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Guava Cheesecake Bars

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These guava cheesecake bars have a creamy, decadent Hawaiian flare and best of all it’s an easy recipe. Just a few ingredients and you’ve got the perfect dessert to share with family and friends.

guava cheesecake bars with maikai creme cookies

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I love cheesecake, but I love cheesecake bars even more. Add a tropical fruit flavor of Hawai’i like guava for the cheesecake filling and it can’t be beat.

Guava + cheesecake + make it in a bar form = amazingness!

guava cheesecake bars close up

The best thing about cheesecake bars is the ability to easily share with one another and here in Hawai’i food and family are everything.

Just a few ingredients with some pantry staples will give you the most delicious and decadent dessert you’ve ever sunk your teeth into.

If you love cheesecake, you’ll have to try churro cheesecake, Instant Pot pumpkin cheesecake, or red velvet cheesecake brownies

guava cheesecake bars cut

What’s the best way to serve cheesecake?

Personally I like to eat it as a stand alone dessert. You can opt to eat it chilled or at room temperature (remove from the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature before serving).

Ingredients for guava cheesecake bars

(Full recipe instructions and ingredient amounts are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post)

  • Maika’i Organic Vanilla Creme Cookies. These can be found at your local Foodland in the cracker and cookie aisle and make a great alternative to the classic graham crackers crust.
  • Butter. I use unsalted, but you can use salted here as well.
  • Cream cheese. Room temperature cream cheese makes for the smoothest cheesecake.
  • Granulated sugar. You can replace this with brown sugar or your sweetener of choice.
  • Vanilla. I like to use homemade vanilla extract https://keepingitrelle.com/instant-pot-vanilla-extract/, but feel free to pick some up from your local grocery store.
  • Eggs. Using room temperature eggs will allow better incorporation in the cheesecake batter.
  • Guava jam. I also like using fresh guavas to make homemade guava jam, but feel free to get the store bought jam, guava paste, or guava puree.
guava cheesecake bars ingredients

How to make guava cheesecake bars?

  1. Preheat the oven temperature to 350F.

2. Add Maika’i Organic Vanilla Creme Cookies to a food processor or blender. Blitz until a fine sand consistency. Add melted butter and mix until a wet sand consistency.

guava cheesecake bars crust crumble

3. Line an 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper. Pour the crumb mixture into the pan and press mixture down firmly until even spread.

guava cheesecake bars crust

4. Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. While the crust is baking, prepare the cream cheese filling.

5. To the large bowl of a stand mixer add room temperature cream cheese and sugar. On medium speed, mix until well combined. Next add sugar and room temperature eggs, 1 egg at a time. Mix until smooth. You can also use an electric mixer or hand mixer.

cheesecake batter for guava cheesecake bars

6. Once the crust has finished baking, remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.

guava cheesecake bars top down view

7. Pour mixture of cream cheese evenly over the crust. Dollop spoonfuls of the guava jam on the cheesecake. Using a knife, swirl the guava jam throughout the cheesecake mixture.

guava cheesecake bars close up swirl

8. Place in the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes or until the top of the cheesecake is lightly browned and slightly jiggly in the middle with an internal temperature of 180-190F. 

guava cheesecake bars top down view

9. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Once cool cheesecake can be placed in the refrigerator to chill for a few hours or ideally overnight and ENJOY!

Tips for the best guava cheesecake recipe

  • Line your baking dish with parchment paper or use non-stick cooking spray to allow easy removal of the cheesecake bars after baking.
  • Use room temperature ingredients. Using room temperature cream cheese will give you the smoothest texture and using room temperature eggs will allow the ingredients to incorporate better.
  • Be sure to add eggs in one at a time. This will allow the mixture to blend together well and create a more smooth batter.
  • Bake your cheesecake to an internal temperature of about 180-190F.
  • Allow to cool completely before cutting.The guava cheesecake bars will hold their shape better when chilled.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can you tell when cheesecake bars are done?
  • The top of the bars should be golden brown and the center should have a slight jiggle with an internal temperature of 180-190F.
  • Do cheesecake bars need to be refrigerated?
  • Yes. The dairy based filling will require refrigeration to keep safe for consumption.
  • How long can cheesecake be left out?
  • Cheesecake should be consumed within 2 hours of being taken out of the refrigerator. If the cheesecake will not be consumed in that time, be sure to place the leftover cheesecake back in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
  • How to store cheesecake bars?
  • Cheesecake bars are best kept in an airtight container and stored in the refrigerator.
  • Can you freeze guava cheesecake?
  • You bet. That’s one of the best things about this recipe, make it in advance and save some for later. It is best to wrap the bars in plastic wrap and place in an airtight container or zip top bag before freezing. This will keep for 3- 6 months.
  • guava cheesecake bars on a plate

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    guava cheesecake bars on a plate

    Guava Cheesecake Bars

    Yield: 16 servings
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 50 minutes
    Additional Time: 4 hours
    Total Time: 5 hours

    These guava cheesecake bars have a creamy, decadent Hawaiian flare and best of all it’s an easy recipe. Just a few ingredients and you’ve got the perfect dessert to share with family and friends.

    Ingredients

    • 1 package (12 ounce) Maika’i Organic Vanilla Creme Cookies
    • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
    • 2 blocks (8 ounces each) cream cheese
    • ½ cup granulated sugar
    • ½ teaspoon vanilla
    • 2 eggs
    • ¼ cup guava jam

    Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
    2. Add Maika’i Organic Vanilla Creme Cookies to a food processor or blender. Blitz until a fine sand consistency. Add melted butter and mix until a wet sand consistency.
    3. Line an 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish with parchment paper. Pour the crumb mixture into the pan and press down firmly until even spread.
    4. Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. While the crust is baking, prepare the cream cheese filling.
    5. To the bowl of a stand mixer add room temperature cream cheese and sugar. Mix until well combined. Next add sugar and room temperature eggs, 1 egg at a time. Mix until smooth.
    6. Once the crust has finished baking, remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
    7. Pour the cream cheese mixture evenly over the crust. Dollop spoonfuls of the guava jam on the cheesecake. Using a knife, swirl the guava jam throughout the cheesecake mixture.
    8. Place in the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes or until slightly jiggly in the middle and an internal temperature of 180-190F. 
    9. Refrigerate for a few hours until cooled and ENJOY!

    Notes

  • Line your baking dish with parchment paper or use non-stick cooking spray to allow easy removal of the cheesecake bars after baking.
  • Use room temperature ingredients. Using room temperature cream cheese will give you the smoothest texture and using room temperature eggs will allow the ingredients to incorporate better.
  • Be sure to add eggs in one at a time. This will allow the mixture to blend together well and create a more smooth batter.
  • Bake your cheesecake to an internal temperature of about 180-190F.
  • Allow to cool completely before cutting.The guava cheesecake bars will hold their shape better when chilled.
  • Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 88Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 39mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g

    Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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    By on January 26th, 2022

    About Relle

    Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

    I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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    4 thoughts on “Guava Cheesecake Bars”

    1. Hi Relle!
      I enjoy all of your recipes and often
      share them with my family and friends!
      Both on Hawaii and on the Mainland!
      Yes I would buy one of your Awesome
      Cook Books! Keep up your good work
      by sharing your awesome yummy recipe’s with everyone!
      Kung Hee Fat Choy The year of the
      Tiger!

      Aloha,
      Ernestine 😘🌺🦋

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    2. Aloha Relle, made this recipe with my Grand children and we loved it soooooo ONO. I just got #3 bout Costco stuff would you plz send 1&2. Keep up da Ono recipes. Mahalo, Henry

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