Cheesecake Bars

Cheesecake Bars – Delicious layered bars with a sugar cookie crust, cheesecake filling, and a crumb topping. Perfect for cheesecake fans!

Cheesecake Bars

It’s Freaky Friday time again! This time, it is our yearly virtual cookies exchange and I am so excited to share this cheesecake bar recipe from Hostess at Heart with you guys! Freaky Friday is where a bunch of bloggers are all assigned different blogs and we make a recipe from their site to share! None of us know who is assigned to our site so it ends up a fun surprise and a great way to get to know each other and our sites better! It is organized by Michaela from An Affair from the Heart and it’s so fun!

So for this round, I was assigned Julie from Hostess at Heart! Julie is such a lovely person who has the cutest dog names Maci and she is always sharing incredible recipes that all look delicious! She has so many bread recipes that I am dying to make such as her festive cherry almond kugelhopf bread, cinnamon sugar soft pretzels, and sweet nut holiday bread wreath! Go check out her site, it’s a great one!

These cheesecake bars are so amazing! The bottom is a sugar cookie crust and then it is topped with cheesecake filling and crumb topping.  Really, it doesn’t get any better than that.  I picked this recipe because I love cheesecake and it sounded like a fun spin on it.  These cheesecake bars are perfect for dessert or on a cookie exchange tray!

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Cheesecake Bars

Cheesecake Bars

Cheesecake Bars - Delicious layered bars with a sugar cookie crust, cheesecake filling, and a crumb topping. Perfect for cheesecake fans!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter with brown sugar.  Add in walnuts and flour and mix until the dough comes together.
  3. Transfer all but 1/2 cup to the bottom of a 9x13" pan and press it evenly on the bottom.  Bake for 12-15 minutes or until it has lightly browned.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat together sugar and cream cheese until smooth.  Add in eggs, milk, lemon juice, and vanilla extract.  Beat until combined.
  5. Spread cheesecake filling on top of the crust and sprinkle the crumb topping on top.  Bake for 25 minutes.
  6. Cool before cutting the bars.

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  • Reply
    November 30, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Oh heavens, Madi you did such an amazing job on these bars and thank you so much for such sweet comments! You definitely picked one of my favorite recipes!

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    Dan from Platter Talk
    November 30, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    Gorgeous job with your version of these sweet. cheesecake bars! Our family will love these, this holiday season!!!

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    debi at Life Currents
    December 1, 2018 at 9:41 am

    These cheesecake bars look amazing and delicious! I can see why you picked this recipes. All of her’s are great!

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    December 1, 2018 at 11:51 am

    These sound so good! I love cheesecake and am excited to try them this way in a bar! Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays Madi! It’s been so nice “virtually” meeting you this year and getting to enjoy all of your recipes!

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    December 1, 2018 at 11:57 am

    These cheesecake bars look fantastic. I love all the layers with the different textures. Great addition to a cookie tray.

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    Debra C.
    December 1, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    These bars look just terrific! I love the crust, cheesy middle and the delicious crumb topping – perfect treat to share! I can’t wait to try this recipe!!

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    Lisa@Lisa's Dinnertime Dish
    December 2, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    These bars look and sound SO incredible!

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    December 2, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Oh wow, these cheesecake bars sound like the perfect treat! Each layer is simple enough to make and tasty! Thanks for sharing this! Going on the must make list

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    Jennifer Stewart
    December 3, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Cheesecake bars are making me drool right now! I could devour an entire tray!!

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    Lori Vachon
    December 3, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    You know how much I love cheesecake, so I’m drooling over here! Gorgeous dessert!!!

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    Michaela Kenkel
    December 6, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    I could sink my teeth into one of these right now! You can bet anything with the word cheesecake is going right to the top of my must make list!

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