This is one of those recipes that I came up with accidentally. Sometimes I have bakers block and can’t think of anything new or interesting to make. I was inspired by Victoria’s cookies and wanted to do something with lime and salt. Then I remembered the cream cheese in my refrigerator and eventually these Margarita Cheesecake Bars were born.
Thanks to a combination of Vienna fingers and pretzels, they have a wonderfully balanced sweet and salty crust. Topped with a layer of light but creamy lime cheesecake they become a perfect summer treat. The lime and the salt reminiscent of a margarita and who doesn’t like that?
Ok, I’ll be honest- I’m not the biggest margarita fan. I prefer to save my sugar calories for more important things like dessert. Cheesecake and a Vodka Soda with lime juice for me, please.
Margarita Cheesecake Bars
Yield: Serves 16
- 3/4 cup Vienna Finger (or vanilla sandwich cookie of choice) crumbs (about 6 cookies)
- 3/4 cup salted pretzel crumbs (about 1 1/2 cups of small pretzels)
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 2 8-ounce blocks light cream cheese, softened
- 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk (I used fat free)
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (~2 limes)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
- Grease a 9×9 baking pan and set aside
- In a medium bowl, combine cookies, pretzel crumbs, butter, sugar and salt
- Press crust mixture into prepared baking pan and bake for ~7 minutes or until lightly browned; set aside
- Using an electric mixer and the whisk attachment, beat cream cheese on high for a few minutes until creamy
- Add sweetened condensed milk and beat into cream cheese
- Beat in eggs, lime juice and vanilla
- Stir in flour
- Pour cheesecake mixture over crust and bake for 25 minutes or until firm and edges are separating from pan
Adapted from Eagle Brand
Do you drink margaritas? If not, do you have a go-to drink?
These look amazing. I love the Vienna finger crust and can’t wait to make these!
Simple math tells me I’d love these.
Margaritas? Good. +
Cheesecake? Amazing. =
Get at me immediately.
I usually just stick with wine but I would definitely enjoy margaritas in this form!
Pretzels in the crust? That is genius! This looks amazing!!
I love hearing those 3 special words – ” it’s margarita time!”
What a creative crust; everything sounds delicious about these cheesecake bars!
I agree with Beth. The pretzel crust is genius. But now, I am thinking of potato chip crust…for brownies? Maybe. Oh, the back and forth inspiration :)
i love that idea! you always have the best flavor combo suggestions!
These sound awesome! I am definitely a margarita fan. This weekend at my friends’ bridal shower, we had “Beer-garita’s!” They were surprisingly delicious…and went down, way too easy.
I’ve never had a beer-garita! Sounds so interesting!
Ooh, do I ever drink margaritas, girlfriend. And combining it with cheesecake is PERFECTION. Looks fab!
I would absolutely love these!
The thing I love most about margaritas is the salt rim. And you’re right…I’d SO much rather have it in cheesecake form! Love this!
You got me at cheesecake! I am a sucker for cheesecake! :-D
this looks soooo good and so bad for bikini season!! LOL!:) thank you for sharing this.
Love margaritas, but I agree with you about saving up the calories for dessert! ;)
I love how you used pretzels in these bars. They look sooooo good!
using pretzels is such a good idea! we would love these.
Oh, yes, I love margaritas! My summer favorite. This is another clever recipe, Lauren. Love the way you used pretzels to get the salt in there–a must with my margaritas! Is it okay to drink margaritas while eating your margarita bars? I don’t think you can go wrong there. :-)
Thank you, Monica! I think not only is that okay but it is recommended:-) Sounds like a perfect happy hour!
No that’s my kind of cheesecake! The bars look really tasty.
These look SO good! I love anything with a twist of citrus – perfect for summer! I’m more of a red wine girl than cocktails!
I don’t drink but I LOVE to bake with alcohol! It really amps up the flavor. I love what you did here. I now remember I have a margarita cake recipe I’ve been saving for two years and really need to bust it out. Thanks!
mmm! You are seriously SO talented! I wish I could just randomly come up with recipes! :)
Thank you, Erin! I didn’t used to do this much but having the blog has challenged me to really start getting creative in the kitchen.
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DEFINITELY a big fan of margaritas…these bars sound amazingly delicious!!
You gotta figure out a way to incorporate some tequila! After all, tequila is the essence of Margarita Time!
Very good point!
Have you ever made homemade pretzels?
My favorite drink is Cherry Vodka with Diet Coke! I have introduced many people to this fabulous drink. It tastes exactly like a cherry coke.
I’ve never made homamade pretzels but I bet it would be fun! Love the idea of that drink.
YUM! I love this. I would never think to put pretzel crumbs in a cheesecake crust. Brilliant.
Margarita’s are definitely my go-to drink. These sound great! I would like a bite ASAP :)
LOVE margaritas! Don’t have them often because I too like to save my calories for other things :) These cheesecake bars sound delicious! Great crust!