Oxmoor House
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
4 Hours 5 Mins
15 servings (serving size: 1 bar)

With their combo of shortbread-like crust, creamy cheesecake, and fresh summer cherry goodness, these bars will make you the hit of the picnic.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Line an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish with parchment paper. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Place flour, powdered sugar, and salt in a food processor; pulse 2 times to combine. Add chilled butter, and drizzle with ice water. Pulse 10 times or until mixture resembles coarse meal. Pour the mixture into prepared baking dish (mixture will be crumbly). Press mixture into bottom of dish. Bake at 350° for 23 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely. Reduce oven temperature to 325°.

Step 3

Place cherries, 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, and 1 tablespoon water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until cherries are tender. Combine lemon juice and cornstarch in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Stir cornstarch mixture into cherry mixture; cook for 1 minute or until thickened. Cool mixture slightly. Spoon the cherry mixture into food processor, and process until smooth. Spoon pureed mixture into a bowl, and set aside.

Step 4

Wipe food processor clean. Place cream cheese and remaining ingredients in food processor; process until smooth. Spoon cream cheese mixture over cooled crust; spread evenly. Dollop cherry mixture over cream cheese mixture, and swirl together with a knife. Bake at 325° for 36 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack. Cover and chill at least 3 hours.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Really good

July 04, 2017
I took these to a cookout and everyone enjoyed them.  I added some vanilla bean to the crust, which added a nice flavor.A  suggestion about using the food processor: instead of washing the work bowl each time as directed, change the order of the steps but be sure to scrape the bowl well.  While the crust is baking, process the cream cheese mixture and refrigerate, and then work on the cherry mixture.

bchwalk's Review

June 27, 2011
Easy to make though the crust was a lttle hard the following day.

schepesm's Review

July 25, 2012
I absolutely loved this recipe - and so did all of my co-workers! Yes, it was a bit labor intensive, however I found that the fresh cherries really added to the taste. I also really enjoyed the short-bread crust! Cannot believe this is a Cooking Light recipe. Will absolutely make again!

cmoz007's Review

July 13, 2014

erinwalsh16's Review

July 04, 2011
I made these for a 4th of July cookout and they were a hit... gone in an instant! The recipe is somewhat labor intense (I hated cleaning my food processor 3 times) but definitely worth it for a special occasion. Was very good with the fresh cherries but really you could use any type of stone fruit or berries.

JaniceClinton's Review

September 11, 2012

culinaryclique's Review

July 29, 2011
I just didn't think this had the flavor I was expecting. I love cherries but it just seemed bland to me.

AMMoore's Review

September 11, 2011
I bake all the time but was very disappointed in this. It's a lot of work to pit cherries and I just thought this was uneventful. Also, mine didn't look a thing like the picture.

MeghanL21's Review

June 26, 2011
These bars were so delicious. The fresh cherries make the difference and even my kids loved them.

Suze02's Review

July 08, 2014
These were soooo good!! Worth cleaning the food processor three times and pitting fresh cherries myself. Definitely need to allow extra time for cooling the crust. Fresh cherries make this dish and completely satisfied that cheesecake craving!