This delicious recipe and beautiful photography comes courtesy of Katie at Epicurean Mom. It’s an easy raspberry cheesecake recipe enriched with raspberry puree – that’s what gives it the great pink coloring and added flavor. You can easily make the raspberry puree using frozen raspberries found in the frozen section of your supermarket. Don’t want to make the homemade puree? Substitute 1/4 cup of raspberry preserves!
Valentine Cheesecake Recipe, Yields 9-12 bars
- 9 ounces fresh raspberries, rinsed
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon juiced lemon
- 11 graham cracker sheets
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 5 tablespoons butter, melted plus more for greasing
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9 x 9 baking pan with butter. Lay parchment paper over the top of the pan, leaving a slight overhang, repeat with other side.
*Leave oven on for cheesecake bars*
Crumble graham crackers in a bowl of a food processor, pulse until mealy. Add the remaining ingredients, pulse until well combined. Pour the graham cracker mixture into the lined baking dish. Evenly and firmly pat down with the bottom of a glass. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until just set. Set aside.
- 16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- raspberry puree
- 1 cup fresh blackberries, rinsed
Combine all ingredients in the bowl of food processor, process until well combined. Consistency should be very smooth. Pour into prepared graham cracker crust. Place blackberries onto filling and poke down until partially exposed or completely covered (I covered mine.)