Double-Layer Cheesecake Bars

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Bake: 30 min. + chilling


2 dozen

Updated: Sep. 13, 2023
Can't choose between chocolate and vanilla cheesecake? Have both when you make this bar recipe with two distinct layers. —Andrea Price, Grafton, Wisconsin
Double-Layer Cheesecake Bars Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature, divided use
  • 1-1/4 cups milk chocolate chips, divided
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Reserve 1 cup dry cake mix for filling. In a large bowl, combine oil, 1 egg and remaining cake mix; stir until blended. Stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Press onto the bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake until set, 10-12 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in sour cream, heavy cream, vanilla and reserved cake mix. Add remaining 2 eggs; beat on low speed just until blended. Remove 2 cups for chocolate topping; pour remaining batter over crust.
  3. For topping, melt remaining 3/4 cup chocolate chips. Stir into reserved cream cheese mixture; spoon over filling. Bake until center is almost set, 30-35 minutes. Cool 1 hour on a wire rack. Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving. Refrigerate leftovers.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Use a hot wet knife to get clean-cut pieces of cheesecake. Clean the knife between slices.
  • The crust is thicker and more sturdy than traditional cheesecake, almost a cross between a cookie and cake in texture.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 bar: 292 calories, 19g fat (10g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 248mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.