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.
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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Why we like these Cheesecake Cookie Bars
- 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
- Cream Cheese
- White Sugar
- Lemon juice
- Vanilla Extract
How to make this recipe for Cheesecake Cookie Bars
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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!
If you like this Cheesecake Cookie bar recipe, here are a few more you may enjoy
- Chocolate Caramel Cookie Bars
- Hazelnut Cookie Bars
- Snickerdoodle Bars
- Derby Pie Brownies
- No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake
- White Chocolate Cheesecake
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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.
Wednesday 8th of February 2023
Wow! We ALL loved these! Made them to take to a friend’s house for dinner this week and everyone fell in love! Thank you for a recipe that will likely remain in our family for years to come! My husband is already asking when the next batch will be made…
Saturday 11th of February 2023
Thank you for sharing, Kylie! I love feeding my family and friends especially when the enjoy what I've made and glad that you enjoyed this recipe as well.
Thursday 22nd of December 2022
Can these bars be made without the walnuts?
Friday 23rd of December 2022
You can switch the walnuts for another nut such as pecans. I've never tried eliminating the nuts all together but I wouldn't be afraid too. I believe that it would work fine.
Saturday 10th of December 2022
What do you recommend to make this chocolate cheesecake?
Sunday 11th of December 2022
I am wanting to make this a chocolate cheesecake. Should I add cocoa powder?
Saturday 10th of December 2022
Not sure what you're asking Natalie? Do you have a question on the ingredients?
Sunday 12th of December 2021
Does anyone know if I could make these 3 days in advance? (Or even farther in advance would be great if I could freeze them)
Monday 13th of December 2021
Yes you can, Molly. They'll keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They'll freeze well too.
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!!