Salted Caramel and Brownie Cheesecake Bars

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This dessert has been haunting me since it came out of the oven.  I took photos yesterday morning and it was all I could do not to devour the entire pan, sliver by sliver.  These cheesecake bars are not for me so unfortunately (or fortunately) I was forced to keep my mouth shut after a quality control taste.

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A thin layer of brownie crust topped with creamy salted caramel and a silky cheesecake layer makes these bars impossible to resist.  The salted caramel layer also adds a depth of flavor that forces you to try another bite.  Need another dessert for Thanksgiving or really something delicious just because? Make these.

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Salted Caramel & Brownie Cheesecake Bars

Brownie Layer:
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Cheesecake Layer:
2 8-ounce blocks reduced fat cream cheese, softened at room temperature
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Caramel Layer:
1 11-ounce bag of caramel bits
1/3 cup milk (any type)
1 teaspoon sea salt

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Line a 13×9 pan with parchment paper; set aside

Melt chocolate and butter in a medium saucepan over low to heat, stirring constantly

Remove from heat

Stir in sugar

Stir in eggs and vanilla

Whisk in flour until smooth

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for ~8 minutes or until center is glossy and edges start to look cooked

While brownie layer is cooling, prepare cheesecake filling

Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees

Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer using the whisk attachment; beat on high until cream cheese is smooth and creamy

Beat in sugar

Mix in eggs

Stir in flour

Stir in vanilla and set aside

Place caramel bits and milk in a microwaveable bowl

Heat in microwave 30 seconds at a time, stirring between each, until completely melted and smooth

Pour caramel over brownie layer; sprinkle salt over that

Pour cheesecake batter over brownie and caramel

Bake for 35-40 minutes or until edges begin to come apart from sides of pan and cheesecake is set

 Brownie recipe adapted from Bakers


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67 Responses to “Salted Caramel and Brownie Cheesecake Bars”

  1. Julie @ Willow Bird Baking November 17, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    OH my gosh. I would eat every last one of these! They sound a-maaaaazing!!

    • KeepItSweet November 21, 2011 at 10:21 am #

      Thanks, Julie!

  2. Jessica | Oh Cake November 17, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    This look and sound amazing! Fabulous recipe.

  3. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 17, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    They look delish!!

    And I believe I saw your last dessert on one of the foodie sites…FG or TS. Congrats. It looked amazing there and when I saw it here too :)

    • KeepItSweet November 21, 2011 at 10:23 am #

      Thanks, Averie! I was so happy because it had been a while since I got onto FG.

  4. Lindsay @ biking before bed November 17, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    It’s always so bittersweet giving away your baked goods:) These look heavenly… but they are healthy since you used reduced fat cream cheese!

    • KeepItSweet November 21, 2011 at 10:30 am #

      Exactly! And I even used light almond milk in the caramel so they are REALLY healthy:-)

  5. Liz @ Tip Top Shape November 17, 2011 at 9:55 pm #

    These look fantastic!!

  6. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray November 17, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    This is deadly! I definitely would not have been able to to exhibit your self-control. :)

  7. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust November 17, 2011 at 10:02 pm #

    Oh wow! I’m drooling. I admire your restraint – I would not have been able to stop myself from eating these. YUM!

  8. Lindsey@Lindselicious November 17, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

    Wow these look amazing! I just want to pop them all in my mouth. Brownies, cheesecake and salted caramel? Yes please!!!!

  9. Baking Serendipity November 17, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    I don’t know how you resisted! These have all of my favorite things in them…dangerous!

  10. Baker Street November 17, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

    They look perfect! I love cheesecake bars. The salted caramel layer sounds super delicious!

  11. Jen at The Three Little Piglets November 17, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

    I love and hate making things for others! I love to give, and I certainly love that I don’t gain 50 pounds from all the stuff I make. But sometimes I so want to eat the entire pan without sharing!

    • KeepItSweet November 21, 2011 at 10:40 am #

      That is exactly how I feel!

  12. Victoria (District Chocoholic) November 17, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

    I will not eat my computer screen I will not eat my computer screen I will not eat my computer screen.

    Also, perfect cutting job. Brava.

    • KeepItSweet November 21, 2011 at 10:40 am #

      Thanks! I actually hate cutting cheesecake bars so that means a lot lol

  13. Christine November 17, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    Looks so good. Mouthwatering.

  14. Kathryn November 18, 2011 at 4:25 am #

    Wow, these look so good! I’m not normally a huge cheesecake fan but these could definitely convert me!

  15. Kiri W. November 18, 2011 at 6:14 am #

    Oh man…. could you combine any more of my favorite guilty pleasures? ;) You’ll be my downfall, but it will be such a delicious, sweet downfall…

    • KeepItSweet November 21, 2011 at 10:41 am #

      Well as long as it is sweet and delicious, I’m happy to take the blame.

  16. Tina@flourtrader November 18, 2011 at 7:24 am #

    This is definitely something that will bring every to the table and quickly. Love the layers here-cream cheese and brownies as one, irresistible.

  17. Sandra November 18, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    Having them “just because” always works for me. You have willpower of steel girl to be able not have more than a taste for quality control. These are fantastic!

  18. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray November 18, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    Amazing! Can’t wait to try these!

  19. Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy November 18, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    These are everything I love in a neat little square.

