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Cheesecake Cookie Bars – Easy No-Fuss Recipe

Cheesecake Cookie Bars combine the best of two desserts. A smooth and creamy layer of cheesecake sits between a soft cookie crust and a delicious cookie crumble.

This recipe was originally posted in 2017 and has been updated to improve reader experience.

Side view of a stack of Cheesecake Cookie bars showing a graham cracker crust, cream cheese filling, and crumble top on a silver platter over a blue napkin.

When you look at a layered dessert, do you think of all of the time, dirty dishes and consuming steps? This Cheesecake cookie bar recipe is quick and easy to make.

These cheesecake bars taste like a fancy cheesecake without all of the fuss.

We’ve found a few of our recipes in the recipe box my 94-year-old mother-in-law gave us a few years ago including this simply delicious Cheesecake Cookie Bar recipe.

The thing that intrigued us about this recipe is that a lot of cheesecake bars look more like a cookie bar.

This Cheesecake Cookie Bar looks like actual an actual square of cheesecake in my humble opinion. That makes them a little fancier than a cookie bar right?

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3/4 angle of a cheesecake cookie bar sitting on a white plate with a cup of coffee and another bar sitting in the background.
  • Unlike making an actual cheesecake, these cheesecake bars don’t require a water bath!
  • There’s no peering into the oven waiting for them to take on the perfect jiggle to indicate they’re done…and,
  • There’s no dreading the infamous crack in the surface!
  • This recipe makes a full 9×13 pan!

Ingredients you will need

  • Brown Sugar
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Walnuts
  • Cream Cheese
  • White Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Lemon juice
  • Vanilla Extract

There are literally two steps for making this recipe. You’ve got the cookie ingredients and you have the cheesecake filling. Let us tell you how we did it.

4 picture grid of making cheesecake cookie bars. 1. make cookie layer 2. bake cookie layer 3. top with cheesecake layer 4. top cheesecake with cookie crumble
  1. Make the cookie layer by beating the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add the walnuts and flour to the butter mixture and blend together until crumbly.
  2. Reserve two cups and press the remaining cookie layer in the bottom of a 9×13 pan and bake. Remove the cookie crust from the oven and allow it to cool while you mix up the cheesecake filling layer.
  3. To make the cheesecake filling, combine the cream cheese and sugar together and mix until smooth. Add the egg, milk, lemon juice, and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.
  4. Assemble the cookie bars by smoothing the cheesecake filling over the top of the baked crust with the filling. Sprinkle the reserved cookie crumble over the filling and bake.
Side view of a bar of Cheesecake Cookie bars showing a graham cracker crust, cream cheese filling, and crumble top that\'s been cut with a fork also on a white plate. A cup of coffee sits in the background next to the pan of cookie bars.

Helpful tips and variations

  • Using room temperature ingredients is key. If your butter or cream cheese is cold, it will not beat smoothly with the other ingredients.
  • We used walnuts in our cookie layer. You could substitute with pecans for a delicious variation.
  • Make sure the cookie layer is cool before topping it with the filling. If it’s too warm, it can liquify the filling. You can even make the cookie layer earlier in the day and finish it later.
  • Allow the bars to cool on a cooling rack and then refrigerate. These bars cut so much easier if they’re chilled.
  • To cut these bars, use a sharp-pointed knife. Dip the knife in very hot water, dry it off and make your cut. Clean the knife and repeat.
Side view of a bar of Cheesecake Cookie bars showing a graham cracker crust, cream cheese filling, and crumble top on a white plate. A cup of coffee sits in the background next to another plate will a cookie bar on it.

Most of the time we want something that tastes like a fussy dessert that isn’t time-consuming like these No-Fuss Cheesecake Cookie Bars.

We don’t mind making time-consuming recipes when we have the time or in the mood but most of the time we want to make something that only tastes like it was fussy and time-consuming.

This recipe makes a full 9×13 pan. That’s a great size for us to take to family gatherings and the holidays.

Some say this size of the pan makes 24 servings.

If you have the knife, you can pick the size of your cookie bar!

Top-down view of a bar of Cheesecake Cookie bars showing a graham cracker crust, cream cheese filling, and crumble top on a white plate. A cup of coffee sits in the background next to another plate will a cookie bar on it.

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Kitchen gadgets

This recipe doesn’t require a lot of fancy equipment to put it together.

We still use this simple baking dish for our bar desserts and the workhorse in my kitchen is my mixer. Smoothing out the creamy cheesecake layer is a breeze with my favorite spatulas too.

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These Cheesecake Cookie Bars are So Good.  They're quick and easy to make and taste like a fancy cheesecake without all of the fuss. | HostessAtHeart.com
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5 from 6 votes

So Good Cheesecake Cookie Bars Recipe

These Cheesecake Cookie Bars are So Good.  They’re quick and easy to make and taste like a fancy cheesecake without all of the fuss.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Servings 12 pieces
Author Julie Menghini

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup butter salted
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 16 oz cream cheese 2-8oz pkgs
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Cream butter with brown sugar in a small mixing bowl.  Add walnuts and flour; mix to make a crumb mixture.  Reserve 2 cups for topping.  Press the remaining mixture into the bottom of a 9×13 pan.  Bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly browned.
  • Blend sugar with cream cheese in a mixing bowl until smooth.  Add egg, milk, lemon juice and vanilla extract.  Beat well.  Spread over baked crust.
  • Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture over cream cheese layer.  Bake for 25 minutes.
  • Cool before cutting. Store covered in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Calories: 453kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 228mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 870IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 1.6mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Recipe Rating




Deb Clark

Thursday 5th of November 2020

5 stars here, we love these bars!! I made a batch and tucked some in the freezer for Thanksgiving - one dessert done!!

MICHAELA KENKEL

Wednesday 4th of November 2020

For anyone who wonders if these are as tasty as they look - I am here to tell you YES!! These are my go-to whenever I need to take dessert somewhere, and I always get asked for the recipe!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 4th of November 2020

We love them too! Thank you!

Amy Nash

Monday 2nd of November 2020

I'm in love with the combination of textures in these base every bit as much as the flavor! They are so easy and good! I'm going to have to freeze some so I don't eat them all right away!

James Seaton

Saturday 16th of December 2017

Julie, these look fantastic (as do the other bars you link to in this post). If I get a chance to bake something before Christmas, I know where I'll be looking for inspiration.

Julie Menghini

Sunday 17th of December 2017

Hi James so happy that you've stopped by! Hope all is going well in your world. Did you ever manage to make it across the vast lands of Nebraska? I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Melissa Griffiths

Saturday 25th of November 2017

I'm with you - I like making fancy stuff but so rarely have the time or motivation to actually do it. So quick, delicious desserts are right up my alley! These look fantastic!

Julie Menghini

Sunday 26th of November 2017

Thank you so much, Melissa!