No Bake Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

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No Bake Raspberry Cheesecake Bars are just delightful — with a graham cracker crust, a layer of fresh raspberry, a fluffy cheesecake filling, and a swath of dark chocolate on top — what could be better?

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I found the inspiration for this recipe on my friend Tricia’s site, Saving Room for Dessert.  I was drawn to her pie with these same pretty layers and had to make it my own.  These are simple ingredients with a big payoff.

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For the all important fruity layer I used a mix of regular red and gold raspberries that I found at the farmers market. Whenever I lightly stew or roast fresh summer fruit I’m reminded that it’s a killer way to enjoy it.  I’d love to know the science behind it, because somehow the brief cooking enhances the flavor of these berries tenfold.

TIP:  Raspberries come in several different colors, and the yellow or golden ones have a sweeter, less tart, and slightly floral flavor.

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That little layer of raspberry really holds its own in this dessert and elevates a basic cheesecake bar to something special.  I usually encourage  substitutions in my recipes, and I would normally tell you to go ahead and use whatever fruit or berries you like, but in this case I really think raspberries work best, their flavor is bright and tangy and perfect for these bars.  I suppose you could use a good jam in place of the fresh berries, but it would be much sweeter, and you’d lose that wonderful fresh taste.

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The cheesecake filling is fairly soft, so it’s important that you serve these well chilled.  Even when chilled it will be on the soft side, so expect that.

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More raspberry love:

*This No Bake Raspberry Cheesecake Bars recipe adapted from Saving Room for Dessert.

No Bake Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

Yield: makes 9 bars

Ingredients

    crust
  • 1 packet (about 9) full graham crackers
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar, packed
    raspberry layer
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
    cheesecake filling
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped to firm peaks
    chocolate topping
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (or use dark chocolate chips)
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Instructions

  1. I lightly spray and then line my 9x9 square baking pan with 2 criss-crossed sheets of parchment paper, with long ends hanging over the sides. This is totally optional, but it allows me to remove the chilled bars and cut them more easily.
  2. Crush the graham crackers into a fine crumb. I do this in my food processor. I find that it helps to break up the crackers a bit first before adding to the machine. Pulse in the sugar, and then drizzle in the butter and process or mix until all the crumbs are moist.
  3. Pat the crust evenly into a 9x9 square baking pan. Pop this is the refrigerator while you make the fillings.
  4. Put the raspberries, sugar, and cornstarch in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium and cook this mixture for about 2 minutes, or just until thickened, stirring often. Add a touch of water if it seems very dry, and mash the raspberries a bit as you stir. Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes. Spread the cooled raspberries over the crust and put back in the refrigerator.
  5. Whip the cream to firm peaks in a small bowl. In another bowl beat the softened cream cheese with the sugar and vanilla until smooth. Fold in the whipped cream gently. Spread over the top of the raspberries. Chill for an hour.
  6. Melt the chocolate with the butter and stir until smooth and silky. You can do this over the stove or in the microwave. Set aside and let cool for 10 minute. then drizzle over the top of the cream cheese, using an offset spatula to gently spread it over the top. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
  7. Serve chilled.
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notes:

  • It’s a little detail, but I don’t steamroll my graham cracker crust when I put it in the pan, I pat it firmly but with a light hand.  I don’t want it to be rock solid, I like to see the crumb texture in the final product.  If you like a firmer foundation for your bars, by all means pack the crust into the pan with more pressure.
  • The butter in the topping makes it a little easier to cut through than if it were plain chocolate, but if you’re type A, you may want to run your knife under hot water, (and dry it) before slicing.  Also, be aware that the soft filling will tend to squish out if you apply too much pressure, so I found it helpful to use the sharp tip of the knife to pierce the chocolate first, and then finish the slices.

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29 Comments

  • Reply
    Amanda
    February 11, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Super delicious! In case you’re super lazy like me, I just boiled raspberry jam for the sauce layer. It was really good. I added a tablespoon of sugar with it but that is optional. It sweetened the tart flavor

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    Karly
    July 19, 2016 at 8:45 am

    All the sweet dessert lovin’ without the oven! So perfect for hot summer nights and so beautiful! I must try this ASAP!

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    cakespy
    July 19, 2016 at 4:15 am

    Perfect. Just perfect.

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    Katherine | Omnivore's Cookbook
    July 18, 2016 at 6:40 am

    Looks fantastic! My mouth is watering.

