plated raspberry cream cheese layer bars
Raspberry Cream Cheese Bars
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Chilling Time
1 hr
Total Time
35 mins
 

These bars are easy to make, but chock full of deliciously sweet flavor!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fruit bars, raspberry recipe
Servings: 12
Author: Jackie
Ingredients
Shortbread Layer-
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon milk or cream
Raspberry Layer-
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 small package raspberry Jell-O 1.4 ounce
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
Cream Cheese Layer-
  • 8 oz. cream cheese 1 block
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup heavy cream
Instructions
  1. First, start with the raspberry filling.

  2. In a small pan, combine water, sugar, and cornstarch on medium high heat.
  3. While whisking, bring to a simmer.
  4. Once simmering, add raspberry Jell-O, whisk to combine.

  5. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  6. For the shortbread crust-
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  8. In a small bowl, combine butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, milk or cream, and egg yolk.
  9. Add flour and mix until just combined (dough will be crumbly)
  10. Press into the bottom of a lined and greased 8x8 square pan or 8-9 in round pan.
  11. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges begin to brown.
  12. Remove from oven and cool for 15 minutes.
  13. To make the cream cheese layer beat cold heavy whipping cream in a clean bowl until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  14. In a medium sized bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla together until smooth.
  15. Carefully fold heavy whipping cream into the cream cheese mixture.
  16. Spread mixture over cooled shortbread crust.
  17. Layer raspberries onto cream cheese layer, then pour the Jell-O glaze over the raspberries. If glaze has set, microwave for 20 seconds until melted.

  18. Chill for 1 hour.
  19. Slice and serve! Enjoy!