White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Bars
Exceptionally faster and simpler than a full cheesecake, these white chocolate raspberry cheesecake bars are luxuriously creamy, completely candy, and swirled with layers of do-it-yourself recent raspberry sauce. Baked in a 9-inch sq. pan, they sit on a buttery candy Oreo cookie crust and are stuffed with actual white chocolate.
This recipe began as a full cheesecake that went horribly flawed. I’m chalking it as much as poor selections within the recipe creation course of, but it surely (1) was too thick (2) overflowed and (3) burned across the edges (from the sugar within the white chocolate I consider?). It tasted superb, however I knew I may do higher particularly since my traditional cheesecake recipe is top-notch.
Critically, it’s REALLY good!
I didn’t actually have an event for a full cheesecake developing, nor did I wish to waste one other 2 lbs of cream cheese and raspberries, so I tossed the entire concept and opted for white chocolate raspberry cheesecake bars as an alternative. I all the time recognize cheesecake I can eat with my arms, plus these are simpler to serve to a crowd. 😉
Why You’ll Love These White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Bars:
- Simpler than a full cheesecake
- No messing with a water tub
- Faster to bake & chill than a full cheesecake
- Hand-held particular person servings
- Exceptionally creamy
- Made with actual white chocolate & raspberries
- Buttery Oreo cookie crust
Behind the Recipe
The place to begin for my white chocolate raspberry cheesecake bars was my lemon blueberry cheesecake bars. To this base, you’ll add actual melted white chocolate, an additional egg to assist stabilize that white chocolate, and a Tablespoon of flour to assist take in the additional liquid. Pour this on an Oreo cookie crust and swirl with layers of raspberry sauce.
Although these white chocolate raspberry cheesecake bars are simpler than a full cheesecake, there’s nonetheless a number of steps required earlier than baking. So you’ve an understanding of the method, let’s break down every element earlier than starting the recipe. I even have step-by-step images that can assist you visualize every.
Three Components to This Recipe:
- Raspberry Swirl
- Oreo Cookie Crust
- White Chocolate Cheesecake Filling
I like to recommend making ready the raspberry swirl first. Comprised of actual raspberries, this do-it-yourself sauce should calm down utterly earlier than swirling into the white chocolate cheesecake filling. I often stick it within the fridge for 1 hour to hurry up the cooling course of. Or you may make the raspberry sauce the night time earlier than.
- Combine some water and cornstarch collectively.
- Prepare dinner recent or frozen raspberries, sugar, and extra water collectively on the stovetop.
- Add cornstarch combination.
- As soon as barely thickened, take away from warmth.
- Press raspberries via a superb mesh strainer to rid the seeds. Discard the seeds.
- Let the seedless sauce cool utterly earlier than utilizing.
Oreo Cookie Crust
This recipe bakes in a 9-inch sq. baking pan, so use the identical Oreo cookie crust as my Snickers cheesecake bars. You want 20 Oreo cookies (Double Stuf or common) and 5 Tablespoons of melted butter. I’ve gotten away with 18 Oreos and Four Tablespoons of butter (as seen in my salted caramel chocolate chip cheesecakes), however I like this barely thicker crust for bars.
- Utilizing a meals processor or blender, pulse the Oreos (the entire Oreo– cookie AND filling) into crumbs.
- Combine with melted butter.
- Press right into a lined 9-inch sq. baking pan.
- Pre-bake for Eight minutes as you put together the filling.
White Chocolate Cheesecake Filling
Okay we’re virtually executed! Let’s make the cheesecake filling, then convey every element of this recipe collectively earlier than baking.
- Chop and soften pure white chocolate. Don’t use white chocolate chips/morsels. As a substitute, decide up two 4-ounce white chocolate baking bars from the baking aisle– I want Ghirardelli or Baker’s manufacturers bought proper subsequent to the chocolate chips. You want 6 ounces for this recipe. Cool the white chocolate as you make the batter.
- Because the white chocolate cools, beat two 8-ounce blocks of cream cheese with some sugar.
- Add flour, lemon juice to brighten up the in any other case flat taste (don’t fear, you don’t style the lemon), vanilla extract, and salt.
- Beat in 2 eggs.
- Add melted/cooled white chocolate.
Carry It All Collectively
- Pour half of of the cheesecake filling onto heat pre-baked Oreo cookie crust.
