Carrot Cake Cheesecake Bars

Bars + Cheesecake
March 16, 2021
Bars + Cheesecake
March 16, 2021

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Bars

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Total time: 1 hr

Why choose between cheesecake and carrot cake when you can combine them together into the most scrumptious carrot cake cheesecake bars. These easy cheesecake bars are perfect for easter or any occasion!

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Carrot Cake Cheesecake Bars

Why choose between cheesecake and carrot cake when you can combine them together into the most scrumptious carrot cake cheesecake bars. These easy cheesecake bars are perfect for easter or any occasion!

carrot cake cheesecake bars perfect for easter

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Bars

You know we love a good mashup. And this one might be my favorite combo of two delicious desserts. I love carrot cake. I love cheesecake. So, why not take those two scrumptious sweets and put them together into the most delicious carrot cake cheesecake bars you’ll ever have. They’re perfectly spiced, sweet, tangy, and surprisingly easy to make!

carrot cake cheesecake bars

What are carrot cake cheesecake bars?

These carrot cake cheesecake bars take all your favorite flavors of moist, flavorful cheesecake and swirl it up with thick ribbons of creamy, dreamy, tangy cheesecake. We all know that cheesecake pairs *perfectly* with cream cheese frosting, so obviously carrot cake cheesecake bars are pretty much the perfect creation. We adapted our favorite carrot cake recipe to a dense, scrumptious carrot cake bar and then mixed in huge dollops of our favorite cheesecake batter.

The result is a super decadent, scrumptious dessert that’s perfect for easter or really any other occasion that demands carrot cake.

carrot cake cheesecake bars

What do you need to make these carrot cake cheesecake bars?

You’ll only need 10 ingredients to make these carrot cake cheesecake bars! And most of them are ingredients you probably already have in your fridge, making these spring cheesecake bars the perfect treat to whip up on a whim. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Carrots
  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Cream Cheese
  • Granulated Sugar

carrot cake cheesecake bars

Tips for these spring cheesecake bars

The great thing about cheesecake swirled desserts is that they are way more forgiving than making a straight cheesecake. No need to worry about your cheesecake cracking or splitting. Just follow these four easy tricks and you’re guaranteed perfect carrot cake cheesecake bars every time.

  •  Make sure your ingredients are room temperature: It is SO important for any dessert that calls for a cheesecake component for your ingredients to be a soft room temperature. If your cheesecake and egg are not true room temperature they will not beat up seamlessly into that dreamy cheesecake batter. We recommend leaving your cream cheese out on the counter for at least 3 hours!
  • Use high quality ingredients: This recipe calls for simple ingredients that will really shine through in the final product, so make sure you’re using good butter (we love Vermont Creamery) and cream cheese (Philadelphia is our favorite) in particular.
  • Do not over mix the batter: This goes for both the cheesecake batter and the carrot cake batter. If you over mix the carrot cake the consistency will become bread-y and tough–not what you want in a tender, melt in your mouth cake batter. And if you over mix the cheesecake you’ll aerate it and it will probably crack! Try to only mix until things are homogenous and evenly distributed.
  • Don’t over bake them: Over baked anything is sad in my book, but over baked cheesecake is a special kind of gross. It takes on a gummy, tough consistency that will simply put, not taste good. Take out the bars when they are just set and a knife comes out mostly clean!

carrot cake cheesecake bars

We hope you enjoy these spring cheesecake bars just as much as we do!

Happy baking!

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Carrot Cake Cheesecake Bars

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These carrot cake cheesecake bars take all your favorite flavors of moist, flavorful cheesecake and swirl it up with thick ribbons of creamy, dreamy, tangy cheesecake.

These carrot cake cheesecake bars take all your favorite flavors of moist, flavorful cheesecake and swirl it up with thick ribbons of creamy, dreamy, tangy cheesecake.

  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: american
  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: american
Scale:
  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: american

Ingredients

for the carrot cake

  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest (optional)

for the cheesecake swirl

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a 9 x 9 square pan with parchment paper on all sides. Combine the brown sugar and butter together in a mixing bowl. Whisk to combine. Add the vanilla extract, eggs and carrots and mix.
  2. Add the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and orange zest and mix until only just combined and no streaks of flour remain. Do not overmix!
  3. Pour the carrot cake batter into your prepared pan and set aside while you make the cheesecake layer.
  4. Combine the softened cream cheese, egg, granulated sugar and vanilla together in a mixing bowl and beat together (if using a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment) until creamy and homogenous. Don’t over mix as this will beat too much air into your batter.
  5. Drop dollops of the cheesecake batter on top of the carrot cake batter and use a butter knife to make big swirls. Bake the bars at 350°F for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted into the middle comes out mostly clean.
  6. Allow the bars to cool completely to set up before slicing into squares and enjoying!

Keywords: carrot cake bars, carrot cake cheesecake bars, easter cheesecake bars

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  1. My two favorite desserts too. But I am wondering how you feel about adding raisins to this recipe and how much? The carrot cake recipes I like have raisins in them.

    • Hi Steven! You can certainly add carrot to these. I would do 1/4 to 1/2 cup depending on how big of a raisin fan you are! Just fold them into the batter when you fold in the carrots!

  2. The cream cheese mixture turned out very runny and almost curdled looking. Couldn’t swirl it, just poured on top. Any ideas what went wrong?

    • Hi Melanie! I’m so sorry to hear that! It sounds like your cream cheese and your eggs were maybe not at the same temperature. In the future, if that happens I find it helps to throw it into a blender or food processor to pulse out any clups. I’ve added a note in here so that if anyone else has the same problem they can fix it. So sorry about that!

    • Hi Maria! I’m so sorry about that. I had initially tried this recipe with granulated sugar but ended up finding that the brown sugar added a nice chewiness to them. Either will work, but I adjust the recipe to state brown sugar! So sorry for the confusion!

  3. The batter for the cake was thick it did not pour into pan like normal cake batter is that correct

    • Hi Geraldine! These are not meant to be a cake, but more of a blondie texture, so it sounds like your batter is actually exactly as it should be! So sorry for that confusion!