Key Lime Cheesecake Bars


This dazzling cheesecake recipe is a sweet-tart takeoff on the ever-popular pie. It's a great make-ahead dessert, too--you can prep the easy recipe up to 24 hours in advance.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Chill Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 30 mins
9 servings


  • 12 squares low-fat honey graham crackers, finely crushed (1 cup)

  • ¼ cup butter, melted

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 0.3 ounce package sugar-free low-calorie lime-flavored gelatin

  • ¾ cup boiling water

  • 1 ½ cup low-fat or fat-free cottage cheese

  • 1 8 ounce container reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel) or fat-free cream cheese, cut up and softened

  • 1 8 ounce container frozen light or fat-free whipped dessert topping, thawed

  • Key limes or limes, cut in wedges (optional)


  1. In small bowl combine graham crackers, butter, and sugar. Press crumb mixture in the bottom of a 2-quart square baking dish. Refrigerate while preparing filling.

  2. In large bowl combine gelatin and water. Stir until gelatin is dissolved. Set aside.

  3. In blender or food processor combine cottage cheese and cream cheese. Cover and blend or process until smooth, stopping several times to scrape down sides. Whisk 1/2 cup of the cottage cheese mixture into the gelatin mixture. Whisk in remaining cottage cheese mixture until smooth. Fold in whipped dessert topping. Spoon filling over chilled crumb mixture.

  4. Cover and chill 8 to 24 hours or until filling is firm. To serve, cut in squares. Top with lime wedges.

    Key Lime Cheesecake Bars
    Andy Lyons

For a 3-quart dish:

Prepare as above, except increase to 18 squares graham crackers (1 1/2 cups crumbs), 6 Tbsp. butter, and 1 1/2 tsp. sugar for the crust. Makes 12 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

248 Calories
15g Fat
21g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 9
Calories 248
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 334mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 7g
Calcium 123mg 9%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 107mg 2%
Folate, total 6.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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