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Blackberry Lime Cheesecake Crumble Bars

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Chill time, for crust1 hr
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: blackberry dessert, cheesecake bars, crumble topping, lime dessert


  • rimmed baking sheet
  • Food Processor



  • 5 cups Nilla wafers, or other vanilla wafer cookies*
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)

Cheesecake layer

  • 2 8 oz

    boxes of cream cheese, softened 

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped clean*
  • the zest of 1 lime

Blackberry layer

  • 6 oz fresh blackberries, finely chopped
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • the juice of half a lime
  • 1/4 cup flour

Crumble topping

  • 1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal with flaxseed*
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts


  • Make the crust:
    Combine cookies, and brown sugar in food processor until cookies are reduced to fine crumbs.
    Melt butter in the microwave on high for 45 seconds to 1 minute, until completely melted. Using a fork, mix ground cookies and sugar with melted butter until all cookies are well coated in butter.
    Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
    Refrigerate for 1 hour to firm up crust before baking.
    2. Make the Cheesecake layer:
    Once crust has refrigerated 1 hour, preheat oven to 350 degree and make the cheesecake layer.
    In a medium mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla bean (scraped insides, bean discarded) and lime zest with an electric mixer for 1-2 minutes, until smooth.
    Using an offset spatula or silicone spatula, carefully spread the cheesecake layer over the cookie crust evenly, covering all of the crust (a little edge of crust is OK).
    3. Make the fruit layer:
    In a medium mixing bowl, stir finely chopped blackberries, sugar, lime juice and flour until well combined. Evenly distribute over cheesecake layer.
    4. Make the crumble topping:
    Add brown sugar, flour, oatmeal and chopped walnuts to a medium mixing bowl. Melt butter in microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute on high, and add to bowl with dry ingredients. Stir well with a fork. Until well combined and medium clumps form. Spread crumble topping evenly over blackberry and cheesecake layers.
    5. Bake:
    Transfer baking sheet to preheated 35o degree oven and bake 40-45 minutes, or until crumble toppng and crust are well browned.
    Cool bars completely before transferring to refrigerator to chill. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours, or overnight before serving. Cut into squares (or shapes!) and serve.