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Red, White & Blue Cheesecake Bars

I’ve tried “light” cheesecake recipes before with mixed results. Making a few changes, I created a rich, creamy cheesecake filling that truly tastes like the real deal. —Katie Farrell, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    1 dozen


  • 1 graham cracker crust (9 inches)
  • 3/4 cup 2% cottage cheese
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • Sugar substitute blend equivalent to 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup reduced-sugar strawberry preserves
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries


  • Preheat oven to 375°. Line an 8-in. square baking pan with foil, letting ends extend up sides; coat foil with cooking spray. Remove pie crust from foil pan; break into fine crumbs into prepared pan. Press crumbs onto bottom of pan.
  • Place cottage cheese in a small food processor; process until smooth. Transfer to a bowl. Add cream cheese, sugar blend, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla; beat until smooth. In a small bowl, lightly beat egg whites and egg; add to cottage cheese mixture. Beat on low speed just until blended. Pour over crust.
  • Drop preserves by teaspoonfuls over filling. Cut through cheesecake with a knife to swirl. Sprinkle with blueberries.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes or until center of cheesecake is almost set. Cool 1 hour on a wire rack. Refrigerate 2 hours or until cold.
  • Lifting with foil, remove cheesecake from pan. Cut into 12 bars.
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with Truvia baking blend.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 193 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 226mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.

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  • Cruella747
    Jun 28, 2019

    After reading reviews, I will warm preserves so it's not so thick

  • havingfunwithmyfamily
    May 31, 2015

    Just like the other reviewer, my preserves did not swirl. The preserves sank right to the bottom. I improvised, and added fresh strawberry slices to the top of the squares. I also must have done something wrong in the batter, because my bars took a bit longer to bake. I baked mine for about 40-45 minutes.

  • justmbeth
    May 31, 2015

    These were actually quite good. It did not taste lightened up at all. My strawberries preserves were thick so the swirling did not come out pretty as most just sank into the cream cheese.