Caramel Cheesecake Bars

Indulge in the irresistible flavors of our Caramel Cheesecake Bars, where buttery graham cracker crust meets creamy cheesecake filling and a luscious caramel topping. Perfect for any occasion, these bars promise to satisfy your dessert cravings with every delicious bite.

Ingredients :

Graham Cracker Crust:

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter, melted

Cheesecake Filling:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup sour cream

Caramel Topping:

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions :

Preparing the Crust:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter in a large bowl until well combined.
  • Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish lined with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

Making the Cheesecake Filling:

  • In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Mix in sour cream until the batter is smooth and creamy.
  • Pour the cheesecake mixture over the prepared crust, spreading it evenly.

Baking the Bars:

  • Bake for 50 minutes in the preheated oven until the cheesecake is set and slightly golden on top.
  • Turn off the oven, open the door slightly, and let the cheesecake cool in the warm oven for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely for about an hour.

Preparing the Caramel Topping:

  • Combine brown sugar and butter in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring continuously until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves.
  • Whisk in sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup, and vanilla extract. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • Use a candy thermometer to boil the mixture until it reaches 225°F (or soft ball stage in cold water test).
  • Let the caramel cool in the pan for 3-5 minutes, then pour it over the cooled cheesecake.
  • Smooth the caramel evenly and allow it to set until completely cool.

Final Steps:

  • Once cooled, cut the cheesecake into squares using a sharp knife.
  • Serve and enjoy these delectable Caramel Cheesecake Bars with friends and family!

Details of Caramel Cheesecake Bars

  • Prep Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
  • Servings: 16

Serving and Storage Tips :

Enjoy your Caramel Cheesecake Bars to the fullest with these helpful serving and storage tips:

Serving Tips:

  1. Room Temperature: For the best texture and flavor, let the cheesecake bars sit at room temperature for about 15-20 minutes before serving.
  2. Garnish: Sprinkle a light dusting of cocoa powder or powdered sugar over the bars just before serving for an elegant touch.
  3. Accompaniments: Serve with a dollop of whipped cream, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or fresh berries on the side for added freshness and contrast.
  4. Cutting Tips: Use a sharp knife dipped in hot water and wiped clean between cuts to achieve clean edges when slicing the bars.
  5. Individual Servings: Consider cutting the bars into smaller pieces for bite-sized portions when serving at parties or gatherings.

Storage Tips:

  1. Refrigeration: Store any leftover cheesecake bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Ensure they are well-covered to prevent absorption of other odors.
  2. Freezing: To freeze, wrap the bars individually in plastic wrap and then in foil. Store in a freezer-safe container for up to 1-2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
  3. Avoid Direct Sunlight: Keep the bars away from direct sunlight and heat sources to maintain their texture and prevent the caramel from melting.
  4. Reheating: If desired, you can gently reheat individual servings in the microwave on low power for a few seconds to soften the caramel topping.
  5. Storing Unbaked Bars: If preparing ahead, you can store the unbaked bars (without the caramel topping) in the refrigerator overnight. Add the caramel topping just before serving for the freshest taste.

Additional Tips:

  • Make-Ahead Option: Prepare the bars a day in advance and store them in the refrigerator. This allows the flavors to meld together for an even more delicious treat.
  • Transporting: When transporting the bars, place them in a secure container to prevent them from shifting or getting squished.
  • Refreshing Leftovers: If the crust becomes slightly soggy over time, place the bars in a preheated oven at 350°F for a few minutes to crisp up the crust again.
  • Customization: Experiment with different toppings such as chocolate drizzle, chopped nuts, or sea salt flakes for a personalized touch.

By following these serving and storage tips, you can ensure that your Caramel Cheesecake Bars remain fresh, flavorful, and ready to delight whenever you’re craving a sweet treat. Enjoy the creamy goodness and decadent caramel flavor with every bite!

Variations :

Explore these delightful variations to customize your Caramel Cheesecake Bars with different flavors and textures:

  1. Chocolate Swirl: Before baking, swirl melted chocolate through the cheesecake batter for a marbled effect. Drizzle extra chocolate on top before adding the caramel.
  2. Nutty Delight: Sprinkle chopped pecans, walnuts, or almonds over the caramel topping for added crunch and nutty flavor.
  3. Fruit Fusion: Add fresh berries like raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries on top of the cheesecake layer before baking for a fruity twist.
  4. Salted Caramel: Sprinkle sea salt flakes over the caramel layer to balance the sweetness with a hint of saltiness.
  5. Coffee Infusion: Mix instant coffee granules into the cheesecake batter for a subtle coffee flavor. Dust cocoa powder over the bars before serving.
  6. Pumpkin Spice: Incorporate pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice into the cheesecake filling for a seasonal variation. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  7. Lemon Zest: Add lemon zest to the cheesecake batter and drizzle lemon glaze over the cooled bars for a refreshing citrusy flavor.
  8. Oreo Crust: Replace the graham cracker crust with crushed Oreo cookies for a chocolatey twist. Proceed with the recipe as usual.
  9. Coconut Bliss: Mix shredded coconut into the cheesecake batter and sprinkle toasted coconut flakes on top of the caramel layer for a tropical taste.
  10. Berry Compote: Serve the bars with a warm berry compote made from mixed berries, sugar, and lemon juice for a decadent topping.


  1. Can I use reduced-fat cream cheese for this recipe?
    • Yes, you can use reduced-fat cream cheese, but keep in mind it may affect the texture and richness of the cheesecake filling slightly.
  2. Can I use salted butter instead of unsalted butter for the caramel topping?
    • Yes, you can use salted butter, but adjust the amount of additional salt you add to the caramel mixture to balance the flavors.
  3. How can I prevent cracks from forming on the surface of the cheesecake?
    • To prevent cracks, avoid overmixing the cheesecake batter and do not overbake. The cheesecake is done when the edges are set but the center is slightly jiggly.
  4. Can I make these bars ahead of time?
    • Yes, you can prepare the bars ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator. Add the caramel topping just before serving for the best presentation.
  5. What can I use instead of corn syrup in the caramel topping?
    • You can substitute corn syrup with honey or maple syrup in equal amounts for a different flavor profile.
  6. Can I use a different type of cookie crust besides graham crackers?
    • Yes, you can use crushed digestive biscuits, shortbread cookies, or even chocolate cookies for the crust.
  7. How do I know when the caramel is ready for pouring over the cheesecake?
    • Use a candy thermometer to ensure the caramel reaches 225°F (soft ball stage). Alternatively, drop a small amount into cold water; it should form a soft ball.
  8. Can I freeze these cheesecake bars?
    • Yes, you can freeze the bars (without the caramel topping) wrapped well in plastic wrap and foil for up to 1-2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before adding the caramel.
  9. What is the best way to store leftovers?
    • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Allow them to come to room temperature before serving.
  10. How can I make these bars more festive for holidays or special occasions?
    • Decorate the bars with seasonal sprinkles, edible gold dust, or crushed candy canes for a festive touch.

Experience the delight of our Caramel Cheesecake Bars, a dessert that combines rich flavors and creamy textures for a memorable treat. Whether for a special occasion or a sweet indulgence, these bars are sure to impress. For more dessert inspirations and cooking tips, stay tuned to our blog!