These luxurious, silky smooth cream cheese bars are just as rich and delectable as any cheesecake.
The only difference is they’re way easier to make.
Cream cheese bars are ideal for when you’re in the mood for something smooth, sweet, and velvety but don’t have the time or energy to bake an entire cake.
And from classic vanilla and chocolate to the more unique orange creamsicle, this dessert collection has every craving covered.
Most of these recipes are super simple and come together in no time.
Better yet, they’re perfect for parties when you need tasty desserts for a crowd.
20+ Irresistible Cream Cheese Bar Recipes for Dessert
1. Cheesecake Brownies
Dessert lovers rejoice! Cheesecake brownies are the best of both worlds!
These treats combine the rich, chocolatey flavor of brownies with the creamy sweetness of a cheesecake, all in one heavenly bite.
And they’re so easy to make!
Just mix up a batch of brownie batter, spread it into a pan, and top it with a layer of cheesecake filling.
Then bake until the brownies are cooked, and the cheesecake is set.
Feel free to use a boxed brownie mix! And don’t be afraid to play around with the cheesecake flavor, either. I like red velvet or peanut butter!
2. Cinnamon Cream Cheese Bars
Sweet, rich, and decadent, these cinnamon-spiced bars are the perfect mid-morning pick-me-up.
A cross between coffee cake and cheesecake, they’re soft and fluffy, with rich cinnamon flavor and creamy cheesecake filling.
The base is a simple crescent roll crust topped with a rich cream cheese filling.
Over that goes a layer of buttery cinnamon sugar streusel for sweetness and crunch. Yum!
3. The Best Philadelphia Cheesecake Bars
Cheesecake is my favorite dessert – in every shape, flavor, or style!
And from the Graham Cracker crust to the luxurious sweet cheese filling and bright strawberry top, this recipe hits the spot every time.
The color is lovely, they taste amazing, and they’re perfect for feeding a party full of people.
As the name suggests, you’ll use Philadelphia cream cheese for the smoothest, silkiest, and richest bars possible.
But hey, they’ll be just as good with generic cream cheese. Just be sure it’s full-fat!
4. Blueberry Cream Cheese Bars
Make these blueberry cream cheese bars for your next summer bash, and they’ll fly off the plate!
Like the recipe above, they start with a buttery crumb crust. Then comes the sweet filling.
But this one gets toppings with bold, bright blueberries instead of strawberries.
So if you have any leftover blueberries, be sure to save them for this recipe!
5. Neiman Marcus Bars
Neiman Marcus has a few tasty recipes floating around the internet.
And this scrumptious treat has been a favorite since it was first introduced in the early 1900s.
And because it’s so outrageously delicious, it continues to be popular to this day.
This recipe is like the love child of a blondie and a gooey butter bar. It’s got a nice firm base, a wonderfully gooey center, and a crisp and shiny outer crust.
Delicious doesn’t even cover it!
6. Chocolate Cream Cheese Bars
Rich, creamy, and oh-so-chocolatey, these chocolate and cream cheese bars are always a hit!
The perfect dessert for chocolate lovers, they start with a layer of dense chocolate Graham Cracker with crushed walnuts.
Follow that with a layer of smooth and creamy lemon cheesecake. Finally, it’s finished with another layer of chocolate-walnut crumb.
The lemon juice may seem odd with chocolate, but it’s surprisingly tasty. That said, I actually prefer these with lime juice.
7. Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookie Bars
Chocolate chip cookie bars with cream cheese are about as rich and dreamy as it gets.
Instead of boring old Graham Crackers, this recipe has a nice thick layer of chocolate chip cookie dough on the bottom.
Over that, you’ll pour a simple cream cheese mixture and top it with cookie dough bits.
After a spin in the oven, the cream cheese and cookie dough set, and it’s just begging to be devoured!
I like it nice and cold with plenty of salted caramel drizzled over the top.
8. Cream Cheese Cherry Pie Crumb Bars
Want to make a show-stopping dessert in a flash? I highly recommend these cream cheese cherry pie crumb bars.
They have a buttery crumb at the bottom, a layer of sweetened cream cheese in the middle, and sweet cherry pie filling on top.
But that’s not all! You’ll finish it with more buttery crumbs on top for a stunning and comforting dessert everyone will love.
The bars are rich and creamy with plenty of sweet cherry flavor.
9. Brown Butter Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Blondies
From an afternoon snack to a special dessert, these blondies are perfect for any occasion.
And they’re so sweet and scrummy, you’ll want to make them again and again!
The blondie base is made extra special with browned butter. It’s an extra step, but boy, does it pay off!
Trust me, brown butter makes everything a million times more delicious.
Of course, these babies also feature sweet cheesecake filling and raspberry jam, so every bite is better than the last.
10. Cream Cheese Funfetti Bars
How fun are these funfetti bars?
Colorful, sweet, and wonderfully creamy, they’ll make your kids’ birthday party extra adorable.
And it all starts with a box of funfetti cake mix. You’ll doctor it up with cream cheese, making it ultra-rich and moist.
