Gingerbread Cheesecake Bars
December 20, 2023
These Gingerbread Cheesecake Bars by Ohio food blogger What Molly Made feature perfectly rich and creamy cheesecake atop a rich spiced gingerbread cookie bar. Top them with adorable little gingerbread men for decoration! They're quicker and easier to bake than a full cheesecake and easy to cut and share with family and friends this time of year.
- Prep: 30 mins
- Cook: 40 mins
1 hr 10 mins
- Yields: 18 Servings
Gingerbread Cookie Base
Gingerbread Man Cookies (optional topping)
Mini Gingerbread Man Cookies
Optional: Follow the instructions for the gingerbread snowflake cookies. They are a fun, decorative addition to the cookies! But you could leave them plain or decorate them with gingerbread man sprinkles.
Gingerbread Cookie Base
Adjust the oven rack to the lower third position and preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a metal 9x13-inch baking pan (Note 1) with nonstick spray and place a sheet of parchment paper in the bottom, leaving an overhang of excess paper on the sides for easy removal.
With the mixer running on medium-low speed, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until combined. Turn the gingerbread dough out into the prepared baking pan and use a rubber spatula to press and spread it evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan.
Clean the bowl of the mixer (or the main bowl you’re using to mix). Cream the sugar and softened cream cheese together on medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes, until smooth and creamy. Beat in the sour cream until combined.
With the mixer running on medium speed, add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl then add the vanilla, lemon juice, and salt. Beat until just combined, being careful not to over mix.
Bake in the preheat oven for 40-45 minutes, until the edges are puffed slightly and the center jiggles slightly. The outer 2-3 inches should be firm while the center should have a slight amount of wobble to it. If you made the mini gingerbread man cookies, remove the cheesecake from the oven with 5 minutes left and arrange them on top of the cheesecake. Place it back in the oven and continue baking. Bake for the full 40 minutes non-stop if you are not using the gingerbread men. Transfer the cheesecake bars to a wire rack to cool completely when they're done.
Cover with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or up to 2 days before cutting. Store baked gingerbread cheesecake bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. They can also be frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.
Note 1. Metal Baking Pan. Metal pans are ideal for bars because they bake evenly. The baking time will be longer if you use a glass or ceramic baking time.
Square baking pan: halve the ingredients in the entire recipe and use an 8x8-inch baking pan. Reduce the bake time to 30-40 minutes, checking at the 30-minute mark to see if they're done.