Cinnamon Swirl Cheesecake Bars

Cinnamon Swirl Cheesecake Bars-A lighter cheesecake with the simple flavors of vanilla and cinnamon swirled together!

Cinnamon Swirl Cheesecake Bars-A lighter cheesecake with the simple flavors of vanilla and cinnamon swirled together!

If I have one downfall (besides chocolate) it has to be cheesecake. I could eat cheesecake 7 days a week. Of course if I did that, my big ole butt wouldn’t fit through the front door any more. So I try not to make it too often.

Cinnamon Swirl Cheesecake Bars-A lighter cheesecake with the simple flavors of vanilla and cinnamon swirled together!

It’s a dangerous thing having a whole cheesecake, just sitting in the fridge. Calling to me. I don’t even have to be home. I can be at the kid’s school, and I’ll get it in my head that the cheesecake is just waiting for me. As a reward for being a good volunteer.

Cinnamon Swirl Cheesecake Bars-A lighter cheesecake with the simple flavors of vanilla and cinnamon swirled together!

I don’t worry to much about the guilt with this cheesecake. It’s only 9 slices, And with kids in the house, I’m lucky if I get 2. And sometimes, if it does manage to survive for more than a day, then I’ll ship it off to friends, and let them deal with the temptation.

And since this isn’t a “heavy” cheesecake, you won’t feel stuffed, you might even be tempted for a second slice. Resist that temptation. At least for an hour or so, just so you can say you tried.

Cinnamon Swirl CheesecakeBars-A lighter cheesecake with the simple flavors of vanilla and cinnamon swirled together!

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Cinnamon Swirl Cheesecake

Yield: serves 9

Cinnamon Swirl Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups crushed cinnamon graham crackers
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 16 ounces (2 bars) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Line an 8x8 baking dish with foil. Set aside.
  2. Combine crushed graham crackers and melted butter until all moistened. Press into bottom of baking dish to form a crust.
  3. Beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth and creamy. Add in sour cream and beat again. Add in eggs, one at a time, then vanilla, beating after each addition.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan leaving about 1 cup of batter in your bowl. Stir in cinnamon to remaining batter. Drop cinnamon batter by spoonfuls over top of plain batter. Do not spread. Using a knife, drag the knife through the cinnamon batter into the plain batter to create swirls.
  5. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 35-40 minutes, until center is set. Let cool on counter then refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.

Notes

http://chocolatechocolateandmore.com/2014/02/cinnamon-swirl-cheesecake-bars/

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Comments

  1. Looks delicious! 2 questions. 1) about how many sheets of graham crackers did you use to get 1.5 cups of crumbs? 2) do you think this would work with the 1/3 fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel)?

  2. I love chocolate!! Your Cinnamon Swirl Cheesecake Bars sound yummy!
    Thanks for sharing all the great recipes!
    Pinned! =)

  3. Cheesecake is also my favorite…I have dozens of recipe, some of which I’ve tweaked with great results….I also love cinnamon , so this will be my Easter dessert (dessert is my forte)….I may double the recipe & make a cake out of it, with homemade whipped cream!!!…Also have a recipe for a butterscotch cheesecake that I tweaked & it is to die for…Love your site…Thanks

  4. Could I use Greek Yogurt in place of Sour Cream?

  5. That cheesecake is so insanely amazing, I have no words!

  6. Yay!! I’ve been dying for this recipe ever since I saw you tease it on FB!!! I’m the HUGEST cinnamon fan ever!!! Can’t wait to try this :)

  7. Love the idea of a cinnamon swirl cheesecake. Delicious!

  8. There’s nothing better than a huge hunk of cheesecake. This looks wonderful! Pinned.

  9. These cheesecake bars have my name written all over them. I would need to bake 2 batches though. One for me and one for my family. :)

  10. This cheesecake looks fabulous, Joan! I have a Cinnamon (roll) obsession! Pinned to try!

  11. can you use olive oil instead of vegetable oil?

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