11. Gingerbread Cookie Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting
If you’re craving gingerbread cookies and prefer them thick and chewy, you’ll go gaga for this recipe.
The scrumptious gingerbread cookie base is insanely dense and fudgy. And when you add the smooth and silky cream cheese frosting, they’re to die for.
It’s like eating a gingerbread cookie and a slice of cheesecake at the same time! Pretty heavenly, huh?
12. Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars
Classic red velvet cake is almost always served with fluffy cream cheese frosting.
But these bars take a step further.
Along with dreamy red velvet goodness, you’ll swirl through luscious sweetened cream cheese.
They’re super indulgent and so good, you won’t be able to resist a second piece.
Their deep red hue makes them perfect for Valentine’s Day, but they’re easy enough to make any day.
13. Cream Cheese Carrot Cake Bars
Who doesn’t love carrot cake? The rich, moist cake, spiced with cinnamon and flecked with carrots is a classic for a reason.
And while I love it as is, sometimes I just want something a little easier to eat. That’s where these cream cheese carrot cake bars come in!
They’ve got all the flavor of carrot cake, but they’re much easier to eat on the go. Plus, their swirls of cream cheese frosting make them even more irresistible.
14. Cream Cheese Lemon Bars
These cream cheese lemon bars are the perfect combination of sweet and tart.
Unlike standard lemon bars, they feature tangy cream cheese with the lemon. That keeps it creamy and ensures the citrus is balanced and not overly sour.
Sitting on a buttery shortbread crust, these bars are unbelievably easy to make, and they’re always a hit at parties and potlucks.
If you need a dessert that’ll impress your guests without requiring hours in the kitchen, these bars are a perfect choice.
15. Rhubarb Cream Cheese Bars
The next time you need a refreshing summer treat, take this recipe for a spin.
The sweet-tart flavor of rhubarb is a beautiful match for the creamy richness of cream cheese. And the buttery shortbread crust provides a delicious contrast.
These bars are a breeze to make and can be easily tailored to your taste.
For example, if you want a little extra sweetness, try adding some honey or brown sugar to the filling.
Or better yet, make it a double dose of summer fun and add fresh strawberries!
However you choose to enjoy them, just be sure to make extra! They won’t last long.
16. Cream Cheese Cranberry Bars
From summer to winter, this recipe is just the ticket for all those holiday parties you have coming up.
Made with just a few simple ingredients, they come together in a snap and taste amazing.
The oats give them a nice chewy texture, and the cranberries add a tart sweetness you expect from Christmas desserts.
Best of all, they can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for up to a week! That’ll make party planning much more manageable.
17. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars
I know Christmas is coming, but it’s still fall, so it’s time to get into the spirit of the season with some pumpkin cream cheese bars!
You’ll make a moist pumpkin cake that’s honestly super delish on its own.
But this isn’t a cake collection! So, swirl that yummy batter with dollops of cream cheese filling.
The two layers combine to create a gorgeous marble effect and some of the best pumpkin bars you’ll ever eat.
18. Salted Caramel Cheesecake Bars
From the buttery cracker crust and caramel cheesecake filling to the gooey salted caramel topping, these sweet and salty treats are borderline addictive.
They’re rich, decadent, and totally Insta-worthy!
Feel free to play around with the recipe, too. For example, I like to add peanut butter chips to the filling. Yum!
19. Apple Cream Cheese Bars
Some of my favorite fall desserts feature spiced apples. And these apple cream cheese bars are my newest obsession.
With an oat crumble crust, cinnamon apple filling, sweetened cream cheese topping, and a sprinkle of oat crumble, to boot, they’re everything you love about autumn and more!
Try them once, and you’ll never go back to boring apple pie again.
20. Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake Bars
These orange creamsicle cheesecake bars are rich and creamy with a tart orange flavor that’ll remind you of the good old days.
I adore creamsicles, so having them in cheesecake form is such a treat!
21. French Vanilla Cream Bars
These French vanilla cream bars are absolutely delicious!
At the bottom is a cookie-like crust with a simple yet spectacular French vanilla flavor.
It’s topped with a bed of sweetened cream cheese and finished with bits of French vanilla cookies.
The flavors are great, but what I find remarkable is the melt-in-your-mouth texture.
As a bonus, these bars only require a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.
22. No-Bake Lime Cheesecake Bars
No-bake lime cheesecake bars are light, refreshing, and effortless to whip up when the sugar cravings strike.
And because they don’t require any baking, they’re perfect for those hot summer days when you don’t want to turn on the oven.
Just mix up the filling, pour it into a prepared Graham Cracker crust, and chill until firm.
Whether you’re entertaining guests or just looking for a tasty treat, these no-bake lime cheesecake bars will hit the spot!
23. Oreo Cheesecake Bars
Let’s end this list with a bang, shall we?
Oreo cheesecake bars are just as sweet, crunchy, and dreamy as they look. And yes, there’s Oreos in every single mouthful!
Better still, this recipe is terrific with any kind of Oreo. So go for golden, mint, pumpkin, or strawberry cheesecake!
Whatever you can get your hands on, they’re beyond divine.
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