Thursday, May 10, 2012

Blueberry Fantasia bars

This is a quick and yet decadent dessert that I found on the back of a Lucky Leaf Blueberry Pie Filling jar. I made it and brought it to my cooking club meeting recently and it was a big hit. I love any type of dessert that has a type of cheesecake layer. In addition, coconut has been one of my favorite things lately to work into recipes. So I was interested to try this recipe since it has coconut, nuts, pie filling and cheesecake. You can't go wrong with something like this! This recipe could also be switched up a little by using cherry or some other type of berry pie filling and use some other flavors in the cheesecake, like coconut. I added some lemon extract, which really added some brightness to the dessert.

Serves 12


  • 1 pkg (18 oz.) yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon extract (or vanilla or coconut)
  • 1 1/2 cup blueberry fruit filling (I used a whole can of filling)
  • 3/4 cup flaked coconut
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts
  • In large bowl, blend cake mix, butter and 1 egg.
  • Pat mixture into greased 9x13 inch baking pan.
  • Beat cream cheese until fluffy; add in 2 eggs, flavoring and sugar. Pour over cake mixture.
  • Spoon fruit filling on top evenly. Sprinkle  with coconut and nuts.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes until lightly browned. (Cheesecake layer should not be too wet/jiggly when testing it.)
  • Cool/refrigerate for about 30-45 minutes before cutting.
*Note: the cheesecake layer may be a little soft. You may need to clean the knife after each cut so the cheesecake does not smear all over the other parts. (That's just more for you to taste!)

I also wanted to share that I was one of the bloggers given the Versatile Blogger award by Susie at Earning-My-Cape a few weeks ago (maybe even a little longer- time has been flying by lately). Although I am unable to fulfill all the requirements in accepting that award at this time, I wanted to give her a big THANKYOU!!!! and a tell everyone to check out her blog and show her some blog love. She is just getting started in the blogging world and shares quite a variety of things that she is working on- from various crafts to cooking to information that is useful for our health and families, and basically whatever is happening with her family at that time (like a lot of us do). She is really another sweet person that I have had the privilege to meet since I started blogging. 

Shared with the following:

Miz Helen’s Country CottageCast Party Wednesday
Friday Flair Link Party #19 at Whipperberry


  1. Awww! Thank you, Sarah!!!
    I just popped over from Facebook to check out this awesome-looking blueberry dessert... I had no idea you were saying nice things about me! ;-)

  2. I am fantasising about these bars all right - delicious :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. Yum! Just by reading your description of the cake I am so ready to eat this. I also love coconuts flakes too. They make all the dessert extra delicious. :-)

  4. I have to agree with you that any desserts that have cheesecake layer is plus to me! Great looking bars, awesome combo!

  5. OMG, these look insanely delicious!!

  6. Sarah, I did not see any of your posts from long time but when I visited I see that you are blogging. This is really strange.
    The bars look wonderful. I love blue berries, anywhere.

  7. I love these types of desserts too and the coconut topping sure makes it extra special

  8. Oh my goodness, Sarah! That dessert is something that can surely make me and my girls happy! It looks so good!
    Happy Mother's Day, my dear!

  9. YUM! Thanks for sharing this at Weekend Potluck!
    ~Tonya from 4 little Fergusons

  10. Hi Sarah,

    Your blueberry bars look certainly tempting. Thanks for your comment on my blog. Yes I haven't had time to post new recipes. Now I'm back again after almost 2 months with a new recipe. Hope you are having a great weekend.

    Spoon and Chopsticks

  11. Love the combo you've used here! Simply irresistible!

  12. These bars look really decadent. I'm sure it will go well with hot cup of tea. Thank you and have a great week, Sarah!

  13. I can't wait to try these wonderful bars! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great week end and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

  15. WOW! A very popular recipe this week! Congrats for being featured at Weekend Potluck too! {4 little Fergusons}. It sounds totally delectable and mouth-watering. I LOVE all those flavors. Enjoy a great weekend.

  16. Looks like a perfect dessert to end any meal! :)

  17. This desert looks really good! I love the idea!

  18. Sarah,I loved this. Your recipe is elaborate and with your instructions, it will be very easy to make this. Bookmarked!

  19. OMG. One of the best desserts ever. I had fresh blueberries tho, so I sort of pureed them in the blender, then added the other ingredients. It was to die for!


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