Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars



Blueberry lemon cheesecake bars with a buttery shortbread crust.

INGREDIENTS

Crust:
 1 1/4 cup unsalted butter , room temperature
 1/2 cup granulated sugar
 1 heaping Tablespoon lemon zest
 2 cups flour
 1/4 teaspoon salt

Blueberry Filling:
 2 cups fresh blueberries
 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
 2 Tablespoons lemon zest
 2 Tablespoons lemon juice

Cream Cheese Layer:
 2 8-oz packages cream cheese, room temperature
 1/2 cup granulated sugar
 2 teaspoons lemon zest
 1 Tablespoon vanilla
 2 eggs


INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line a 9 x 13 pan with parchment paper. I sprayed my pan lightly with cooking spray just to be sure it didn't stick.
  2. For the crust: Beat the butter, sugar, and lemon zest until creamy. Add the flour and salt and beat until combined. Press dough into bottom of prepared pan and bake 15 minutes.
  3. For the filling: Combine blueberries with brown sugar, 2 tablespoons lemon zest, and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until berries are just soft, 5 - 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  4. For the cream cheese layer: Beat cream cheese, sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla together. Add in the eggs, one at a time, until combined. Scrape cream cheese mixture onto warm crust and smooth top. Dollop blueberry mixture randomly over top of cream cheese layer. Gently pull a knife tip through the top to create swirls.
  5.  For complete instructions visit Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars @ www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

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