When it comes to holidays, I always think about my Mom. She loves to decorate, celebrate and bake for every holiday!
Growing up, I was always the kid taking some kind of “holiday themed” treat to school. I guess you could say that translated to my adult life, because I now feel the need to make a themed treat for every holiday… well that and the encouragement of the almighty Pinterest 😉
With 4th of July right around the corner, I began brainstorming all kinds of red, white and blue recipes that I could make for the holiday.
I thought back to the summer of 2013 when I made the oh-so-popular Frozen Strawberry Cheesecake Bars and decided to create a new version of this sweet, refreshing dessert for 4th of July!
I started with red velvet cheesecake, then added blueberries and white chocolate chips to give these bars the full red, white & blue treatment! I then cut the bars into stars, and boom, the perfect cool & patriotic treat is ready for the holiday!
- 1 ¾ cups Oreo cookie crumbs
- 5 tbsp butter (melted)
- 16 oz cream cheese
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp cocoa
- 1 tsp red food coloring
- ½ cup blueberries
- ½ cup white chocolate chips
Place app ⅔ bag of Oreos into a food processor or blender. Blend until you have 1 ¾ cups cookie crumbs.
Combine the Oreo crumbs and butter in a large bowl.
Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish.
Note: I realized after the fact, that if I parchment lined the baking dish it would have been mush easier to remove the bars from the dish once they are frozen. I highly recommend this 😉
Place in the freezer for 10 minutes.
Combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, cocoa and red food coloring in a large bowl with an electric hand mixer. Blend until creamy.
Hand mix in the blueberries and white chocolate chips.
Remove the crust from the freezer and spread the cheesecake on top.
Place back into the freezer for at least 4 hours.
Remove from the freezer at least 20 minutes before serving to thaw enough to slice through.
Slice into bars, or stars. If using a cookie cutter to slice into stars, I recommend a metal cookie cutter.
Once they’re sliced, serve immediately or place back in the freezer until ready to serve.
You just can’t beat the combination of super cute & super tasty!
What do you have planned for the upcoming 4th of July holiday?
I’m excited to head to Houston where I’ll be meeting my brother from Washington DC and my parents from Oklahoma to visit my 90 year old grandma! It’s going to be nice and warm, so I have a feeling we’re going to need some of these frozen cheesecake bars to cool us down 😉