Caramel Cheesecake Bars

These Caramel Cheesecake Bars are easy to make with a buttery graham cracker crust, tasty cheesecake layer and topped with soft, homemade caramel. These are the best cheesecake bars we have ever tasted and everyone always asks for the recipe!

How to make Caramel Cheesecake Bars:

I haven’t always been a huge cheesecake fan.  I used to prefer a cookie or brownie over cheesecake, until I made these Caramel Cheesecake Bars.

I love homemade caramel.  Add that to a thick graham cracker crust and cheesecake filling and it is a match made in heaven!

Start by making the homemade graham cracker crust.  This crust is so easy to make and only requires 3 ingredients!

In a large mixing bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and some melted butter.  Mix it together until everything is well combined then press into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

They wouldn’t be cheesecake bars without a delicious cream cheese filling!  To make the cheesecake layer, beat together cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract until smooth.

Beat in 4 eggs, one at a time then add sour cream and mix again until smooth.

Pour the cream cheese mixture over prepared crust, smooth the top and bake for 50 minutes.

Turn off the oven, open the door and let the cheesecake sit in the warm oven for 15 more minutes.  Remove the cheesecake from the oven and let cool for an hour (or less if you put it in the fridge).

To make the caramel topping, combine brown sugar and butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Stir continuously until the butter is melted and sugar is dissolved.  Whisk in sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup and vanilla and bring to a boil, stirring the entire time.

Place a candy thermometer in the caramel mixture and continue to let it boil until the caramel reaches 225 degrees.  If you don’t have a candy thermometer, drop a bit of caramel in cold water and it should form a small soft ball.

Remove the caramel from heat and let it cool in the saucepan for 3-5 minutes before spreading it over the cheesecake.

Smooth caramel over the top of the cheesecake and let sit until cool.

Cut into squares and enjoy!

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Serves: 10-12

Caramel Cheesecake Bars

Thick graham cracker crust with cheesecake filling and homemade caramel topping.

2 hr, 20 Prep Time

1 hr, 5 Cook Time

3 hr, 25 Total Time

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Ingredients

    Graham Cracker Crust:
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • Cheesecake Filling:
  • 3 (8 ounce) pkg. cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Caramel Topping:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 Tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. For the crust:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter.
  4. Press into the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  5. For the filling:
  6. In another mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth.
  7. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time.
  8. Add sour cream and mix again until smooth.
  9. Pour cream cheese mixture over prepared crust, smooth top and bake for 50 minutes.
  10. Turn off the oven, open the door and let the cheesecake sit in the warm oven for 15 minutes.
  11. Remove from the oven, and let cool for an hour.
  12. For the caramel topping:
  13. Combine brown sugar and butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir continuously until the butter is melted and sugar is dissolved.
  14. Whisk in condensed milk, corn syrup and vanilla and bring to a boil, stirring continuously.
  15. Place a candy thermometer in the caramel mixture and continue to boil until the caramel reaches 225 degrees F (or reaches soft ball stage if you don't have a thermometer. That means that when you drop a bit of it into cold water to cool it down, it will form a soft ball.).
  16. Let caramel cool in the pan for 3-5 minutes, then pour over cheesecake, smooth and let sit until cool.
  17. Cut into squares and serve.
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