Makeover Cream Cheese Streusel Bars

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling


16 servings

Updated: Oct. 24, 2022
With an oh-so-chocolaty crust, a crispy, crunchy topping and soft cream cheese filling, these delectable bars are over-the-top indulgent. —Janet Coops, Duarte, California
Makeover Cream Cheese Streusel Bars Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 can (14 ounces) fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, whisk together first five ingredients; cut in butter until fine crumbs form (mixture will be powdery). Reserve 1/2 cup mixture for topping. Lightly press remaining mixture into an 8-in. square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake just until set, 8-10 minutes.
  2. Beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in milk. Add egg and vanilla; beat just until blended. Pour over crust. Bake 15 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle reserved topping over filling. Bake until filling is set, 5-10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. Store in refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 216 calories, 9g fat (6g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 164mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 fat.