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Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars

UPDATED with video! Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars. A very festive and super easy to make, cheesecake cookie bar recipe. One of our most popular cookie bar recipes ever. Perfect for the Holiday freezer.

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Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars

Here’s another very simple recipe to add to our growing collection of cookies, squares and bars. Creamy cheesecake sits atop a cookie base.

The bright red cherries add flavour and a festive look to these delicious little squares.

The cheesecake portion is quite dense and holds up well to freezing. That makes them a terrific addition to your Holiday baking list too.

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Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars

UPDATE : Cheesecake and cheesecake related recipes have been very popular on Rock recipes from the beginning. Click this Cheesecake Link if you dare to see several pages of cheesecake indulgences that we have featured over the years. 

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These cheesecake squares have been a particular hit, ending up on our list of our 25 most popular recipes on our 7th Anniversary. Maybe it’s because they turn out so pretty. Or that  they are easy even for a beginner baker. Maybe that they are a great way to portion control.  Perhaps that they freeze well for later, or…well, it starts to become obvious why they are so popular, doesn’t it?

Red Glacé Cherries for Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars, pictured in a glass bowl.

Red Glacé Cherries for Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars.

If this is your kind of cookie bar recipe then, you might want to try our Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Bars.

…or our incredibly popular Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars.

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Yield: 18 large cookie bars

Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars – a very festive and easy cheesecake cookie bar recipe. One of our most popular cookie bar recipes ever.

Ingredients

FOR THE BASE & CRUMB TOPPING

  • 1½ cups flour
  • ⅓ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup cold butter

FOR THE CHEESECAKE FILLING

  • 1 cup (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅔ cup glace cherries, , cut in quarters (well drained maraschino cherries will also work, I rinse them and drain them on paper towels before cutting them)

Instructions

  1. In a food processor pulse together the flour, brown sugar and butter until crumbly (or simply cut the butter through the flour and sugar with a pastry knife or two butter knives held between your fingers)
  2. Save a ½ cup of this crumble mixture to sprinkle over the top later.
  3. Press the rest of the crumble mixture into the bottom of a greased or parchment lined 8x8 inch square baking pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes while preparing the cheesecake filling.
  5. Beat together the cream cheese, white sugar, lemon juice and vanilla extract until smooth.
  6. Beat in the egg.
  7. Fold in the chopped cherries.
  8. Spread the cheesecake mixture evenly onto the pre-baked cookie base and sprinkle the reserved cookie crumble over the surface.
  9. Bake at 325 degrees F for 20 - 30 minutes or until the cheesecake is set at the centre.
  10. Let cool completely in the pan before cutting and serving.
  11. Refrigerate in airtight containers. Freezes well too.

Notes

I've since made this recipe with fresh cherries that have been quartered and they were delicious as well.

Nutrition Information

Yield

18

Serving Size

1 grams

Amount Per Serving Calories 133Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 25mgSodium 56mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 0gSugar 10gProtein 2g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Jamie

Sunday 2nd of January 2022

Barry, I hate to say it, but the above recipe cannot be correct. I followed all the measurements and directions exactly as listed.

The base/topping turned out to be more flour than anything and tasted like it, there was way too much of the base/crumb topping compared to the "cheesecake" filling (which was runny and not creamy before a very extended baking time), and the cooking time took much longer than 20 minutes even after pre-heating the all glass dish in which I baked it. Sorry, but the recipe as written above was not good nor did it seem to match what was portrayed in the video.

For the recipe to work at all, you would have to increase the butter and brown sugar in the base/crumb topping layers or reduce the flour significantly, double the "cheesecake" filling ingredients, use a 9"x13" glass baking dish instead of an 8"x8", and pretty much double the cooking time to get the "cheesecake" filling to solidify. I could see the possibilities in what the flavor and texture might have been, but I'm guessing that there must be typos in the ingredients and directions above.

joyce

Friday 31st of December 2021

I made the Cherry Vanilla Bars for the first time this Christmas. Even though i forgot too save the 1/2 cup of crumbs to sprinkle over the top, i made a graham crumb instead ,they were a hit for my family and now the recipe will be added to one of my favorite recipes for bars (squares). Thanks Barry for all your delicious recipes you share. Wishing you and your family Barry a Healthy, Happy and Blessed 2022.

Dori

Friday 14th of May 2021

I would like to know why you don't have "GO TO RECIPE" icon to click on to go directly to your recipes? It's very annoying to have to keep scrolling and scrolling to finally get to the recipe. Alot of times I just delete the whole page because it is that annoying. Other people have commented on the same issue.

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Carol Quinn

Thursday 24th of December 2020

I am afraid to try this. I made the cherry square the other day and it turned out very dry. It said to bake for 40 min. And I only did 35. What am I doing wrong..

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