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    Rosemary Wolbert | Sprigs of Rosemary
    July 15, 2016 at 5:40 am

    Cheesecake, chocolate and raspberries? Together? What’s not to love?!? Raspberries have to be my favorite — in fact, I just made a raspberry pie. I’m always a little disappointed with berry pies, though, because try as I might, there’s always a little runny — tasty, but runny. I should have used my “secret ingredient” KAF thickener, but I thought I’d try the non-cheater’s way. (Cheating’s okay.)

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 15, 2016 at 5:56 am

      Oh wow, a raspberry pie sounds decadently delicious, you’ve just inspired me Rosemary :)

      • Reply
        Sue
        July 15, 2016 at 5:56 am

        Oh, and my friend Tricia from Saving Room for Dessert swears by adding grated apple to berry pies to thicken them up…

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          Colleen
          April 13, 2017 at 5:41 am

          I have done that for years. Works great in BlackBerry cobbler.

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    July 14, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Today is a triple digit day and these bars are just what I need.. gorgeous layers!

  • Reply
    Patty
    July 14, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    This looks sooooo yummy!!!! :))))) Will definitely try preparing one myself :)

  • Reply
    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    July 14, 2016 at 3:27 am

    Gorgeous layers! These bars look magnificent!

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    cheri
    July 13, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    We have someone here in town that grows several kinds of raspberries and he plays classical music to them so many hours a day. Not sure if that helps but his berries are delicious. Love this dessert Sue, chocolate and raspberry are perfect together.

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    Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners
    July 13, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Oh my gosh, look at those perfect little berries sitting on top of that chocolate deliciousness! Raspberry and chocolate are my all time fav combo and the season has just opened at the farms so I’ll be gobbling them up this weekend.
    I love the golden raspberries, Sue, and your photos are making me so darn hungry! Sharing :)

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    Amy O'Donnell
    July 13, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Lordy. . .chocolate and raspberry, with a bonus of no bake. How can this be bad??

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 13, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      It can’t be, Amy, it can’t be… ;)

  • Reply
    sippitysup
    July 13, 2016 at 11:26 am

    You were inspired by Tricia and now I’m inspired by you… GREG

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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    July 13, 2016 at 9:11 am

    We’ve had wonderful raspberries this year! And have been using them in everything. Except anything cheesecake-related. Love these bars — so rich and luscious. Thanks!

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    Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
    July 13, 2016 at 7:49 am

    This look great, and I love it that they are no bake. A perfect treat and chocolate and raspberries go so well together

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    Lisa @garlicandzest.com
    July 13, 2016 at 7:21 am

    These are beautiful pictures and those bars look downright dangerous to my waistline — no self control!

  • Reply
    Marianne | Basil & Bubbly
    July 13, 2016 at 7:21 am

    I’m all about no-bake right now, and these look like the perfect no-bake treat to finish off an oven-free dinner!

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 13, 2016 at 7:49 am

      What a fun idea, I’d love to plan an oven free day of meals!

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    Annemarie @ justalittlebitofbacon
    July 13, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Yum! I want one right now! I haven’t seen golden raspberries in a long time, but we do have some beautiful red ones at the farmer’s market here, which I think would be wonderful in these bars.

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    Chris Scheuer
    July 13, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Yum, just looking at that first picture made my mouth start watering! Chocolate and raspberries are a match made in heaven and these bars definitely sound heavenly!

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 13, 2016 at 6:54 am

      Thanks Chris, that’s what happened to me when I saw Tricia’s pie!

  • Reply
    Sherri @ Watch Learn Eat
    July 13, 2016 at 6:26 am

    First, I must say these photos are gorgeous! This recipe sounds amazing! I absolutely love that it’s no bake. And I never knew about the different colored raspberries. That’s great to know because I LOVE raspberries! :)

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    July 13, 2016 at 6:20 am

    Raspberry, chocolate and no-bake. Win, win, win :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 13, 2016 at 6:36 am

      I’m going through a raspberry phase right now, I’m obsessed with their flavor!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    July 13, 2016 at 5:11 am

    Sue these are just gorgeous! I want some of these beautiful golden raspberries – and can’t wait to try them. I’ve had purple, black and red raspberries but never golden. I love these bars and the way you leave the crust a little less packed – that is a great idea. The colors are great and the bars are mouthwatering!

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 13, 2016 at 6:37 am

      Thanks for the wonderful recipe, Tricia. My favorites are wild black raspberries, yum!

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