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Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

Posted on March 6, 2024

Using a handy 12-Cell Pan Extender, you can easily make a perfect batch of Strawberry Cheesecake Bars! Sweet and with just a hint of tangy flavor, these evenly sized cheesecake bars are perfect for gifting, bake sales, or whenever you want a special treat.

Why You’ll Love Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes

With a delicious homemade strawberry topping, graham cracker crust, and creamy cheesecake base, these layered cheesecake bars are bursting with fruity flavor! Easily portable and perfect for all kinds of occasions, the charm of these cheesecake bars is sure to go over well with any crowd.

Thanks to the 12-cell Pan Extender from MFG Tray, you can easily make batch after batch of even, perfectly sized cheesecake bars without the hassle of cutting and slicing. Whether you need a special treat for a party, the perfect bake sale product, or a nice edible gift for the holidays or special occasions, this recipe is guaranteed to yield 12 incredible cheesecake bars every time!

 

Strawberry Cheesecake Ingredients

Strawberry Topping

  • 1 Pound Strawberries, (washed and hulled)
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice
  • 6 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 3 Tablespoons Cold Water

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 4 ½ Cups Finely Crushed Graham Cracker Crumbs (from 36 graham crackers)
  • ¾ Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter (melted)

Cheesecake

  • 4 Pounds Cream Cheese (room temperature) [8 8-ounce packages]
  • 2 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 ½ Cups Whole Milk (room temperature)
  • 8 Large Eggs (room temperature)
  • 4 Cups Full-Fat Sour Cream (room temperature)
  • 2 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt

Tools and Equipment

  • Stand Mixer – You can also use regular mixing bowls and mix by hand or with an electric mixer, but a stand mixer helps speed up the process.
  • 13”x18” Sheet Pan
  • Parchment Paper
  • MFG Tray 12-Cell Pan Extender – Use this super handy tool to instantly divide any baking sheet into 12 even spaces. This oven-safe extender is easy to clean and guarantees perfect, even proportions with no additional slicing or trimming.

How to Make Cheesecake Bars

Strawberry Cheesecake in pan

Strawberry Topping Instructions

  1. Cook the strawberries and lemon juice in a saucepan over medium low heat for about 15 minutes. Stir the strawberries and press them down so they release their juices.
  2. Reduce the heat to low, add the granulated sugar, and keep pressing and stirring until the strawberries have fully broken down.
  3. Turn off the heat and use an immersion blender to get rid of any remaining lumps.
  4. Mix cornstarch with cold water in a separate bowl to create a slurry.
  5. Return the strawberry mixture to the stove over low heat and add the slurry. Stir for 5 minutes or until thickened, then set aside to cool.

Graham Cracker Crust Instructions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs with sugar and melted butter.
  2. Place a large piece of parchment paper on your baking sheet, followed by the pan extended.
  3. Evenly distribute the graham cracker mixture between all 12 of the wells and use your hand or another flat object to press into a flat, even layer,
  4. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees F and set aside to cool.

Cheesecake Instructions

  1. Beat together cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
  2. Stir in the milk until evenly combined.
  3. In a different mixing bowl, combine the eggs with sour cream, vanilla, and flour.
  4. Beat the egg mixture into the cream cheese mixture in the stand mixer.
  5. Divide the batter evenly on top of the baked and cooled graham cracker crust, then add 3 to 4 large dollops of strawberry filling to each cheesecake bar.
  6. Use a toothpick or chopstick to swirl the filling into the cheesecake.
  7. Bake for an hour at a reduced temperature of 325 degrees F.
  8. Once done baking, turn off the oven and leave the door closed. Leave the cheesecake bars in the oven for another hour to cool.
  9. After cooling for an hour in the oven, remove the pan and cool to room temperature, then cool overnight.
  10. Run an offset spatula or thin knife around the edges of each cheesecake bar to separate them from the divider.

Expert Tips for Making Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

  • Once fully cooled, wrap each cheesecake bar individually in plastic wrap or store in an airtight container. They’ll be good for 4 to 5 days in the fridge.
  • If you’re not planning to eat your strawberry cheesecake bars within 5 days, store them in the freezer instead.
  • Allow all of the cheesecake ingredients to come up to room temperature, especially the cream cheese and eggs. Using cold ingredients will lead to a lumpy batter that may not come together as easily.
  • If you do have lumps in your cheesecake batter, run it through a fine sieve to separate them out. Then microwave the lumps for 30 seconds or so—this should soften them enough to incorporate back into the batter.
  • Don’t skip the second hour in the oven as it cools! This is crucial for a gradual cooling process that will prevent your cheesecake bars from cracking on top.
  • Try to spread the cheesecake batter as evenly as possible in each of the 12 wells for more even cooking.
  • Don’t remove the pan extender until the cheesecake bars have cooled in the fridge. This will prevent any damage or pulling apart.
  • If you’re worried about the cheesecake bars sticking to the divider, give it a very light spritz with some baking spray or coat it with a thin layer of butter.
  • This recipe can be made with pan extenders of different sizes, like the MFG Tray 4-Cell Extender. I recommend starting with the 12-Cell—it produces cheesecake bars that are perfectly sized!

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