cinnamon caramel cheesecake bars

May 1, 2014

in Bars & Bites

With Cinco de Mayo just days away, I vote we take the rest of the week off and start the celebration early. If that’s not an option, I have cinnamon caramel cheesecake bars for you as a consolation prize. My go-to graham crust is topped with creamy cinnamon cheesecake filling and swirls of salted caramel sauce – I’m calling this the cheesecake of my dreams.

Cinnamon Caramel Cheesecake Bars | Tutti Dolci

Cinnamon Caramel Cheesecake Bars

Yield: 18 bars

Calories per serving: 160


    Salted Caramel Sauce
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • Crust
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup graham flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Filling
  • 8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup plain fat-free yogurt
  • 6 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup Salted Caramel Sauce

For the sauce, combine brown sugar, butter, and heavy cream in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly until butter has melted completely. Reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and sea salt until smooth. Pour sauce into a small glass measuring cup to cool.

Preheat oven to 350°F and line an 11 x 7-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Whisk together flours, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Combine melted butter, sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Add flour mixture and fold in until incorporated. Press dough evenly into bottom of prepared baking dish and bake for 16 minutes, until lightly golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely and reduce oven temperature to 325°F.

Place cream cheese, yogurt, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and egg in food processor; process until smooth. Spoon cream cheese mixture over cooled crust and spread evenly. Dollop caramel sauce by teaspoons over cream cheese layer and swirl together with a toothpick or wooden skewer; gently tap pan once to remove air bubbles. Bake for 30 minutes or until set. Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack; cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 3 hours. Just before cutting, chill in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Carefully lift parchment and place bars on a cutting board; use a sharp knife to trim away raised edges, then cut into squares. Store leftover squares in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 days.


Whole wheat flour can be substituted for the graham flour.

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1 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen May 1, 2014

Let’s! I’m all for taking the rest of the week off and starting the Cinco de Mayo celebration early (we always do anyway, LOL!) but, especially with these dreamy cheesecake bars! Love the cinnamon-y filling paired with salted caramel and your graham flour shortbread crust! Thanks for sharing. Pinning (of course)!


2 Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers May 1, 2014

Wow! Love these and I have some graham flour around that has been looking for a sweet destination :)


3 Matt Robinson May 1, 2014

You have my vote! I’m already in weekend mode. These look amazing. Cinnamon, caramel and cheesecake, three of my favorite things. Love what you created!


4 cheri May 1, 2014

I could start now especially with a plate of these around, they look delicious!


5 Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking May 1, 2014

At first glance I thought these bars were fudge! Which makes them all the more enticing in my book! Cinnamon and caramel and cheesecake just sound so delicious! Amazing combination!


6 Jessica | Portuguese Girl Cooks May 1, 2014

I’m all for starting the festivities early :) Love these bars!


7 Rosa May 1, 2014

A fabulous flavor combination! Those cheesecake bars rock.




8 Liz May 1, 2014

I think this is the cheesecake of MY dreams, too! WOW!


9 Valerie May 1, 2014

I’m all for taking the week off…whilst enjoying mojitos and sweet bars!


10 Lizzy (Good Things) May 1, 2014

What a gorgeous recipe! Thanks for sharing Laura.


11 Jessica @ Sweet Menu May 1, 2014

Oooh beautiful! I’m a sucker for anything caramel!


12 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 1, 2014

It looks so good Laura! I love cheesecake, it’s one of my favourite cakes and even though it is rich, it is so satisfying!


13 Kelly - LEFT SIDE OF THE TABLE May 1, 2014

Cinnamon and cream cheese is an AMAZING combo. So happy you did this. Ummm I’m pretty certain I will make this on Sunday. I’ll let you know if I do ;) Thanks so much!


14 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} May 1, 2014

WOW what a great combination of flavors. My mouth is watering!!


15 Tieghan May 1, 2014

Count me in for both!! These look to die for and gorgeous photos! Happy Cinco de Mayo weekend!


16 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 2, 2014

Caramel & cheesecake is quite an awesome pairing! Pinned


17 Karen (Back Road Journal) May 2, 2014

Oh yum, I might have to start the festivities early with these!


18 Faith (An Edible Mosaic) May 2, 2014

It doesn’t get any better than cinnamon and caramel! In cheesecake form, I bet it’s out of this world!!


19 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef May 2, 2014

I’m always in for taking time off and I’m SO ready. I love the cinnamon and caramel combination. I want these.


20 cristina May 2, 2014

Great flavor combination! Too easy to eat several at a time in bars form! :)


21 Rachel @ Bakerita May 3, 2014

These are gorgeous, and of course, they sound absolutely delicious. I love the cinnamon caramel combo, and anything put into a rich cheesecake bar can’t turn out badly :) pinned!


22 Deb May 4, 2014

Caramel and cheesecake are such an enchanting pair! Holiday or not, I want a big slice!


23 laurasmess May 4, 2014

Ohhhhh…. let me just wipe the drool off my face now! Just found your gorgeous link via Tieghan at Half-Baked. I am definitely putting these on my to-bake list for this week. Thanks! x


24 suzanne Perazzini May 5, 2014

I love that name – the cheesecake of my dreams. It looks like it could be that. You make some pretty heavenly recipes.


25 Mercedes May 6, 2014

Oh my goodness do these bars look lovely Laura!


26 dina May 9, 2014

they look delicious!



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