Cream Cheese Squares

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Cream Cheese Squares-The flavor of a cheesecake, but in a bar and with a yummy crumb topping!

Cream Cheese Squares-The flavor of a cheesecake, but in a bar and with a yummy crumb topping!

I love Cheesecake but the family is just so-so with it.

They’ll eat it if I make it,
but only because it’s the only sugar offered.

And I’ll be fair, I love a slice of cheesecake,
But two days in a row?

No, Cheesecake is one of those things you should only have every so often.
I decadent treat, to be savored,
Not devoured like some store bought cookie.
(although we rarely buy cookies, unless it’s Oreos, and that could be a whole other post!)

But I do love the first few bites of cheesecake.
The taste, the texture, the coolness, nothing else compares to it.

And don’t have a slice of cheesecake after a big, filling meal. That’s just rude to the cheesecake.

Cheesecake deserves full attention and a close to empty stomach.

So I can make a cheesecake, and I make a good one,

but I don’t do it often.
It’s not fair to the cheesecake.

But we do make these delicious Cream Cheese Bars.
I’m not claiming these are the same thing as cheesecake.
But the taste does remind you of it.
And you can definitely eat more than one at a time (hard to do with a good cheesecake.)

Cream Cheese Squares-The flavor of a cheesecake, but in a bar and with a yummy crumb topping!

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Cream Cheese Bars
Makes 32 bars

I didn’t notice until after I made these bars that this box is only 15.25 ounces
Duncan Hines is still 18 ounces, but this worked just fine

Cream Cheese Squares

Cream Cheese Squares


  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cups nuts, finely chopped
  • 1 package (18 ounce) white or yellow cake mix
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Mix together brown sugar, nuts and cake mix. Stir in melted butter and mix until crumbly.
  2. Reserve 1 1/4 cup of mixture for topping. Press remainder into the bottom of a well greased or parchment lined 13 x 9 inch pan. Bake 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees. Do not over bake.
  3. To prepare filling, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Pour over baked crust.
  4. Top with reserved crumbs. Bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool completely before cutting into squares.
  5. Dust lightly with powdered sugar if desired. Store in refrigerator.
  6. This is another recipe from my Grandma's collection, I've had it forever.


Duncan Hines cake mix is 18 ounces, Pillsbury is just 15.25 ounces. Both work fine for this recipe

recipe source

She probably got it from a magazine or some such place.

Need more recipes using cream Cheese?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars
Lemon Cheese Bars
Cream Cheese Mints also known as Wedding Mints
Brown Sugar Cinnamon Fruit Dip, great with any fruit or even crackers or cookie
Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls-blending cream cheese into the pastry dough takes these sweet rolls to the next level
Cream Cheese Bacon Bites
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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. Girl, I read this early this morning at the office and for some reason, couldn’t comment. Hate the office computers.

    Anyway…LOVE this. And even more, the pics of the disappearing cream cheese bar! What a huge mystery for such a spooky day! Wonder where that thing went?!? =)

    You and your recipes are gonna come in SO handy the closer to the holidays we get. Something about Nov/Dec kick starts me on baking.

    This is going to be fabulously perfect!

  2. Carrie, this is a great one but just wait, now that Halloween is over it’s officially holiday time!!!!! Get ready for some true awesomeness!

  3. YUMMY! I’ll have to try these. Thanks for posting!

    ~Melissa Placzek

  4. Oh my !!!!! I must simply make these they.look amazing ! I’m attempting to make my own Foodie blog to put all the stuff I make or fantasise about making LOL so please help any input gratefully recieed

  5. I hear you about the cheesecake! And now that you say it, it is quite rude to the cheesecake to eat it after a massive meal. I’m super excited to try these out I have a deep love for cream cheese and so does every person in my family. I found my next family party dessert! It looks like you used pecans for nuts but do you think almonds would be good? Thank you so much for sharing and Happy Treats!

  6. The link to the chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake bars takes me to the Lemon version. I REALLY need the link to the cookie dough version to work!!! PLEASE!!


  7. these look delish!

  8. I might be making this before the week is over. This reminds me of Paula Deens gooey cake, which I have recently started making, except her recipe does not call for nuts. But I love nuts. Thanks.

  9. Also, her recipe calls for a load of powdered sugar & butter, which I always use less sugar than a recipe calls for, & I use smart butter w/ a bit of real butter. So I don’t know if the 2 recipes are really alike. after all.

  10. Ellen Barbasso says:

    If I don’t have a cake mix (don’t make many cakes) do you know what ingredients I should use and how much? I presume flour, baking powder, salt and maybe other shortening.
    Thank you.

  11. Karen LeDoux says:

    I love your recipes! Not only am I a chocoholic, but cream cheese is right behind it, lol. I do wonder, though, if the Cream Cheese Squares would be just as good with Vanilla cake mix, or even Devil’s Food? I’d like your opinion on that. I’m pretty sure the Vanilla would be great, just not sure about the Devil’s Food. Keep up with the great recipes!

  12. This recipe looks yummy. Do you think it would work with light cream cheese? I can’t wait to try it.

  13. I just made these..however mine dont look quite like yours..oh well it smells good but wont be tasting them till Christmas. .can’t wait.

  14. can’t do nuts due to allergies, any suggestions?

  15. Marilena says:

    What type of nuts did you use for your Cream Cheese Squares?

  16. AWESOME recipe, thank you ..I too now live in Ga. well it has been almost 40 years now, so guess you can call me a true blue Ga. girl now, ha ha. I so enjoy your blog, so many cute things you say not to mention some great recipes. Thank you and God bless.

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