On my quest to make 100 great bars, I have scoured places like Pinterest for really good methods and ideas. When I came across this recipe for Cheesecake Sugar Cookie Bars, I parked myself on their site for a while. This is such a great method! You can totally mix and match it a million different ways and make a variety of bars off of their one idea. Love that!
This time, I made the original but who knows…next time, I might mix and match it to make chocolate? Or pumpkin? Or lemon? Or butterscotch? Or who knows what else?! If you’re a cheesecake person, this is your kind of bar. It’s cheesecake without the fuss.
1 (17 oz) pouch of sugar cookie mix (found on the cake mix aisle)
1 small (4 oz) box of instant vanilla pudding (not prepared, just the powder)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 stick butter, melted
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs plus an additional 3 egg yolks
2 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese, at room temp
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup toffee bits (found on the chocolate chip aisle)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease (I use Pam) a 9×13 baking dish.
In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar cookie mix, pudding powder, brown sugar and butter together with a wooden spoon. Add in 1 teaspoon vanilla and one egg. Continue to mix with a spoon.
When mixture starts to form a dough-like consistency, use your hands and press the dough across the bottom of your greased pan.
In another large bowl, use an electric mixer and beat the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and remaining egg plus egg yolks. Add in remaining 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Beat until smooth and creamy.
Pour your cream cheese mixture down over your crust mixture.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until the center is pretty set (it will still be slightly wobbly but mostly set).
Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle your toffee pieces down over the top.
Let the bars cool at least 30 minutes before covering them and sticking them in the fridge for at least 4 hours (or even over-night). Cut into bars and enjoy!
Such a simple way to make cheesecake! Really rich and delicious! And if you’re not a toffee person, you can substitute chocolate chips instead! Or skip it entirely and just have a really rich cheesecake sans any topping.
I loved this bar!