July 4th Cheesecake – Best Cheap Healthy Patriotic Holiday Party Snack Food & Dessert


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with foil and clamp on the ring.
  2. Combine crust ingredients; mix well. Press evenly into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pan. Bake crust for 7 minutes in preheated oven. Remove and cool on a wire rack.
    While crust is cooling, prepare the filling. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, blend together the cheese, sugar, lemon zest, half-and-half, flour, vanilla and salt. Add eggs, one at a time; blend until smooth.
  3. Pour half of batter into prepared crust. Spoon half of blueberry spread randomly over batter; top with remaining batter, smooth with spatula. Spoon remaining blueberry spread randomly over batter; swirl with knife for marbled effect.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until center is just set. Turn off oven; cool in oven with door propped open 30 minutes. Remove to cooling rack. Cool completely; chill 6 to 24 hours.
  5. Arrange strawberries and blueberries on cooled cheesecake. Brush jelly over fruit; chill at least 30 minutes to set glaze.

– Do not top the cheesecake with the fresh fruit until the day you are serving. The fruit will not have the same fresh appeal and will add a bit of moisture to the top of the cake.
– Feel free to substitute the blueberry jam with strawberry or raspberry.
– The apricot jam is not necessary for the fruit topping, it simply adds a little sheen to the fruit.

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