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This easy recipe for Cheesecake Bars makes a simple dessert bar that is super creamy, so delicious, and is way easier than making a whole cheesecake!

Cheesecake Bars

  • Yield: 16 bars 1x



For the crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 pound cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips (melted)


For the crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line an 8″ x 8″ square pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil and grease with butter or non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Stir together the crumbs, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and melted butter.
  3. Press into the bottom of an 8″ x 8″ square pan.
  4. Bake the crust for 8 to 10 minutes, until set; the color won’t change much.
  5. Remove the crust from the oven and cool for a few minutes while you lower the oven temperature to 300°F.

For the filling:

  1. Beat together the white sugar, and cream cheese until smooth. Stir in the egg, milk, and vanilla and mix well. Spread filling mixture over baked crust.
  2. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 300°F or until the middle is no longer jiggly; don’t over bake. Let cool on wire rack until mostly cool.
  3. Place melted chocolate into a small plastic Ziploc bag. Snip the corner of the bag, and drizzle the chocolate over the bars. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before cutting and serving.