Damson Plum Cheesecake Bars

These damson plum cheesecake bars of full of cheesecake flavor and fruity damson plum jam. These are the perfect easy cheesecake dessert treat. 

Damson Plum Cheesecake Bars by Nutmeg Nanny

There is nothing worse than wanting to have something sweet in your house and no energy or drive to make anything.  Now I could always gather my things, get in the car, drive to the market, buy a prepackaged sweet and then get home and stuff it into my face BUT that wouldn’t really be helpful for my blog would it? Could you imagine? For today’s recipe just go to the store and buy a cake and put it on a plate! It reminds me of Semi-Homemade Meals by Sandra Lee…hahaha. Ok I guess I shouldn’t really cut on Sandra Lee because I admit there is nothing wrong with having a little help here and there but in the long run one really should do most of the work to call it a recipe.

Ok, enough knocking of people who are millionaires because of the Food Network and back to my dessert of the week.  So, as I was pining for sweets to magically appear in my kitchen I decided to get up off my butt and see what I had hidden in my refrigerator.  So what I found was some cream cheese and damson plum preserves and I though to myself “I can do something with that.”  What I ended up with was a very tasty not overly sweet cheesecake bar.  The great thing about this recipe is you can use whatever jelly or preserves float your boat.  I think raspberry or blueberry would be super tasty but that is another day I guess.  Hope you all enjoy:)

Damson Plum Cheesecake Bars by Nutmeg Nanny

Looking for even more cheesecake deliciousness? Try my cheesecake stuffed strawberries, no bake bluberry cheesecake or my no bake marshmallow Oreo cheesecake


Damson Plum Cheesecake Bars

These damson plum cheesecake bars of full of cheesecake flavor and fruity damson plum jam. These are the perfect easy cheesecake dessert treat.

Yield: 9x13 dish

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes plus chill time


  • 1-3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 6 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 16 ounces packages cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup damson plum preserves
  • 1/2 cup almonds, slivered or chopped

Source: Nutmeg Nanny


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix cracker crumbs, brown sugar and butter. Set aside 1/2 cup of the crumb mixture and place the remaining crumbs in a 9x13 inch baking pan. Press firmly onto bottom off the pan and set aside.

Beat cream cheese, sugar and eggs with electric mixer on medium speed for two minutes or until well blended. Pour over crust. Carefully spread preserves over cream cheese mixture. Stir almonds into remaining crumb mixture, sprinkle evenly over preserves.

Bake 40 minutes or until center is set and top is golden brown. Cool to room temperature. Refrigerate several hours or until chilled. Cut into bars and serve. Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.

14 Responses to “Damson Plum Cheesecake Bars”

  1. #
    donna — June 4, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    I think these sound absolutely wonderful. I love cheesecake bars, I have strawberry in the fridge, bet that would be tasty too. These truly look delicious, nicely done!

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    Irene — June 4, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Oh my goodness, wow, these are gorgeous! My fave is blueberry cheesecake bars, but as much as I love them, I’ve never made them myself — why? I’m bookmarking the recipe now, thanks for sharing!

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    Natasha - 5 Star Foodie — June 5, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Oh, yum – the cheesecake bars with plum jam and almonds sound really wonderful! Wish I had some right now!

  4. #
    Reeni — June 5, 2009 at 10:59 am

    I love how you made something really delicious out of what you had in your fridge! That’s talent. I bet these goodies gave your sweet tooth some satisfaction!

  5. #
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — June 5, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    These look so tasty! Sometimes the best recipes are created out of what’s in the fridge or in the pantry… very creative use of your ingredients!

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    nora@ffr — June 6, 2009 at 7:06 am

    i love cheese.. yumm yummm.. looking fabulous.. gonna try this out soon.. cant wait

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    Blond Duck — June 8, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Sandra Lee bothers me only b/c there are so many talented cooks out there who would die for a show, books, national attention, etc. And there’s nothing wrong with a cake mix or pre-packaged stuff, but don’t hold her up as an example!

    Cheesecake bars, yum! This looks fabulous!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — June 9th, 2009 @ 10:59 am

      Oh I agree there are so many people who would love a show on Food Network. I get bothered because I would love some real chefs to have shows and I feel like all they have is “money saving” cooks. I’m not trying to say I don’t enjoy saving money (I’m a poor forever college student) but I wouldn’t mind learning some real classic desserts or main dishes.

      I’m also not totally against pre-packages stuff (lords knows I use it!) but l guess I just get annoyed that lately that is all I see in recipes. I’m really trying to work on how to make a lot of the basic baking recipes myself. Oh well I guess.

  8. #
    Maia — June 8, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    YUM! These bars look amazing, I’ll be making this soon. 🙂

  9. #
    Yvonne, My Halal Kitchen — June 18, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    wow, your pics are fabulous and they just make me want to eat the desserts right off the page! where do you find the time to make such lovely homemade things? yumm!

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    Julia — July 6, 2009 at 11:17 am

    What an interesting cheesecake bar… definitely going to have to give this one a try!!

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    chilton — July 6, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    interesting combo. they look delicious.

  12. #
    Nama — July 9, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    These look delicious! Who doesn’t love cheesecake?

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    Barbara — March 9, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Thanks so much for this stunning recipe. I usually try to eat locally and seasonally, but I will definitely make an exception for these bars. Simply mouthwatering, as is your entire blog.

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