Sugar Cookie Cheesecake Bars

These Sugar Cookie Cheesecake Bars are an irresistible dessert that combine sweet sugar cookies with creamy cheesecake! I’ve topped these with crushed toffee bits to give them an extra sweet and crunchy bite. 

If you’re craving a slice of cheesecake and not a bar, try my Sugar Cookie Cheesecake! 

OR try my recipe for Classic Cheesecake if you are looking for something more traditional!

Cheesecake Bar on a sugar cookie crust

Sugar Cookie Cheesecake Bars

I love this recipe so much, because it was one of the first attempts at cheesecake I ever tried. I originally posted this recipe back in 2012, but wanted to update it with some new tips and pictures!

Making cheesecake in “bar form” seems a little less daunting, which is why this is a great place to start if you have cheesecake nerves. Plus, it takes a shortcut in the crust to make it extra approachable for beginners, or anyone short on time!

This recipe for cheesecake bars is foolproof, and is an amazing one to share with friends, serve on a holiday, or make for a weekend sweet treat. 

Sugar Cookie Cheesecake topped with toffee bits

How to Make The Best Cheesecake Bars

Start With The Crust

Like I said above, these bars start with a shortcut. You use a a package of sugar cookie mix! This is a great time saver. Instead of preparing the cookie mix according to the package directions, you add in:

  • Dry Instant French Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • Light Brown Sugar
  • Melted butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • 1 egg

Next The Filling

The filling is very easy! Only a few ingredients are necessary to make this creamy cheesecake layer! All you do is mix them together and spread it on your unbaked crust.

  • Cream Cheese at room temperature. Making sure it’s room temperature is key for smooth cheesecake!
  • Granulated sugar
  • Sour cream. Don’t worry, you can’t taste it as much as it gives you a smooth and creamy texture!
  • 1 egg + 3 yolks. The yolks add richness!
  • Vanilla extract

Making Sugar Cookie Cheesecake Bars

Can You Make These With Homemade Sugar Cookie Dough?

Yep, absolutely! You could even use pre-made sugar cookie dough if you prefer that. You just don’t want the sugar cookie crust to be too thick, so take a look at the pictures and not the thickness of the crust and use that as a guide.

How Long Does Cheesecake Need To Chill?

These cheesecake bars take 30 minutes to bake, and will absolutely need to chill before you serve them.

This is a great dessert to make a day ahead of an event, so save time! And cheesecake is best with an overnight chill (in my opinion).

Can You Freeze Cheesecake Bars?

Yes, absolutely! You can freeze it uncut or cut into pieces.

Just make sure it’s stored airtight in the freezer for up to a month, and allow the cheesecake to thaw in the refrigerator.

What Can You Substitute In Place Of Toffee Bits?

If you can’t seem to find toffee bits at your store (they can be called “Bits o’Brickle”), don’t worry! Here are a few options of other toppers:

  • Crushed Heath Bars
  • Mini Chocolate Chips
  • Crushed Peppermints 
  • Crushed Oreos
  • A Swirl of Caramel

Get creative with toppings if you want! I hope you make these and enjoy them as much as we do!

Sugar Cookie Cheesecake bar on a plate

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Sugar Cookie Cheesecake Bars

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 24 bars 1x
  • Category Category: Cheesecake
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Dessert

Description:

These irresistible dessert bars combine sweet sugar cookies with creamy cheesecake for the ultimate dessert. These Sugar Cookie Cheesecake Bars are topped with toffee crumble to make them even more heavenly!


Ingredients:

  • 1 (17.5 oz) pouch sugar cookie mix
  • 1 (4 serving size) box French Vanilla Instant Pudding
  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 whole eggs + 3 egg yolks
  • 2 (8- ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  •  2/3 cup toffee bits, pulverized in blender or food processor

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9×13 baking pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl mix cookie mix, pudding mix, brown sugar, melted butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 whole egg with a spoon. When the dough starts coming together you might need to use your hands to mix.
  3. Press the cookie dough into the bottom and slightly up the sides of the prepared pan.
  4. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the cream cheese, granulated sugar, sour cream, the remaining whole egg and three yolks and 2 teaspoons vanilla on medium-low speed, until mixture is smooth and creamy. Scrape the sides of the bowl as necessary. Don’t over-mix.
  5. Spread the cream cheese mixture over top the cookie base.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes until center is set.
  7. While bars are baking pulverize your toffee bits in blender or food processor.
  8. Sprinkle on the cheesecake immediately upon removing from oven.
  9. Let the pan cool on wire rack 30-45 minutes and then cover and transfer to refrigerator to chill for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  10. Cut into bars when ready to serve.

Notes:

Store airtight in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Keywords:: cookies and cups, cheesecake, cheesecake bars, cookie bars

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Beth Wadsworth
Beth Wadsworth

These are unbelievable. I tried your salted caramel idea. At first I thought it was a flop, though I knew it would taste amazing, when it came out of the fridge, it couldn’t not be cut because the caramel became a sheet and lifted off. BUT. About an hour later I returned. The sauce had come to room temp and was easily slice-able. I was explaining the issue with the caramel to a friend as she was shoving it in her mouth. With a full mouth, she exclaimed “Don’t you dare change a thing!!” You always come through. (I used… Read more »

Linda Wagner
Linda Wagner

Have you tried it with home made chocolate chip cookie dough. I just hate packaged stuff!

Misty

Wow, my 2 favorites combined..sugar cookies & cheesecake..definitely a must try!

Sharon Chaffee
Sharon Chaffee

These look amazing and of course I’ll try them….but it begs this question:

Is there really anything that WOULDN’T be good under cheesecake??

I think not…..

Maddie
Maddie

I wanted to make these tonight for a friend’s birthday tomorrow- but just realized I don’t have enough eggs. Could I use 3 whole eggs and one egg yolk? What would you suggest?

Cupcakes &Things
Cupcakes &Things

Omg i smell them already they look incredible

Teresa
Teresa

Oh why oh why did I have to discover your site? I’m destined to be fat forever! Seriously, everything looks so good I’m considering braving the 100 degree heat to go to the store. Or maybe not. Jersey girls are special aren’t we?

Joanna Amis
Joanna Amis

I”ll take the points – American Anthem starred Mitch Gaylord 🙂

Susanne
Susanne

I have been searching for the American Anthem soundtrack on CD for years now…they want $35 for it used on Amazon! These Cheesecake Bars look amazing! Found you through Pinterest!

Georgia
Georgia

About the sugar cookie mix – if you look at the ingredients needed to make cookies (including the 2 tablespoons of flour to roll out), it’s the same ingredients you add to cake mix cookies.

I wonder if there is a baking difference? I wonder which is cheaper – cake mix or cookie mix?

Suzanne
Suzanne

Just wanted you to know how much I look forward to all your fun, delicious recipes!! Each day you have a new post up, my day is brighter! Gonna make this tonight for my prayer group. They are going to love it!!
Suzanne from Nashville 🙂

eileensideways
eileensideways

been looking for recipes that start with the sugar cookie mix. but i am allergic to the toffee bits which have almonds in them. ohhhhhhh. what could i use instead? pretzels?

Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

2 of my favorite things, combined! Love cheesecake and love sugar cookies! Yum!

Tracy

These look like little bars of heaven. I’ll take the whole pan, please!

Erika - The Teenage Taste

I didn’t know you were a fellow Jersey girl! Jersey girls unite! Haha!

These cheesecake bars look fabulous! Perfect spring break treat!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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