Swirls of colors make these Red, White and Blue Cheesecake Bars a fun dessert to share at holiday parties this summer. Brighten your Memorial Day and 4th of July picnics with this easy patriotic treat!
Happy last day of school friends! Bye, bye routine and order and hello sleeping in and lazy summer days. This month has been a blur with all the end of the year school activities and life stuff.
Tonight our oldest graduates from high school. We are so proud of him for accomplishing this big milestone in his life. He is just ready to mark high school off his list.
We are planning a fun open house for him this weekend. Lots of food and desserts and friends to celebrate with were our only requirements. Although, since it is a holiday weekend, we aren’t sure how many people will actually show up. That’s ok. That just means more M&M blonde brownies for me.
Since we will probably have lots of leftovers from the party, I’m not sure what we will be doing for Memorial Day this year. My guess is that we will be just relaxing in our backyard eating leftover Italian beef and cheesecake. After a busy weekend, that sounds like the perfect plan to me.
One of the desserts I was thinking about making for the party this weekend were these rainbow vanilla cheesecake bars. I love that they are so easy to customize for any party. You can make your swirl of color match any party theme.
I was totally planning on making them in our school colors…until I got to the store and saw all kinds of red, white, and blue decorations. One of my favorite things to do for the holidays is to make a dessert that is fun and colorful.
I was looking through the 4th of July treats I have made over the years for the blog, and there was nothing red, white, and blue and cheesecake! I am a sucker for fun holiday desserts, so I knew I had to make these red, white and blue cheesecake bars right away. For testing purposes, of course!
Plus, my in-laws were coming early for the graduation festivities, and they both love cheesecake, so I had to have dessert. I knew they wouldn’t care that it was a holiday treat in the middle of a non-holiday week.
I’m glad they enjoyed the bars, but I’m even happier that I had help eating the cheesecake because summer is here now. My shorts are begging me to lay off the sweets ASAP!
Let’s talk about how easy it is to get fun swirls in your cheesecake. Once you get your batter mixed together, decide how many colors you will be using. For this one I divided the cheesecake evenly into three bowls, then I colored two of them red and blue. I like to use gel colors because you don’t have to use as much to get vibrant colors.
Once you have all your colors mixed together, drop them by spoonfuls all over the top of the cooled crust. Then take a butter knife and gently drag it through the colors. I like to go up and down and then back and forth. Make sure you do not pull the knife through the crust though!
After you get your swirls how you like them, it’s time to bake. My favorite way to bake cheesecake is with a pan of water on the bottom rack of the oven. The pan of cheesecake will go on the rack above it. You read that right. No water bath is necessary! Trust me…I wrote an entire book about cheesecake and did steam baths for every single one.
The longest part of making a cheesecake is the wait time after. Cheesecake has to chill for 4-6 hours so that it has time to set up before you cut into it.
I suggest making cheesecake the night before, so it can chill overnight. Plus, then you will have a sweet treat ready for breakfast. Oh, wait. That probably isn’t the best idea if you want to wear your skinny shorts this summer! LOL!
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Looking for more red, white, and blue desserts for your holiday picnics? You need to check out these fun recipes from some of my friends.
- 4th of July Cake Roll from Taste and Tell
- 4th of July Marshmallow Pops from Living Locurto
- Fireworks Pudding Cookies from Crazy for Crust