Home > Desserts > Raspberry Jell-O Cheesecake Bars Raspberry Jell-O Cheesecake Bars May 4, 2017 | 31 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. A thick graham cracker crust with a layer of no-bake “cheesecake” topped with quick-set raspberry filled jell-o. These Raspberry Jell-o Cheesecake Bars make an easy, crowd-pleasing dessert! video tutorial This recipe is adapted from the famous “Strawberry Pretzel Salads” that proliferate the internet. If you’ve never had a strawberry pretzel “salad” then you are seriously missing out. Strawberry pretzel salads are hands-down one of my favorites and I make them (or this variation today) several times every Spring/Summer. I’ve made enough changes on the original that I think it deserves being shared on this site. Although I don’t know the original creator of these dessert bars (also called a salad?), I’m sure that person would be one of my very best friends. These bars have a few variations from the original which personally I think makes them even better! Of course I’m biased 🙂 Since I think they are way more dessert than salad, I’ve made them into more of a dessert with a buttery graham cracker crust. Next, the cheesecake layer has a bit more sugar + some vanilla. And finally, we’ve switched out fresh strawberries for frozen raspberries. I’ve found this dessert always sets up better with the frozen raspberries, because the jell-o doesn’t have to sit at all — you can add it to the top immediately. (!!!) All in all these bars have a few steps, but they are all super quick and simple. I promise these are well worth the time and efforts — you’re going to LOVE them! FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Raspberry Jell-o Cheesecake Bars 5 from 5 votes - Review this recipe Simple raspberry jell-o topped cheesecake bars with a delicious buttery graham cracker crust! SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Raspberry Jell-o Cheesecake Bars 5 from 5 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Simple raspberry jell-o topped cheesecake bars with a delicious buttery graham cracker crust! Course Dessert Cuisine American Prep Time 30 minutes Total Time 30 minutes Servings 40 squares Calories 123kcal Author Chelsea IngredientsCrust12 full sheets graham crackers (approximately 1 and 1/4 cups crumbs)1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted3 tablespoons granulated sugarCheesecake Layer10 ounces full-fat brick-style cream cheese, at room temperature1 cup granulated sugar1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 container (8 ounces) cool whip topping, thawedRaspberry Jell-o Layer2 cups boiling water1 package (6 ounces) raspberry Jell-o1 bag (16 ounces) frozen raspberries InstructionsPreheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 pan with nonstick cooking spray. Crush the graham crackers in a blender or food processor until they are in crumbs.In a large bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and white sugar until combined. Press this mixture into the bottom of the prepared 9 x 13 pan and bake for 8-10 minutes.Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add in the sugar and vanilla extract and beat until combined. Fold the cool whip topping into the mixture.Spread this mixture onto the COMPLETELY cooled graham cracker crust. Smooth it evenly and so that none of the graham cracker crust is exposed (the jell-o will seep through.) Place in the freezer while you prepare the last layer.Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add in the gelatin and whisk until combined. Pour in the bag of frozen raspberries and stir until those are combined.Immediately (don't let this jell-o layer sit) pour it on top of the cheesecake layer and smooth it to make 1 even layer.Cover tightly and place in the fridge until completely set. To get 40 servings, cut rows of 8 x 5. These make small pieces, so of course, feel free to cut them larger! Nutrition FactsCalories: 123kcal We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below. Recipe inspired from this Strawberry Pretzel Salad.