Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Bars

After writing up and then re-reading what I said in my Snickerdoodle Ice Cream post, I started to feel like a bad big sister. Afterall, my sister and her husband were driving 5 hours to come see us on their holiday weekend and I couldn’t even save them some ice cream that I had made with her in mind… So instead of feeling bad about it, I set out to make something else that they would enjoy.

Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Bars

When I saw this recipe in Google Reader with a star next to it, I knew it would be a winner. Not only does my sister love snickerdoodles, her husband loves cheesecake. So really, these bars are the perfect dessert to make for them. In fact, they’re pretty perfect to make for anyone.

Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Bars

Everyone who tried one couldn’t get enough of them. The same batter is used for the base of the bars as for the drops of snickerdoodle on top. You’ll notice that it’s ingredients are eerily similar to those of snickerdoodle cookies.

Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Bars

The cheesecake layer is a pretty standard cheesecake filling. No frills there, which makes it the perfect compliment to the cinnamony snickerdoodle components to these bars.

Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Bars

For the dollops of snickerdoodles on the top, I used my tiny cookie scoop to portion out dough. Dropping those little balls of dough “randomly” is harder for this engineer than I was expecting. I kept wanting to line them up in perfect formation.

I’m glad that my sister’s visit encouraged me to try this recipe. I think it’s one that going to be repeated in my house (and hers) in the future!

Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Bars

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Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Bars

The perfect marriage of snickerdoodles and cheesecake, in the ever popular bar format!

Yield: 16 bars

Ingredients:

For Cinnamon Sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar

For the Cookie Base
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp fresh ground nutmeg (optional)

For the Cheesecake Layer
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp flour

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F.
For the Cinnamon sugar
Mix in a bowl until cinnamon is fully incorporated into sugar.

Butter an 8-x-8-inch baking pan. Use 1/8 cup of cinnamon sugar, place at the bottom of the pan, then rotate the pan around so that the cinnamon sugar sticks to where the butter is. Whatever cinnamon sugar is left, set aside.

For the Cookie Base
Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Add egg and beat until fully incorporated. Scrape down bowl and beat for another 30 seconds.

Add dry ingredients and mix until fully incorporated.

Divide cookie dough so that 3/4 of the dough goes into the bottom of the pan, the remaining 1/4 will go on top. Place the remaining 1/4 dough into another bowl and clean out the mixing bowl to use for cheesecake. Press the cookie dough into the pan to make an even bottom layer. Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar from when you prepared the pan.

For the Cheesecake Layer
Using the stand mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Add the egg and vanilla, and beat until fully incorporated and smooth.

Add flour and beat until fully incorporated and smooth.

Pour cheesecake batter on top of cookie dough in prepared pan.

Take the remaining cookie dough and roll into small balls. Roll them in the remaining cinnamon sugar and place them randomly on top of the cheesecake batter but make sure they are not touching.

Bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack to room temperature. Then put in fridge for 1 hour.

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23 Responses to “Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake Truffles”

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — January 4, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I can’t barely bake so the idea of finding a creative way to use leftovers astounds me. This looks AWESOME!

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    Maria — January 4, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Gorgeous truffles!

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    Justin — January 4, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    I love red velvet… these look amazing.

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    Megan — January 4, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I’ll have to remember this… I often have leftover cake too. They looks so pretty!

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    EliFla — January 4, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    This is a very good recipe…thanks and happy new year, ciao Flavia

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    Sue — January 4, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    These are so pretty! Great for valentine’s day:)

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    Blog is the New Black — January 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    These look so wonderful! Love the vibrant red!

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    ann — January 4, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    These look so good. Wonderful idea.

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    Tara — January 4, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Okay this is just hilarious! My grandma purchased a frozen Cheesecake Factory Red Velvet Cheesecake for Christmas. I took the remaining pieces home to make into balls, which we served at my new years eve party. SO good!

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    Rhondi — January 4, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Amazing as usual! I tagged you on my blog to answer some questions:
    http://bigmamashomekitchen.blogspot.com/2011/01/my-weekday-morning-routineand-ive-been.html

    Have a great day! Rhondi

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    Daisy — January 5, 2011 at 2:47 am

    you are a genius! Such a great idea to use leftover and maintain portion control.

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    KcomeKarolina — January 5, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    oh they look so yummi!!!

    xoxo from rome
    K.
    http://kcomekarolina.blogspot.com/

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    Chelsea — January 5, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Such a good idea, these look so good! I love the red velvet and cheesecake combo. You’re blog is awesome 🙂

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    We Are Not Martha — January 5, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Wow, these are so beautiful! Best way to use leftovers EVER! And who knew you could do so much with red velvet!

    Sues

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    Caroline — January 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    It’s not over-indulging because you’re able to stop at one. I would probably have eaten half a dozen of them, they look so good! What a great way to jazz up ‘leftovers’!

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    Boston Food Diary — January 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    What a FANTASTIC idea!!!! These look beyond amazing!!

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    Elina (Healthy and Sane) — January 7, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I remember the post about that cake. I really want to make it some day! The idea of turning some leftovers into truffles is pure genius! 😀

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    Shannon — January 8, 2011 at 1:54 am

    ooh, what a creative way to deal with the cake 🙂

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    Bridget — January 9, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I’m picky about what I bring in to work too. It bugs me when people bring in things that are clearly gnawed on, you know? This is the perfect way to reportion leftover cake into easily sharable treats.

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    Carolyn Jung — January 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Wives always know best! LOL
    Glad you made him “eat” his words, so to speak. The truffles are so adorable and perfect for Valentine’s Day.

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    sheila @ Elements — January 19, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    They’re adorable!!! They’d make a perfect Valentine treat too!!

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    P way — October 15, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    So…. Don’t mean to appear ignorant, but some of us have NOT made cake balls from left over cake, please be more specific in your discourse, please.

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    Angela + Payton — October 1, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    ummm this cake failed. We followed the recipe to the t and it deflated and tasted bad. This recipe was extremely watery and gross and soggy. It fell apart quickly. Thanks!

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