March 6, 2013

Brown Sugar Toffee Cheesecake Bars

Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts, and this is one of those recipes that's really 
quick to throw together and super easy.

I love love loved the shortbread crust, and the toffee bits in the filling is delish.

I came across the original recipe for this on Cookies and Cups 
and really liked the sound of it. 

I switched it up a little by not swirling the caramel through the filling because I 
thought it might make it a little too sweet. I'm glad I chose not to because 
the stirred in toffee bits along with the brown sugar gave it a perfect balance of sweetness and tang from the cream cheese. 

I also changed up the cooking times, because for me, it cooked a bit faster 
for both the crust and the filling.

Very yummy! 

Linked with Spatulas On Parade: In and Out of the Kitchen Link Up Party
Sunflower Supper Club: Weekend Potluck
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Brown Sugar Toffee Cheesecake Bars

Shortbread Crust
3/4 cup butter, room temp
1/2 cup brown sugar, I like dark
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour

Cheesecake Filling
2 (8 oz) blocks cream cheese, room temp
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup toffee bits (Bits O' Brickle)
1/4 cup caramel sauce, I used a good ice cream topper

Preheat oven to 350°

In a mixing bowl, combine butter and brown sugar, beating until light and fluffy, 1-2 minutes.
Add in vanilla and mix until incorporated. Turn mixer to low and slowly add in flour, mixing until blended. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 baking dish and bake for 14-17 minutes, or until lightly browned.

While crust is baking beat together cream cheese, brown sugar and vanilla, until smooth. With mixer on low, add in eggs and beat until evenly combined. Stir in toffee bits; pour over baked crust and spread evenly. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until center is set. Cool completely; refrigerate until ready to serve. Note: Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

When serving, drizzle with caramel sauce and sprinkle on additional toffee bits, if desired.


  1. Ohhhhhh!! How very yummmmm!!! Love the caramel touch.

    1. Yea,,,they're pretty hard to stay out of.

  2. YAY so glad to see you linked up with us at "In and Out of the Kitchen Link Up Party"
    I have pinned this to try. Looks so good I want to lick the screen! lol

    1. Lol, your welcome Dawn, and it is that good. Hope you get to try it soon :)

  3. Andrea, these look so yummy! I love toffee bits and cream cheese in a fruit dip, and I bet they are delicious on these bars as well.

    1. Your welcome, Kirsten. They were really quick and easy to make, and oh so scrumptious :)

  4. Hello Andrea! Just wanted to pop in and congratulate you one being one of the featured recipes from last week's Weekend Potluck. Thanks so much for being so faithful to our little party. I love to see what you bring every week!

    1. Thank you so much! I really enjoy participating and looking through all the wonderful recipes. You guys do a great job.

  5. What an awesome recipe. I hear it screaming my name! =) Pinning to make very soon. OH my!

    1. Thanks, Marsha. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.