Hello to all the friends of All Things Thrifty… I’m Ruthie from Whats Cooking with Ruthie and I’m SO excited to be here today to share a delicious recipe with you!

It’s that time of year when we’re all trying to shred a few of those winter pounds…

I’ve written about my weight loss story here (part A & part B) and even though I am a foodie-

I try to make my recipes as healthy as possible without sacrificing any flavor :)

These Skinny Lemon Cheesecake Bars are a delicious example of having a fabulous dessert without all the calories of your typical cheesecake…


Skinny Lemon Cheesecake Bars by www.whatscookingwithruthie.com


Skinny Lemon Cheesecake Bars
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Ruthie
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 18
  • 1/3 C butter, softened
  • 1 C sugar, divided
  • 4 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 1 1/4 C flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 pkgs (8oz) neufatchel cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp grated lemon peel
  • 18 fresh raspberries
  • 18 thinly sliced lemon for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 9in pan with foil, spray with cooking spray, set aside.
  3. In a small bowl combine butter and 1/4 C sugar; beat until smooth (approx 2 min)
  4. Stir in 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice; mix.
  5. Add flour and sea salt; mix well. (will be crumbly)
  6. Press into prepared pan.
  7. Bake 14-16 minutes until edges are lightly golden brown.
  8. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine cream cheese and remaining sugar until smooth.
  9. Add egg; beat on low just until combined.
  10. Stir in lemon peel and remaining lemon juice.
  11. Pour over crust.
  12. Bake 16-20 minutes or longer or until filing is set.
  13. Cool on wire rack for 1 hour.
  14. Refrigerate for a least 2 hours.
  15. Using foil, lift bars our of pan, peel off foil, cut into bars.
  16. Garnish with thinly sliced lemon and raspberries if desired.


Skinny Lemon Cheesecake Bars by www.whatscookingwithruthie.com

Skinny Lemon Cheesecake Bars are a definite crowd pleaser and super fun for summertime gatherings AND I promise you won’t miss a single calorie!!

While we are thinking about delicious recipes here a couple of my other favorite Healthy/Skinny recipes that you may enjoy…

Rosemary Hasselback Potatoes by www.whatscookingwithruthie.com

Rosemary Hasselback Potatoes

Healthy Omega 3 Cookies by whatscookingwithruthie.com

Healthy Omega 3 Cookies

Tomato Basil Soup by www.whatscookingwithruthie.com

Tomato Basil Soup

Thanks so much for letting me visit today… I just love Brooke- she is every bit as adorable in person as she is on her site!!

Such a big thanks to Brooke for having me visit today, I’d LOVE to have you come and visit me anytime at www.whatscookingwithruthie.com or connect with me on on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest!

Happy Cooking!

xoxo~ Ruthie


  1. Crystal says

    Great recipe!! I can’t wait to try it! T’m always looking for healthier or skinny desserts. Thanks for the recipe!!

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