Swirled Cheesecake Bars

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Knowing that fourth of July was coming up, I rolled-up my sleeves and got to work on a patriotic and tasty dessert for all of the summer BBQ’s that are bound to take place! I have tried many lightened cheesecake recipes before, and I usually find I’m quite disappointed. However, with a few changes, I was able to achieve a rich and creamy cheesecake filling…That truly tastes like the real thing! These bars are the perfect treat for a summer party, and I can guarantee that they will be a huge hit with any crowd this 4th of July holiday!


The estimated total time to make this recipe is 4 Hours or overnight.


Preheat oven to 375. Line 8×8 baking dish with foil (to ensure easy removal of bars), and spray foil with non-stick cooking spray.


Remove graham cracker crust from pre-made pan, and crumble/press it down, re-forming it into your foil-lined pan. Put crust into the oven to bake for 8 minutes, then remove from oven.


Meanwhile, when crust is baking, cream together all of the ingredients, (except for the strawberry jam and blueberries), with a hand held mixer until smooth.


Pour filling over graham cracker crust, smoothing out filling with a spatula.


Drop jelly (by the spoon-full) over cheesecake filling. Drag a spoon (or knife)  gently through filling to create marbling. Drop blueberries evenly over cheesecake. Place in the oven, bake for 30-35 minutes, or until cheesecake is almost set in the center. Let cool, and chill in the refrigerator for a few hours, or overnight.


After chilled, remove from the refrigerator, and pull entire cheesecake out of pan. Use foil to lift cheesecake out of pan and onto a cutting board. Cut bars into 12 even bars, (I used a pizza cutter and wiped the blade clean with a paper towel between each cut). Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Enjoy! Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


1 Pre-made graham cracker pie crust
1 (8 oz) Package reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup Baking stevia OR 1 cup sweetener of choice that measures like sugar 1
3/4 cup Low fat cottage cheese (pureed in a blender until smooth)
1 Whole egg
2 Egg whites
1 tsp Vanilla extract
Juice One small lemon (or 2 tbs lemon juice)
1/4 cup Blueberries
1/3 cup Low sugar strawberry preserves

1 I used NuNaturals More Fiber Stevia Baking Blend. If using packets of stevia, I recommend using about 8-12, or adjust according to taste.

Katie's Tip!

To keep clean lines, I used a pizza cutter and wiped the blade with a paper towel between each cut!

Nutrition Breakdown

12 Servings (bars)
133 Calories Per Serving
7 g Fat
15 g Carbohydrate
10 g Sugar
4 g Protein
4 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving


Jaclyn @realhealthwife said:

I have been looking for a healthy treat to bring to a 4th of July bbq this weekend, I should have known to look here first, I LOVE your recipes!

June 28th, 2011 — 8:40am  |  Reply

lisa said:

those are SO cute!!! my brother is in love with cheesecake but I hate buying it because its soooo high in fat and calories. these look refreshingly tasty and light!! :)

June 28th, 2011 — 9:18am  |  Reply

Tracey Hudnut said:

Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I can’t wait to try this!!!

June 28th, 2011 — 9:35am  |  Reply

melissa said:

These look great! When you say 2 tbs of stevia, are you using pure stevia or one of the varieties thats has a filler added?

Do you find that it leaves a bitter taste? I’m trying to decide whether to make some of these with pure stevia or go 1/2 splenda 1/2 stevia. I’ve also heard with the stevia (since you lose the bulk of sugar) you have to add in some extra filler suck as sf applesauce. Any advice? Thanks!

June 28th, 2011 — 11:15am  |  Reply

Amy said:

This looks absolutely delicious! I’ll have to try it out this weekend, but I’ll have to sneak the cottage cheese in without my husband seeing. He hates the stuff, but only when he can see it. What he doesn’t know, won’t hurt him!

June 28th, 2011 — 3:07pm  |  Reply

Brindi said:

I’m torn! My brithday is July 19th and I’m not a fan of cake and LOVE cheesecake, so I always have cheesecake on my birthday instead. I don’t know if I should make this for my birthday or for my cooking club next month because the theme is “Red, White and Blue.” I DO know that I WILL be making this soon! Thanks, Katie :)

June 28th, 2011 — 7:34pm  |  Reply

Sasha said:

Its times like this im oh so very glad i found your blog!! This is wonderful, you make making lower calorie desserts look so easy yet without impact on flavour, its a talent! :) these sound so utterly delicious I hope to try them out soon

June 29th, 2011 — 1:13am  |  Reply

Laura said:

I linked up to this amazing recipe on a Fourth of July roundup on my blog. Here is the link if you want to check it out: http://asnailslife.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/july-4th-foodie-round-up/

By the way I am sucker for graham cracker crusts.:) Thanks for the recipe.

June 29th, 2011 — 9:06am  |  Reply

Leslie said:

These look so delectable and adding the swirl on top makes them totally Fourth of July. What a nice addition to the heavy sweets of the blog-o-sphere. Thanks!

June 29th, 2011 — 9:22am  |  Reply

Maryanna said:

Yum! These are perfect for the 4th!

June 29th, 2011 — 1:41pm  |  Reply

Carolyn said:

DELICIOUS! I would LOVE it if you could link these up with my 4th July linky!


June 30th, 2011 — 7:37am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks carolyn, how do i link it up?

July 1st, 2011 — 3:22am  |  Reply

Jenn @ Social Salutations said:

Hi Katie – I love your blog and this recipe looks amazing. I featured you today in my Friday I’m in Love favorites. Check it out!


– Jenn @ Social Salutations

July 1st, 2011 — 3:59am  |  Reply

Char said:

Wow, these look so yummy. And so patriotic! Nice work!!!!

July 3rd, 2011 — 5:08pm  |  Reply

Grace@ FoodFitnessFreshAir said:

These do look awesome! And I’d love a go-to lighter version of cheesecake. I love cheesecake, but it’s not good for my summer body!

July 4th, 2011 — 2:48pm  |  Reply

Jennifer said:

I absolutely LOVE your blog and recipes, it would be awesome if you could add a ‘print or download’ recipe option!

August 8th, 2011 — 12:37pm  |  Reply

Sarah said:

Hi Katie! I’m curious if this could work as a cheesecake in a springform instead of as bars? Would that make a difference?

December 29th, 2011 — 10:33am  |  Reply

Angie said:

Could you use fat free cream cheese and fat free cottage cheese ?

April 3rd, 2012 — 5:36pm  |  Reply

Annie said:

Please let me know where did you buy those pretty white bowl, in which you prepared all of the ingredients? Did I mention that I love your page? :)

May 1st, 2012 — 7:54am  |  Reply

Megan said:

can these be frozen?

March 17th, 2013 — 3:44pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

no sorry :( they would most likely get icey

March 17th, 2013 — 7:45pm  | 

Didi Joy said:

My mix turned out runnier than what was pictured, so when I put in the strawberry jam and blueberries they just sunk to the bottom. What happened?

March 13th, 2014 — 1:19am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

hahaha amy….that is my life!

June 28th, 2011 — 8:55pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks laura!!! :)

June 29th, 2011 — 1:34pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks maryanna! :)

June 29th, 2011 — 3:19pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks char! :)

July 3rd, 2011 — 7:45pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

haha thanks grace ;)

July 5th, 2011 — 6:40am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

that would work sarah! :) great question!

December 30th, 2011 — 8:31am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

yes to fat free both! :)

April 3rd, 2012 — 9:20pm  |  Reply

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