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Cake Batter Cheesecake Bars Recipe

This recipe combines the best of both worlds - cheesecake AND cake batter!
Prep Time3 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake batter cheesecake, cake batter dessert, Cheesecake Bars, Dessert bars
Servings: 9 people
Calories: 422kcal


  • cups vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 6 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • teaspoons vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup yellow cake mix
  • ¼ cup sprinkles


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease a 9-inch square baking pan, then line with parchment paper; set aside.
  • Stir together vanilla wafer crumbs, the melted butter, and 2 Tablespoons sugar. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake until the crust is just brown around the edges, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining 3/4 cup sugar and beat for an additional couple of minutes, until smooth.
  • Add the eggs and yolk, 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons milk, vanilla, salt and beat again until completely combined and smooth.
  • Finally, stir in the cake mix and sprinkles until smooth.
  • Pour the filling over the crust. Set the pan in a larger pan (a 9 × 13-inch works for this), and add enough hot water to come halfway up the sides of the baking pan.
  • Bake until just set, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove the baking pan from the water bath, and transfer to a wire rack. Let cool for 30 minutes, then refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • Cut into bars. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 531mg | Potassium: 206mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 621IU | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 1mg