I’ve got in the pantry in place of jam. I bet it will go great! Thanks for the recipe link from $5 dinners.

  4. sue killgore says

    Our Aldi store always has the cheapest and best tortilla chips, produce, and good hamburger meat. i can’t beat their prices anywhere else. And it is so fast to shop there.

  5. Dawn says

    I love Aldi. Their produce is great! Ours is closed for a remodel and boy have our grocery bills jumped! Can’t wait for them to reopen. Also cant wait to try this recipe!

  6. Kristen Vitale says

    I love Aldi. Between there and Giant Eagle for double coupons I really don’t shop too many other places. Our go to for fresh produce is this little fresh market close by and they have the best quality, selection and prices around.

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