8 Tasty Cheesecake Bar Recipes

by | Jun 10, 2019 | All, Tips

Cheesecake bars are one of our go-to desserts for a group. With this collection of 8 Tasty Cheesecake Bar recipes, you can be sure there is something for everyone!

Squares of Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars with a raspberry swirl on a dark board. Garnished with fresh raspberries.

What is it about cheesecake? More often than not, it’s universally loved and makes an impressive dessert for friends and family. 

A traditional cheesecake recipe is made in a round springform pan and sliced into tall wedges for plating. But it doesn’t have to be!

Cheesecake made in bar form is not only more approachable, but you can also cut it into smaller, bite-sized pieces that can be portable and are perfect for a buffet.

Serve a single variety or two, three or even four choices.  No matter what the occasion, a pan of cheesecake bars are always a great dessert for a group. 

This collection of eight make-ahead Cheesecake Bar Recipes is filled with something for everyone:

  • Got guests with gluten sensitivities? No problem. Check out our two gluten-free cheesecake bar recipes.
  • Not a big baker?  We’ve got you covered with two no-bake cheesecake recipes. 
  • Serving a crowd of chocoholics? Covered. Fruit fans? We have those, too.

If you need a flavorful cheesecake bar recipe, look no further than this collection. Plus we included our favorite tips and tricks to help you get perfect cheesecake bars every time! Read on for all the details! 

8 Tasty Cheesecake Bar Recipes

What is the secret to making really good no bake bars?

The freezer is your friend when you are making no bake desserts.

Pop the crust in the freezer while you are making the batter to get it to set quickly.

After you add the cheesecake batter, make sure you chill the bars for at least 5 hours before you serve them.

Pro tip: If you freeze the cheesecake bars, let them sit out for 30 minutes before you try and cut them or else your crust will break.

Are gluten-free cheesecake bars a thing?

Absolutely! We have a couple of our favorites here, but you can always use gluten-free graham crackers for the crust in any cheesecake recipe with success!

Our go-to brand for gluten-free graham crackers is Pamela's. (She also makes cinnamon and chocolate gluten-free grahams, too!)

My cheesecake always cracks. What’s the best way to prevent cracks in the top of my cheesecake?

A water bath. A water bath is an essential element of achieving creamy, evenly-baked cheesecake.

It sounds fancy, but a water bath is little more than putting your baking pan into another larger pan and filling the larger vessel with water halfway up the sides of your baking pan. (Think 8 x 8 pan inside 9 x 13 pan for visual reference.)

A water bath helps to keep the baking temperature as consistent as possible during the baking process. Even, moist heat ensures the cheesecake is bakes at the same pace (no hard edges and underdone middle pieces).

What’s the secret to really smooth and creamy cheesecake batter?

Room temperature cream cheese. Start with that, and you will be on your way to the silkiest cheesecake bars ever. Promise.

Another tip? Take your time and beat the cream cheese until it’s light and fluffy.

I beat mine in my stand mixer for a full 5 minutes. No cheating.

Your patience is rewarded with smooth, silky cheesecake bars every single time.

Square of Gluten-Free Cherry Almond Cheesecake Bars on a small white plate with a fork.

Did you find a new favorite? No matter the flavor, these Cheesecake Bar recipes are always a huge hit at parties and potlucks. Make a pan today! 

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