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cheesecake bars topped with cherries

Cheesecake Bars

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Creamy luscious cheesecake bars with a buttery graham cracker crust and topped with fresh berries is an easy dessert that everyone loves!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cheesecake bars, cream cheese dessert
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Refrigeration Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 50 mins
Servings 9 bars
Calories 360
Author Kim



  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 1 can cherry pie filling or fresh fruit (optional for topping cheesecake bars when serving)


  • Preheat oven to 350°F, and if you will want to remove bars from dish before slicing, line an 8x8" square baking pan with foil or parchment so the sides hang over the edges of the dish. If using foil, spray with nonstick cooking spray.


  • In a medium mixing bowl, add all crust ingredients and stir together until completely combined.
  • Press the crust mixture into the bottom of the baking pan. Bake crust for 5 minutes, then remove and lower oven heat to 325ºF. Let crust cool on a cooling rack.


  • Add cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and lemon juice to a large mixing bowl and use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese and sugar together until smooth. Scrap the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add sour cream and beat until incorporated. Scrap the sides of the bowl between each addition.
  • Pour the cheesecake filling into the crust and smooth the surface. Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until the edges are set, the top is just starting to turn golden brown and the center is just about set and only has a bit of a wobble. Cool completely at room temperature and then once cool, refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours, or overnight, before cutting into bars.
  • To serve, use a large, sharp knife to cut into squares. I recommend wiping the knife clean with a damp cloth between slices. Serve with a dollop of cherry pie filling or fresh fruit and enjoy!


Serving: 1bar | Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 288mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 927IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1mg