These Blackberry Cheesecake Bars are a new summer favorite dessert in our house!
We have a running joke in our house that Laura has champagne tastes. Without fail, she will always pick the most expensive item whenever we go shopping. (For the record, this happens without looking at the pricetag first.) Just last weekend, we were shopping for a new bathroom rug. The old one turned into a pile of lint in the washing machine, so we headed out to get a new one.
Of course, they don’t make the same one anymore, so our simple trip turned into stopping at 5 stores until we found a new one. And, sure enough, Laura picked out the most expensive one we saw all day! Same thing happened when we needed to pick up a couple new drawer pulls for our kitchen drawers. (Long story there…) We looked at a bunch, and ended up picking the most expensive option. I’m not talking anything insane here. I think the bathroom rug was $4 more than the others, and the drawer pulls were $1 more. Thus the running joke that Laura has champagne tastes.
Well guess what? Robbie has champagne tastes, too. Like mother, like son! You see, Robbie loves berries and fruit. We have to put his other dinner items down first, or he’ll ignore those and only eat fruit. No big deal. But I had some leftover blackberries after making these Blackberry Cheesecake Bars, so we decided to let him try blackberries for the first time. And of course he loved them. Like he gobbled ’em down and asked for more…about 6 times. Laura just laughed and said, “Of course you like the most expensive berry.” Fitting, right?
I can’t blame the little guy, though. Blackberries have always been my favorite berry, too. In fact, I have this dream that one day I’ll discover a secret wild blackberry patch where I can pick buckets full of blackberries. I’ve yet to find this patch, but one day…one day. Actually, that patch exists. It’s on the dirt road alongside the property where my grandparents lived in upstate South Carolina. That house was sold years ago, though. I just hope the new owners found the gold mine on that dirt road! As a kid, I’d pick blackberries every summer, and my grandmother would turn them into a blackberry cobbler for dessert. Add in some fried fish that I’d catch with my grandpa, and that’s a good country meal right there!
But I digress. Let’s talk Blackberry Cheesecake Bars. As in, let’s talk about how flippin’ delicious these bars are! I used a standard graham cracker base and then poured an easy cheesecake filling on top. But the magic came when I added the blackberry layer and then the crumbles on top. (I used the same crumble from my go-to coffee cake recipe.) Let that bad boy bake in the oven for about an hour, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a dessert! And no need for a water bath with these one since the crumbles cover up the cheesecake layer. The hardest part is just making sure the cheesecake is fully baked, but a toothpick inserted after 60 minutes should come out clean. Oh, and don’t forget to leave yourself enough time to let these bars chill for a couple of hours in the refrigerator. The waiting is worth it, my friends. Trust me!
These Blackberry Cheesecake Bars are a new summer favorite around here. I bet they’d work with other berries, too. In fact, don’t be surprised if you see these pop up again as Raspberry Cheesecake Bars or Strawberry Cheesecake Bars or maybe even Peach Cheesecake Bars. Enjoy!