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Easy Sugar Cookie Cheesecake Bars are my idea of the perfect dessert. Semi-homemade yet full of decadence, this semi-homemade bar cookie recipe stars cheesecake atop a buttery sugar cookie crust.

A pan filled with sugar cookie bar squares.

These Sugar Cookie Cheesecake Bars are perfectly balanced, taste lightly sweet, and land on your palate with the just-right amount of decadence (without being too heavy). Translation: They’re perfect.

And what makes this bar cookie recipe even sweeter is that it’s a cinch, especially compared to what inspired them. My friend Sarah had been saving an old magazine clipping circa 1995 with a dessert recipe for Crème Brûlée Bars with toffee bits.

The original recipe had nuts, which Sarah is allergic to, so we tested, tinkered, taste-tested, and time after time. The result? These bars that feature a silky, creamy cheesecake filling over a sugar cookie crust that will transport immediately back to childhood.

No nuts? No problem. In this case, less is more.

Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step by step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Recipe FAQs
  6. Sugar Cookie Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for sugar cookie cheesecake bars.

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Ingredient notes

  • Sugar cookie mix: Or homemade sugar cookies if you’re feeling ambitious!
  • French vanilla instant pudding mix: Feel free to swap in regular vanilla pudding if you prefer.

Step by step instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-inch by 13-inch cake pan with nonstick spray. In a large bowl, combine cookie mix, pudding mix, brown sugar, butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 whole egg. Mix well and press in to bottom of pan. In a standing mixer with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl by hand, beat cream cheese, sour cream, and sugar until smooth.
  1. Add remaining whole egg, egg yolks, and remaining 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla. Beat until smooth. Pour over crust in pan and smooth the top.
Cheesecake mixture being poured on top of sugar cookie dough.
  1. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until center is set. Cool at least 30 minutes.
Sugar cookie cheesecake bars in a pan before being sliced.
  1. Top with sprinkles. Store in the refrigerator.
Sugar cookie cheesecake squares on a baking sheet.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This Sugar Cookie Cheesecake Bar recipe makes 30 small squares (or more like 20 to 24 in my home)!
  • Storage: Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
A pan filled with sugar cookie bars.

Recipe FAQs

Could I try another flavor besides sugar cookie for the crust?

I haven’t tested this yet, but I’d imagine other flavors of boxed cookie mix (like chocolate chip, double chocolate chunk, snickerdoodle, peanut butter, white chocolate macadamia nut, and oatmeal) would also be delicious.

How can I top these Sugar Cookie Cheesecake Bars?

Add color and crunch with sprinkles or jimmies, or garnish each bar cookie with a spoonful of Caramel Sauce, Chocolate Sauce, Strawberry Topping, or Raspberry Coulis.

Sugar cookie cheesecake squares on a small blue plate.

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Easy Sugar Cookie Cheesecake Bars are my idea of the perfect dessert. Semi-homemade yet full of decadence, this semi-homemade bar cookie recipe stars cheesecake atop a buttery sugar cookie crust.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Servings 30 bars
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 53

Ingredients 

  • 1 (17.5 ounce) package sugar cookie mix (see note 1)
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) box French vanilla instant pudding mix (see note 2)
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter melted
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract divided
  • 2 whole eggs plus 3 egg yolks
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Sprinkles for garnish

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-inch by 13-inch cake pan with nonstick spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine cookie mix, pudding mix, brown sugar, butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 whole egg. Mix well and press in to bottom of pan.
  • In a standing mixer with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl by hand, beat cream cheese, sour cream, and sugar until smooth.
  • Add remaining whole egg, egg yolks, and remaining 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla. Beat until smooth. Pour over crust in pan and smooth the top.
  • Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until center is set. Cool at least 30 minutes. Top with sprinkles. Store in the refrigerator.

Notes

  1. Sugar cookie mix: Or homemade sugar cookies if you’re feeling ambitious!
  2. French vanilla instant pudding mix: Feel free to swap in regular vanilla pudding if you prefer.
  3. Yield: This Sugar Cookie Cheesecake Bar recipe makes 30 small squares (or more like 20 to 24 in my home)!
  4. Storage: Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1barCalories: 53kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 32mgPotassium: 8mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 124IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Amazing! Made this for a dinner party. Put some grated vanilla bean into the cream cheese mixture and it was so good. Served with chocolate sauce or berries.5 stars

  2. these recipies are so delicious n has its unique flavour ,and tastes like ymmm its awsm
    I love them all <3 <3
    Thanku for sharing recipies 5 stars