- Drizzle with half of of the cooled raspberry sauce.
- Pour remaining half of of the cheesecake filling on prime.
- Drizzle with remaining raspberry sauce.
- Swirl all the things along with a toothpick.
- Bake! No water tub required. The bars take about 32-36 minutes within the oven. They’ll puff up as they bake, then settle again down as they cool.
After cooling the bars at room temperature, place them within the fridge for no less than Three hours till sufficiently chilled. Chilly cheesecake bars not solely style higher, however they lower a lot simpler too. For neat slices, wipe your sharp knife clear between every lower.
This recipe yields 16 good squares. For a 9×13 inch pan of white chocolate raspberry cheesecake bars, see my recipe be aware under.
Three Success Ideas for White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Bars
- Learn By means of the Recipe: Included in my High 10 Baking Ideas is this important piece of baking recommendation: learn the recipe earlier than you start. Have all the things in place so that you don’t miss an vital ingredient or step.
- Take Your Time: Work on every element one after the other. This isn’t a recipe you’ll be able to rush as a result of the raspberry sauce and white chocolate should calm down earlier than utilizing.
- Chill the Cheesecake Bars: Like a full cheesecake, these bars should calm down and chill within the fridge earlier than slicing. Not like common cheesecake although, you don’t want to chill them within the cooling oven. And since they’re thinner, they take about half the time to chill down as a full cheesecake. That’s all the time a pleasant bonus!
PS: You may flip these into particular person mini cheesecakes. See my recipe be aware!
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Exceptionally faster and simpler than a full cheesecake, these white chocolate raspberry cheesecake bars are luxuriously creamy, completely candy, and swirled with layers of do-it-yourself recent raspberry sauce.
- 2 teaspoons room temperature water, divided
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 and half of cups (205g) recent or frozen raspberries (don’t thaw)
- 2 Tablespoons (25g) granulated sugar
- 20 Oreos (Common or Double Stuf)*
- 5 Tablespoons (75g) unsalted butter, melted
- 6 ounces (170g) white chocolate, finely chopped
- two 8-ounce blocks (16 oz; 450g) full-fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- 1/Three cup (65g) granulated sugar
- 1 Tablespoon (8g) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/Eight teaspoon salt
- 2 massive eggs, at room temperature
- Make & Cool the Raspberry Sauce: The raspberry sauce should calm down utterly earlier than utilizing, so I like to recommend making it first. Combine 1 teaspoon water with 1 teaspoon cornstarch in a really small bowl. Put aside. Mix raspberries, granulated sugar, and remaining 1 teaspoon of water collectively in a small saucepan over medium warmth. Stir the combination because it begins to prepare dinner, breaking apart among the raspberries as you stir. As soon as simmering, add the cornstarch combination. Proceed to stir and permit to simmer for Three minutes. Take away the pan from warmth and press via a superb mesh strainer to take away the seeds. Permit the skinny raspberry sauce to chill utterly earlier than utilizing. Cowl and retailer for as much as 1 week within the fridge.
- Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line the underside and sides of a 9-inch sq. baking pan (8-inch is just too small) with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on the perimeters to carry the completed bars out (makes chopping simpler!). Put aside.
- For the Crust: In a meals processor or blender, pulse the entire Oreos right into a superb crumb. Stir the cookie crumbs and melted butter collectively in a medium measurement bowl. Press tightly into the underside of the lined baking pan. Pre-bake for Eight minutes. Take away from the oven and put aside. Go away oven on.
- For the Filling: Soften the chopped white chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave. If utilizing the microwave: place the white chocolate in a medium heat-proof bowl. Soften in 20 second increments within the microwave, stirring after every increment till utterly melted and easy. Let the nice and cozy chocolate cool as you’re employed on the opposite cheesecake filling components. You may place it within the fridge, however simply don’t let it solidify!
- Utilizing a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and granulated sugar collectively on medium-high pace in a big bowl till the combination is easy and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the flour, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and salt, then beat till absolutely mixed. On medium pace, add the eggs one after the other, beating after every addition till simply blended. After the 2nd egg is included into the batter, cease mixing. Just a few small lumps can stay. Pour within the cooled (however nonetheless liquid) white chocolate. Beat on low pace simply till mixed.
