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Layers of red velvet brownie, vanilla cheesecake, and fresh blueberries make up this festive patriotic dessert!  These Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars are perfect for your Fourth of July party!

I made these red velvet cheesecake bars for the 4th of July and they were a big hit! The bottom layer had such a great cocoa/buttermilk flavor, and the cheesecake was so creamy!

Here we are, just a few days away from the Fourth of July!

We’re looking to lay low this holiday weekend and I’m so glad.  I know my husband wishes we were down the shore but I’m always so grateful for a long weekend where we can just relax and do our thing here at home.  Lately I’ve been really into my morning walks, and I like to spend a little time on Pinterest (follow me!), make muffins for my little guy, and take the kiddos someplace fun in the afternoon.  There are so many great kids’ movies coming out right now that I’m dying to see!  But with the weather as nice as it’s been we’re more likely to be throwing a frisbee in the backyard and sipping Frozen Sangria Slushies.

What are your plans?  Having a party?  Going to a barbecue or potluck?  I’ve got tons of great recipes to bake and take!

But this one is my current favorite:

I made these red velvet cheesecake bars for the 4th of July and they were a big hit! The bottom layer had such a great cocoa/buttermilk flavor, and the cheesecake was so creamy!

Just look at those layers!

I love the red, white, and blue.

But make them and you’ll see- these bars taste even better than they look!

I made these red velvet cheesecake bars for the 4th of July and they were a big hit! The bottom layer had such a great cocoa/buttermilk flavor, and the cheesecake was so creamy!

The red velvet layer is to-die-for!  The cocoa/buttermilk flavor really comes through.  And it’s super-moist, almost a cross between cake and a brownie or blondie.  I guess you could say it’s like a cake-y brownie: gooey and soft but a little fluffy at the same time.  YUM!

And the cheesecake is a perfect compliment.  Just like in the classic, traditional southern cake, the sweet, slightly tangy cream cheese brings out all the best in red velvet.  It’s an iconic flavor combination that just never goes wrong!

Plus blueberries are totally at the peak of their season!  So big, juicy, and sweet.

I hope you’ll whip up a batch of these bars for your July 4th celebration!  One pan can really feed a crowd and everyone will love the rich flavor of red velvet plus cool, creamy vanilla cheesecake and fresh summer berries!

Have a great weekend and a fun holiday!

I made these red velvet cheesecake bars for the 4th of July and they were a big hit! The bottom layer had such a great cocoa/buttermilk flavor, and the cheesecake was so creamy!

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Fourth of July Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
 

Layers of red velvet brownie, vanilla cheesecake, and fresh blueberries make up this festive patriotic dessert! These Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars are perfect for your Fourth of July party!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bars, Cheesecake, fourth of July, red velvet, red white and blue
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 416 kcal
Ingredients
For the red velvet layer
For the cheesecake layer
Instructions
Make the red velvet layer:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Mist a 9-inch by 9-inch square baking pan with non-stick spray and line with parchment paper.
  2. Place the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a large, microwave-safe bowl and heat until the butter has completely melted (in my microwave, this takes about 2 minutes on 60% power).  
  3. Stir the mixture with a whisk until smooth, then whisk in the egg.  
  4. Add the buttermilk, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla and stir to combine.  
  5. Whisk in the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt and transfer the batter to the prepared pan.  
  6. Bake for 20 minutes.
Make the cheesecake layer:
  1. Place the cream cheese, sugar, and cornstarch in a large mixing bowl and beat on medium-low speed until smooth.  
  2. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula after each addition.  
  3. Stir in the cream, vanilla, and salt, and pour over the partially baked red velvet layer (it’s ok if it’s still hot).  
  4. Turn the oven temperature down to 250 degrees F, and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the edges are set and the center is still slightly jiggly.
  5. Cool completely (overnight is best), and cut into bars.  
  6. Top with fresh blueberries and dust with powdered sugar.
Nutrition Facts
Fourth of July Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 416 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 122mg 41%
Sodium 273mg 11%
Potassium 160mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 33g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 18.2%
Vitamin C 4.6%
Calcium 7%
Iron 7.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
I made these red velvet cheesecake bars for the 4th of July and they were a big hit! The bottom layer had such a great cocoa/buttermilk flavor, and the cheesecake was so creamy!