Carrot Cake Cheesecake Bars #SpringSweetsWeek

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Carrot Cake Cheesecake Bars are the best of two desserts – carrot cake and cheesecake. Cream cheese is swirled through carrot cake batter and baked to perfection in these bite sized bars. 

Raise your hand if you love carrot cake or cheesecake! If you’re a fan of both, you’re absolutely going to love these Carrot Cake Cheesecake Bars. It’s the best of both worlds – fresh and tasty carrot cake with sweet cheesecake swirls mixed on in. What’s better?!

With spring on the way, these bars are the perfect dessert to make. Good luck not eating them all though! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

WHAT IS CARROT CAKE?

The origins of carrot cake are not easily traced. There is a recipe from the late 1500’s, but it also includes meat. So it’s believed that carrot cake derived from carrot puddings, and the carrots were used to add sweetness, as sugar was expensive then. But in it’s simplest form, carrot cake is just a cake with grated carrots baked in. Now it is frequently served with a cream cheese frosting.

Cakes and I don’t always get along, which is why I decided to take that traditional carrot cake recipe and turn it into a bar form. A cream cheese frosting on top would have been just as delicious, but why not make it cheesecake and swirl it into the batter, making it even more decadent and delicious?

CARROT CAKE CHEESECAKE BAR INGREDIENTS

For the Cake: flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla and grated carrots

For the Cheesecake Swirl: cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, vanilla, eggs

CARROT CAKE CHEESECAKE BAR DIRECTIONS

  • Mix your dry ingredients – Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  • Mix your wet ingredients – Whisk the sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vegetable oil and vanilla.
  • Combine the ingredients – add the dry ingredients to the wet and then fold in the carrots.
  • Make the cheesecake mixture –  beat cream cheese and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add in the eggs, sour cream and vanilla.
  • Assemble the bars – pour half the cake batter into a 9×13 baking dish lined with parchment paper. Alternate adding dollops of the cheesecake mixture and the remaining cake batter. Use a knife to swirl
  • Bake the bars – bake the bars in a 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes.

OMG! These carrot cake cheesecake bars are so delicious! I really had plans to freeze some of them, but that totally didn’t work out. They were just too tasty!

As a baker, pans that are easy to clean up are super important. After spending a day in the kitchen I have no interest in soaking a pan for a few hours and really scrubbing it to make sure that it’s really clean. Of course, the parchment paper used in this recipe helps, but it’s also the quality of the pan I used. For this recipe, I used Anolon’s Advanced Cake Pan with Silicone Grips. It’s a bronze 9×13 non-stick pan that can hold everything from cakes and bars to meats or veggies or even a lasagna. While it is handwash recommended, you can also pop this beauty into the dishwasher for even easier clean up!

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Carrot Cake Cheesecake Bars

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Bars are the best of two desserts – carrot cake and cheesecake. Cream cheese is swirled through carrot cake batter and baked to perfection in these bite sized bars. 

  • Author: NicholeL
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x
  • Category: Bars
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
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Ingredients

For the Cheesecake:

  • 2 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla

For the Carrot Cake:

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups grated carrots

Instructions

For the Cheesecake:

  1. Add the cream cheese and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on medium speed until well incorporated. Add in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the sour cream and vanilla. Set aside.

For the Carrot Cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the vegetable oil, sugars, eggs and vanilla until fully combined.
  4. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet and then fold in the carrots. Be careful not to overmix.

To Assemble:

  1. Spread half of the cake batter into the prepared pan.
  2. Alternate between the cake batter and the cream cheese mixture, adding dollops on top of the cake batter layer.
  3. Use a butter knife or toothpick to swirl the cream cheese through the batter.
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes until lightly golden and the top of the bars are springy.
  5. Cool completely, then cut into bars.

 

Notes

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Bars can be made in advance. They will keep in the fridge for around 5 days.

 

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 319
  • Sugar: 18.8g
  • Sodium: 149mg
  • Fat: 21.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 27.9g
  • Fiber: 0.7g
  • Protein: 4.7g
  • Cholesterol: 73mg

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2 Comments

  1. These sound perfect for spring or Easter! love the carrot cake and cheesecake combination!

  2. Yup…I’d pretty much eat these all on my own. No help needed!!!

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