  20. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family November 18, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    These are gorgeous…probably a good thing they weren’t for you as they appear to be a couple of calories a piece. As always though you do not dissapoint in the dessert category, thank you for another wonderful dessert.

  21. Erin November 18, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    Ooo I think I missed the notice about the cheesecake party somehow. That will be heavenly! Just like these cheesecake bars – salted caramel ::drool::

    • KeepItSweet November 21, 2011 at 10:42 am #

      Yes, send me some links if you have any:-)

  22. Tori @ eatori November 18, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    Oh my lord. I am literally pawing at the screen trying to get at these. Just stunning. As always.

    • KeepItSweet November 21, 2011 at 10:42 am #

      Thanks, Tori!

  23. Cassie November 18, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    I am in awe. I would have totally eaten the whole pan. Delicious!

  24. Florida Foodie November 18, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    You love that salted caramel! I’m sure your Thanksgiving will be amazing!!!

  25. Cucina49 November 18, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    I am the same way with brownies, and these are gorgeous! Salted caramel is irresistible.

  26. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. November 18, 2011 at 7:51 pm #

    I don’t think it gets any better than cheesecake, brownies, and salted caramel!

  27. Emily @ Life on Food November 18, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    I don’t know how you resisted from eating the whole pan. They look like a piece of heaven.

  28. DessertForTwo November 18, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    I think these should be the appetizers on Turkey day :)

    • KeepItSweet November 21, 2011 at 10:43 am #

      I like that idea!

  29. Beth Michelle November 19, 2011 at 5:33 am #

    These are mouthwatering. I dont think I would be able to make these to give away because the quality control test would probably be a never ending one and I would be left with a few crumbs.

  30. Heather November 19, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    These look amazing- I love salted caramel!
    ….like you I probably would have eaten the whole pan too if I had the chance!

  31. Lisa November 19, 2011 at 9:50 am # have some amazing recipes – your blog is like the Willy Wonka Factory of baking! Cheesecake, SALTED CARAMEL and brownie is just brilliant. Looking forward to trying them!

    • KeepItSweet November 21, 2011 at 10:43 am #

      Thanks, Lisa! That was pretty much the best comment ever:-)

  32. Monica @ The Yummy Life November 19, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    Another WOW, Lauren. These look fabulous!

  33. Elina (Healthy and Sane) November 19, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    OMG, I’ve been seriously obsessed with having cheesecake for months now. I really need to make it happen. These look divine!!

    • KeepItSweet November 21, 2011 at 10:44 am #

      Let me know if you end up trying them! I was really happy with how they turned out:-)

  34. Angel November 19, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    I have a question. In the recipe, you said “two blocks of cream cheese”. So, how big were the blocks you used? I mean, are we talking two 8 oz. blocks or two 16 oz. blocks or what?

    • KeepItSweet November 19, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

      Hi Angela- Thanks for pointing that out! The recipe should call for two 8-ounce blocks. I’m making that change now!

  35. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic November 19, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    This dessert has been haunting me since I read the title haha. They look amaaaaaazing!!

  36. Ally November 19, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    Oh my goodness, these look positively divine! Definitely on the top of my to-do list.

  37. Tiffany November 19, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    These bars have wonderfulness at every layer!

  38. Liz November 19, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

    LOVE these! But they’d be awful dangerous to have around….so darn tempting!

  39. the food dude November 20, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    Amazing layers of flavors, awesome dessert!

  40. alex November 20, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    I can’t imagine anything better!

  41. thelittleloaf November 20, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    These look so good! You had me at salted caramel, but to throw brownie AND cheesecake in there? This couldn’t be more delicious :-)

  42. marla November 21, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    These bars are so fun!

  43. April November 22, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    Ok wow, this look heavenly. Next time I make cheesecake brownies, I will be adding in the layer of salted caramel…thanks for sharing this wonderful idea!

  44. betty November 23, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

    these look so good can you post one to australia please :)

  45. Jen @ keepitsimplefoods November 28, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    These look so amazing!

  46. Brindi December 4, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    These look amazing and I’m getting ready to make them right now!! Question, I’m assuming the cheesecake is to cool at room temp and then chill over night…and then cut into bars?

    • KeepItSweet December 4, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

      I am so glad you are making them! It probably makes sense for them to cool at room temperature for a little bit, but I think you can put them right into your refrigerator as long as the pan is over a towel or oven mitt. Let me know how they turn out!

      • Brindi December 9, 2011 at 10:10 am #

        These were tasty but I couldn’t get them out of the pan! They were stuck to the foil, so my co-workers and I scraped off the tops….a few lucky ones were able to get the brownie part off the foil. Not sure what happened, but the cheesecake and caramel was yummy.

        • KeepItSweet December 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

          Hi Brindi- I’m sorry to hear that! I’m actually making another batch today and will try it with wax paper instead of foil to see if it is easier. I had a little trouble with the foil but was able to make it work last time.

        • KeepItSweet December 20, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

          Ok, so I definitely would NOT recommend wax paper (fail!). Parchment paper might be a better option or just making sure you really spray the foil well.

  47. Laurene January 25, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    Mmmm these look so yummy! I have been looking for a recipe with salted caramel/ dulce de leche and chocolate.. so I might try theses very soon


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