These Vanilla Cheesecake Bars are the perfect spring and summer treat. They are luscious and creamy, incredibly easy to make and delicious.

Vanilla Cheesecake bar on a plate with whipped cream and fruit.

This is one of my favorite recipes to date. I literally DREAM about the graham cracker crust.

It’s THAT good!

And when paired with the creamy vanilla cheesecake layer, it is absolute perfection. The best part is that this recipe is incredibly easy without sacrificing quality.

By using minimal ingredients, this recipe can be made by anyone at any skill level.

No fancy tricks, just a delicious and easy to make cheesecake that is sure to impress every time.

This is the perfect recipe to bring to your next gathering, BBQ, celebration or just to enjoy at home!

Main Ingredients

Slices of Vanilla Cheesecake Bars on a platter.

How to Make Vanilla Cheesecake Bars Recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and line a loaf pan with parchment paper
  2. First, combine the Graham cracker crumbs with the butter and granulated sugar
  3. Next, press firmly into the bottom of a loaf pan
  4. In a mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese and granulated sugar using a hand mixer
  5. Add in the vanilla extract and eggs, beat until just combined
  6. Next, pour the batter on top of the graham cracker layer
  7. Bake at 325 degrees F for 45-50 minutes
  8. Remove from the oven when done baking
  9. To know when the cheesecake is ready to be removed, the edges of the cheesecake should be brown and the top should be fully set. However, it should still have a slight jiggle in the middle.
  10. Chill at room temp for 2 hours
  11. Refrigerate 6+ hours or overnight 
  12. Slice and top with whipped cream, blueberries and strawberries
  13. Last but not least, enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this recipe gluten free?

It can be! This vanilla cheesecake recipe can be made gluten free by using gluten-free graham crackers.

Do I have to bake the graham cracker crust before adding the cheesecake layer?

Nope! You will add the filling and bake the crust and cheesecake together.

How will I know that the cheesecake is done baking?

You will know that the cheesecake is done baking when the edges are a golden brown. Also, top of the cheesecake should be fully set with a slight jiggle in the middle.

What are the best toppings on cheesecake?

Popular toppings to add are whipped cream and fresh berries. However, you could also add some chocolate chips or a caramel drizzle.

How do I store leftover cheesecake bars?

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also freeze the cheesecake for up to 1 month. Soften at room temperature when ready to eat.

Eating a piece of vanilla cheesecake with a fork.
Vanilla Cheesecake bar on a plate with whipped cream and fruit.
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Vanilla Cheesecake Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Chilling Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 7 hours
Yield: 10 bars
These Vanilla Cheesecake Bars are the perfect spring and summer treat. They are luscious and creamy, incredibly easy to make and delicious.

Ingredients
 

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 tbsp salted butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar

Cheesecake Filling

  • 16 oz plain cream cheese, softened to room temp
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Toppings

  • fresh blueberries, optional
  • fresh strawberries, optional
  • whipped cream, optional

Equipment

  • 1 loaf pan
  • parchment paper
  • hand mixer

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F
  • First, combine the graham cracker crumbs with the butter and granulated sugar
  • Press firmly into the bottom of a loaf pan. The loaf pan should be lined with parchment paper
  • In a mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese and granulated sugar using a hand mixer
  • Add in the vanilla extract and eggs, beat until just combined
  • Next, pour the batter on top of the graham cracker layer
  • Bake at 325 degrees F for 45-50 minutes. The edges should be brown and the top should be set with a slight jiggle in the middle
  • Next, remove from the oven and chill at room temp for 2 hours
  • Refrigerate 6+ hours or overnight
  • Slice and top with whipped cream, blueberries and strawberries
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar, Calories: 363kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 101mg, Sodium: 322mg, Potassium: 107mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 20g, Vitamin A: 873IU, Calcium: 65mg, Iron: 1mg
Author: Jessica Selensky
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords: cheesecake, Cheesecake Bars, desserts, Fourth of July, Holiday Dessert, Memorial Day

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