Valentine's Day Cheesecake Bars
Valentine's Day Cheesecake Bars are creamy pink and red swirled cheesecake bars making them the perfect Valentine's Day dessert. Easy to make and always a favorite at potlucks, parties and bake sales, these Valentine's Day Cheesecake Bars are a sweet way to steal someone's heart.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Graham Cracker Crust
- 1 1/2 cup Graham cracker crumbs
- 1 /3 cup butter melted
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 24 oz cream cheese softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- large squeeze of fresh lemon
- Red and Pink Food Gel Coloring
Graham Cracker Crust
To make these Valentine's Day Cheesecake Bars, preheat your oven to 325 degrees and place a baking pan filled with water on the bottom rack of your oven. Next, start by combining graham crackers, melted butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and then transferring the mixture to a 9 x 13 baking pan lined with parchment paper. Lightly press down on the crumbs with your hands or the bottom of a cup to form the crust. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat softened cream cheese until creamy and then add in sugar and salt and mix well. One by one, add in eggs and beat until each is incorporated before adding in the next one. Add in sour cream, squeeze of lemon and vanilla and continue mixing until you have a creamy filling.
Transfer 1 cup of cheesecake filling evenly into two separate bowls and add red food coloring to one bowl and pink to the other. Mix the food coloring in to combine. Pour the white cheesecake filling on top of graham cracker crust and smooth until even. Using a spoon, pour alternating lines of pink cheesecake filling and red cheesecake filling down length of cheesecake. Swirl the colors into cheesecake filing using the back of knife (or a chopstick!) to create a beautiful swirl pattern, careful not to go so deep as to reach the crust. The more swirls, the better..
Bake in oven for 50-55 minutes or until center is no longer super wobbly. When baking time is done, turn off oven, open oven door and let your Valentine's Day Cheesecake Bars sit for one hour in the open oven. Remove Valentine's Day Cheesecake Bars from oven and refrigerate overnight before pulling up on parchment paper and removing from baking pan. Cut into squares and serve!
Serving: 12g | Calories: 434kcal | Carbohydrates: 37.8g | Protein: 7.1g | Fat: 29.8g | Saturated Fat: 16.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7.7g | Cholesterol: 128.5mg | Sodium: 288.6mg | Potassium: 155.7mg | Fiber: 1.2g | Sugar: 30.2g | Vitamin A: 1210IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1.4mg