Creamy Cherry Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Creamy Cherry Cheesecake Bars Recipe

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Creamy Cherry Cheesecake Bars Recipe

These cherry cheesecake bars are super simple to make and are always a crowd pleaser! The first step in this recipe is to make the crust. You’ll need graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar which get pressed into the bottom of a square pan, then baked until crisp. While the crust is baking, I prepare the filling.

  • PREP TIME 15 MINUTES
  • COOK TIME 40 MINUTES
  • TOTAL TIME 55 MINUTES

These cherry cheesecake bars are the perfect make-ahead dessert for any occasion! Creamy cheesecake sits atop a homemade graham cracker crust, and is finished off with a generous helping of cherries.

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons melted butter
  • cooking spray

For the cheesecake:

  • 16 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream or sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 can cherry pie filling

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8″x8″ pan with foil and coat with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs, 2 tablespoons of sugar and melted butter.
  3. Firmly press the graham cracker mixture into the bottom of the pan.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes.
  5. While the crust is baking, prepare the filling.
  6. Place the cream cheese in the bowl of a mixer and beat until smooth and fluffy.
  7. Add the sugar, heavy cream and vanilla extract and beat until combined.
  8. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  9. Pour the mixture over the crust.
  10. Return the pan to the oven and bake for 38-40 minutes or until set and edges are light brown.
  11. Cool the pan to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 3 days.
  12. Cut the cheesecake into 9 or 12 squares, depending on your preference.
  13. Spoon approximately 2 tablespoons of cherry pie filling over each bar.
  14. Serve.