- Pour half of the cheesecake filling onto the crust. It’s okay if the crust remains to be barely heat. Drizzle half of the raspberry sauce all around the prime. Unfold remaining cheesecake filling on prime. (It’s okay if the raspberry sauce has unfold to the perimeters or barely incorporates into the highest layer of cheesecake.) Drizzle remaining raspberry sauce on prime, then use a toothpick or knife to softly swirl all the things collectively.
- Bake for 32-36 minutes or till the cheesecake seems set on prime and the sides are evenly browned. The bars will likely be puffy, however will sink barely down as they cool. Place pan on a wire rack. Cool for 45 minutes at room temperature, then chill within the fridge for no less than Three hours (and as much as 1 day) earlier than slicing. If you happen to plan to relax the bars for longer, loosely cowl with aluminum foil after Three hours of chilling.
- To slice, carry the bars out of the pan as an entire utilizing the parchment overhang on the perimeters. Reduce into squares with a pointy knife. For additional neat squares, wipe the knife clear between every lower.
- Cowl and retailer leftover cheesecake bars within the fridge for as much as 1 week.
- Make-Forward & Freezing Directions: Put together the raspberry sauce as much as 1 week upfront. Cowl and refrigerate till prepared to make use of. Put together recipe via step 6 as much as 2 days upfront. Cowl unbaked cheesecake bars and retailer within the fridge till able to bake. Proceed with step 7. Since they’re chilly, bars will take a number of additional minutes to bake. To freeze– cool, chill, and slice bars as instructed. Freeze bars between layers of parchment paper for as much as Three months. Thaw in a single day within the fridge earlier than serving.
- Oreo Cookies: You want 20 complete Oreos, which pulse down into about 1 and half of cups of crumbs. You should use any chocolate wafer cookie so long as you’ve 1 and half of cups of crumbs. You may substitute 1 and half of cups of graham cracker crumbs. Use solely Four Tablespoons of butter for graham cracker crumbs.
- White Chocolate: Use 6 ounces of “baking chocolate” bars discovered within the baking aisle. They’re bought in Four ounce bars, so that you’ll want 2. (You’ll have 2 ounces leftover for one more use.) I want Bakers or Ghirardelli manufacturers. Don’t use sweet melts, white chocolate dipping wafers, or white chocolate chips– all comprise stabilizers or added components stopping them from combining evenly with the cheesecake filling.
- Lemon Juice: This recipe doesn’t style like lemon. The 1 teaspoon of lemon juice brightens up the in any other case flat white chocolate taste.
- Raspberry Jam: You may strive utilizing raspberry jam as an alternative of the do-it-yourself sauce. I like to recommend Three Tablespoons for every layer. (6 Tbsp whole)
- 9×13 inch or Full Cheesecake: For a 9×13 inch pan, you’ll be able to double the filling recipe. Don’t double the raspberry sauce or crust components. For the sauce, use Three teaspoons of water (1.5 teaspoons with the cornstarch, 1.5 teaspoons with the raspberries & sugar), 2 cups recent or frozen raspberries, and three Tablespoons of sugar. For the crust, use 36 Oreos and half of cup (Eight Tbsp) of melted butter. Bake time is nearer to 45-50 minutes. Cool for 1 hour at room temperature, then chill for no less than 4-5 hours earlier than slicing. Use these similar quantities for a full cheesecake in a 10-inch springform pan (no smaller). I like to recommend following the baking and cooling directions, together with utilizing a water tub, as present in my common cheesecake recipe. I discovered the sides rose up and burned shortly, so tent with aluminum foil after about 30 minutes. (I discovered the cheesecake then caught to the foil, making a little bit of a multitude on prime.) For these causes, I strongly suggest utilizing this recipe for bars as an alternative of a full cheesecake.
- Mini Particular person Cheesecakes: Use the baking and cooling directions present in my mini cheesecakes and use this recipe as written. Recipe makes about 2 dozen cheesecakes in a muffin pan. Line 2 12-count muffin pans with liners. Firmly press 1.5 Tablespoons of crust combination into every. Pre-bake for five minutes. Pour filling on prime, about 1 Tbsp filling for every. Drizzle every with raspberry sauce. Swirl with a toothpick. Once more, use the baking and cooling directions present in my mini cheesecakes. Be at liberty to prime cooled mini cheesecakes with whipped cream.
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