Polk-Dot Cheesecake Sandwich Bars


Dollops of jam give this silky cheesecake batter its playful polka dots.

Polka-Dot Cheesecake Sandwich Bars
Prep Time:
30 mins
Freeze Time:
1 hrs
Bake Time:
50 mins
Cool Time:
1 hrs
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
5 hrs 20 mins


  • 20 graham cracker rectangles

  • 4 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup sugar

  • ½ cup whipping cream

  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced

  • 4 eggs

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • Pinch salt

  • ¼ cup seedless raspberry jam

  • 1 - 2 drops red gel food coloring


  1. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Arrange a layer of graham crackers to cover the bottom, breaking the crackers as needed* (you may not use all of the crackers). Set aside.

  2. In a very large mixing bowl beat the cream cheese and sugar with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until smooth. Add the cream and lemon juice and beat until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, and then add the flour and salt. Mix until smooth. Stir in the lemon peel.

  3. Transfer 1/2 cup batter to a small bowl. Stir
    in jam and food coloring. Cover. Freeze 1 hour.
    Spread remaining batter into prepared pan. Cover and chill until needed.

  4. Preheat oven to 325°F. Stir jam mixture and spoon into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/4-inch round tip. For each dot, insert the tip into the batter in pan and squeeze gently. Repeat with remaining jam mixture, inserting tip into batter in a random pattern.

  5. Top the batter with the remaining graham crackers, breaking to fit.*

  6. Bake for 20 minutes. Turn oven off. Let stand in oven for 30 minutes more. Remove and cool on a wire rack. Cover and chill for 2 hours. Cut into bars, cutting along cracker perforations and wiping knife in between cuts.


Gesine recommends taking a picture of the bottom cracker arrangement so you can arrange them in the same way on top.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

157 Calories
11g Fat
13g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 157
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 111mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0.9mg 5%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 55mg 1%
Folate, total 11mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*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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