Rich Cheesecake Bars Recipe
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Rich Cheesecake Bars Recipe

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I take turns with some of the ladies at church to provide coffee time snacks for adult Bible class and Sunday school. These gooey bars, a traditional St. Louis dessert, are a favorite. -Tammy Helle, St. Louis, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 package (9 ounces) yellow cake mix
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 115 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 97mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (14g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, butter and egg until well blended. Spread into a greased 9-in. square baking pan.
  2. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and egg until smooth; spread evenly over batter.
  3. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Rich Cheesecake Bars in Reminisce Extra October 2003, p53

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Reviewed May. 23, 2013

"my grandchildren love them. I had to give the recipe to their mother at their insistence."

Reviewed May. 17, 2013

"Very rich and quite soft and yummy. Everyone loves it when I make it and ask for the recipe. It is a sticky bar slice and you need to keep cleaning your knife while slicing it into bars."

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2011

"I was excited to try this recipe, but it turned out to be a flop. Even though i baked it as directed, the cake part was dry, and the cheesecake topping was way too sweet and didn't taste like cheesecake."

Reviewed Sep. 13, 2011

"I doubled this recipe and baked in a 13 x 9 pan. The only adjustment I made was adding a splash of vanilla extract to the cream cheese mixture. These bars are rich and delicious!"

Reviewed Apr. 22, 2011

"Hi, are these really tiny? I'm wondering how it makes 2 dozen from a 9" square pan. Also is 3oz of cream cheese correct, doesn't it usually come in 8oz pkg's?"

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