CARROT CAKE CHEESECAKE BARS

A carrot cake cheesecake bars recipe with tangy, sweet and creamy cheesecake layer over a bed of carrot cake crust. Twice the dessert. Twice the fun!

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We’re making Carrot Cake Cheesecake Bars.

Ohhhh yeah. That’s a carrot cake crust with a thick and creamy cheesecake layer on top. And if that wasn’t enough. We’ve got a thin layer of sour cream icing. Oh yes! Things are about to get pretty awesome!

I’m seriously dying over here.

These little squares with the perfect amount of cheesecake and that sweet, and perfectly dense carrot cake crust are killing me softly with each bite and it hurts so *whispers* so good. I hope this feeling never goes away!

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Bars 3Carrot cake cheesecake bars. The name is toooooo long. I know it. It started off longer. It was Carrot Cake Cheesecake Bars with Sour Cream Icing. Thats way  too long. So I chopped. I just cannot think straight right now.

But can you blame me? I’m in a major sugar coma. I’ve been gorging on these cuties. All. day. That slightly sweet cakey crust. Loaded with goodies like raisins, sweetened coconut flakes, walnuts, and pecans. And obvi the cheesecake sitting on that bed of carrot cake. I can’t be trusted with these in the refrigerator!

You know those dessert bars that you make with full intentions to share with close friends or to serve guests or to bring to your apartment management team, but then you find yourself washing out the empty pan. And only then do you realize that you never really shared them? At. All? That would totally be these bars. And that person happens to be me. Too often.

Oh and for those of you looking for a super moist and healthy carrot cake muffin recipe, I’ve got one of those too. They never last long around here!

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Bars IngredientsFor the carrot cake layer, I used cinnamon and ginger to spice up the cakey crust. With pecans and walnuts to add a crunchy factor and raisins for little clusters of sweetness throughout. And sweetened coconut. You must.

The best part about this recipe: pour everything into the pan at once and just let it bake. There’s no pre-baking for the crust required! No need to sift the flour(s) along with the other ingredients either.

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Bars Carrot Cake BatterDid I mention I made mine with coconut oil and half whole wheat flour? That’s right! So I can say it’s half healthy for me. This is an option that’s totally left up to you. Use 1 stick of butter to replace the coconut oil to make it healthier. You can also replace half the all purpose flour with whole wheat. See the recipe card for exact measures.

To make the carrot cake layer:

Put the flour(s), salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and ginger into a large bowl and whisk until combined. Combine the coconut oil, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, and carrots. Whisk until all ingredients are mixed. Pour the liquid batter into the flour mixture and whisk until combined. Add the goodies – walnuts, pecans, raisins, and coconut flakes.

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Bars Carrot Cake Batter + Cheesecake PourIs it wrong that my heart skipped a beat when I saw this picture? No. Well is it wrong that I wish I could bathe in this stuff? TMI?

To make the cheesecake layer:

Beat the cream cheese, greek yogurt (or sour cream), and the sugar. Leave the machine running and the eggs one at a time. Let each egg incorporate fully before adding the next. Add the vanilla, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Mix until combined. Pour over the carrot cake layer. Bake for 45 – 50 minutes or until cheesecake layer sets. If the cheesecake starts browning, cover loosely with a piece of foil. Turn off the oven, do not open the door and let cool for 30 minutes. Trust me. This will prevent cracks. Cool at room temperature for another 30 minutes prior to refrigerating. Cake can be made 1 – 2 days in advance.

To make the sour cream icing:

Make the sour cream icing just before serving. Combine the powdered (confectioners) sugar, sour cream, and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth. Spread over the cheesecake layer. Sprinkle with additional powdered sugar if desired. Garnish with pecans or walnuts!

Enjoy these carrot cake cheesecake bars, with or without friends. They’re optional!

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CARROT CAKE CHEESECAKE BARS

Rating: 51

Active Time: 10 minutes

Inactive Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 16 bars

CARROT CAKE CHEESECAKE BARS

Ingredients

    For the carrot cake layer:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour (I used 1/2 cup ap flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger powder
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature (I used 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon coconut oil in liquid state)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup walnuts/pecans, chopped (I used half and half)
  • For the cheesecake layer:
  • 2 - 8oz package cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (or greek yogurt)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (zest of 1 lemon)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • For the sour cream icing:
  • 1/2 cup powdered (confectioners) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. To make the carrot cake layer:
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour(s), baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground ginger, and cinnamon. In a medium bowl, whisk together the butter (or coconut oil), brown sugar, vanilla and eggs. Stir the carrots into the egg mixture. Fold the carrot-egg mixture into the flour mixture until just combined. Add the walnuts/pecans, shredded sweetened coconut, and raisins. Mix until just combined. Pour into an ungreased 8x8 baking pan. Set aside.
  4. To make the cheesecake layer:
  5. In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese, sour cream (or Greek yogurt) and granulated sugar until smooth and creamy, about 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the lemon zest and juice and vanilla, about 1 minute. Pour the cheesecake mixture over the carrot cake layer. Bake for 45 - 50 minutes or until the cheesecake sets. Open the oven only when necessary. This will prevent cracking. If cheesecake layer starts to brown, cover loosely with aluminum foil. Let cheesecake cool for 30 minutes in the oven with the oven turned off. Let the cheesecake cool to room temperature for 30 more minutes before placing in the refrigerator. Refrigerate for at least 1 - 2 hours prior to icing.
  6. To make the sour cream icing:
  7. Combine all the ingredients and whisk until smooth. Spread over the cheesecake layer evenly. Sift powdered sugar over the top and decorate with pecans/walnuts if desired.
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