Cheesecake Bars

Cheesecake Bars have just 5 ingredients in their rich sour cream-cream cheese filling over a buttery graham cracker crust. Perfect for a crowd or snacks on the go.

If you want all the taste of a New York Cheesecake without all the fuss, you are going to love this easy Dessert Recipe. Perfect for parties or whenever you want creamy cheesecake on the go!

Cheesecake Bars in a stack


Cheesecake is one of those desserts that everyone loves but usually only make for special occasions. Between the water bath and slowly cooling the cheesecake in the oven, it takes a lot of patience to make. This easy recipe cuts out all the fuss while still giving you creamy cheesecake every time.

Cheesecake Bars are an easy cheesecake recipe that uses only a handful of ingredients and little cleanup. You could easily make this entire recipe all in one large bowl. Make your graham cracker crust, then rinse and dry out the same bowl to make the cheesecake filling. Use aluminum foil to line the baking dish for even easier cleanup.

Serve Cheesecake Bars with a drizzle of Salted Caramel Sauce or Chocolate Ganache for an easy flavored cheesecake recipe. For a classic topping, serve your Cheesecake Bars with this simple homemade Strawberry Topping, made with only 3 ingredients!

Cheesecake Bars in a stack

You want to store cheesecake in the refrigerator but it tastes best served at room temperature. After they have been chilled, bring the Cheesecake Bars to room temperature for about 30 minutes for the ultimate creamy cheesecake texture.


Serve these to a Crowd

Cheesecake Bars are the best cheesecake recipe for parties, potlucks, or feeding a crowd. You can cut them larger or smaller depending on how many people you are serving. Bake them in a smaller 8×8 inch pan for thicker bars (like brownies), or in a 9×13 baking pan for thinner Cheesecake Bars that you can cut into bitesized pieces.

Make a trio of mini Cheesecake Bites for an easy bridal shower dessert using the variations below. You could make three different batches, or divide the cheesecake filling into thirds and bake in the same pan with aluminum foil dividers. Cut your Cheesecake Bars into bite sized pieces and serve in mini cupcake liners.

Cheesecake Bars in pan


    • Crust: Make a Graham Cracker Crust with crushed Oreos, vanilla wafers, sugar cones, ginger snaps, or hard pretzel twists.
    • Fruit Swirl: Swirl a raspberry or strawberry jam or jelly on top of the cheesecake filling. Pipe from a plastic bag in a few lines across top and gently swirl with a knife.
    • Chocolate Chip: Substitute 30 Oreo cookies (with filling) and leave out sugar in the graham cracker crust. Add 1 cup mini chocolate chips to the cheesecake filling, then sprinkle the top of the cheesecake with another 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips before baking.
    • Lemon: Turn these into creamy Lemon Bar-Cheesecake hybrids by adding lemon curd to the cheesecake filling.
    • Pie Filling: Top each Cheesecake Bar with spoonful canned blueberry or cherry pie filling.



  • Serve: Cheesecake Bars can be at room temperature for up to 2 hours before you need to refrigerate them.
  • Store: Place Cheesecake Bars in an airtight container, or cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for up to 1 week.
  • Freeze: Wrap Cheesecake Bars tightly with plastic wrap, place in a sealed container, and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight then leave at room temperature for 30 minutes to serve.

Cheesecake Bar slice

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Cheesecake Bars

Cheesecake Bars have just 5 ingredients in their rich sour cream-cream cheese filling over a buttery graham cracker crust. Perfect for a crowd or snacks on the go.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cheesecake Bars
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 18 servings
Calories 322 kcal
Author Sabrina Snyder


Graham Cracker Crust

  • 3 cups graham cracker crumbs , (24 full crackers)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted

Cheesecake Filling

  • 32 ounces cream cheese , softened (4 blocks)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray a 9x13 baking dish with baking spray.

  2. Mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter together then press it into the baking dish in an even layer.

  3. To your stand mixer add the cream cheese and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy.

  4. Lower the speed to medium and add in the eggs, sour cream and vanilla until smooth.

  5. Carefully spread mixture on the crust and bake for 40-45 minutes, until set and firm.

  6. Chill completely before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Cheesecake Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 322 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 351mg15%
Potassium 176mg5%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 611IU12%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 101mg10%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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  1. I love cheesecake so this is definitely going to be one of my favorites! I tried it and it is indeed so worth it. My kids and I love it so much. Thank you for this recipe!