Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Bars

Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Bars are rich, sweet, and filled with classic snickerdoodle and cheesecake flavors. This easy cheesecake bar recipe always has everyone coming back for more.

We love cheesecake bars of all kinds. They’re just such a classic dessert. We took that idea and kicked it up a notch with this combination of rich, sweet cheesecake on a base of snickerdoodle cookie. It’s rich and delicious, and the combination of cinnamon cookie and cheesecake is the best!

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It uses simple ingredients.
  • It’s an easy recipe that anyone can make.
  • The combination of cinnamon snickerdoodles and cheesecake is always a hit.


These bars only take a few simple baking ingredients to make, and you can easily find them all in your kitchen or your local grocery store.

Everything you need to make these cookies is listed here, but you can find the exact amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.

cream cheese, flour, butter, baking powder, salt, vanilla, eggs, pecans, sugar, cinnamon and graham crackers on a counter.

For the Crust

  • Cinnamon graham crackers
  • Pecans
  • Butter – melted

For the Cheesecake

  • Cream cheese – softened
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon

Snickerdoodle Layer

  • Butter – softened
  • Sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Flour
  • Cinnamon
  • Chopped pecans

For the Top

  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar

🔪 How to Make Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Bars

Making these bars is much easier than you might think. This recipe is easy to make, even for beginners. Just follow the instructions, and you’ll have delicious cheesecake bars in no time!

Step 1: Prep

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick spray.

Step 2: Make the Crust

Pulse the graham crackers into fine crumbs in a food processor. Then, add the pecans and pulse until finely ground. Finally, add the melted butter and pulse until it begins to form clumps. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of the baking dish. Set aside.

Step 3: Make the Cheesecake Filling

Beat the cream cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon until creamy and smooth. Pour the mixture over the crust and set aside.

Beat the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Then, add the egg and vanilla and beat again until combined. Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and mix until thoroughly combined. Then, add the chopped pecans and mix again.

Step 5: Cover the Cheesecake

Break the dough up with your hands and evenly distribute it over the cheesecake layer.

Step 6: Bake

Top with cinnamon and sugar. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until firm.

Step 7: Chill

Chill for at least 4 hours or overnight. Then, cut into bars, serve, and enjoy!


Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • If you have nut allergies, leave out the pecans. It will still be delicious!
  • You can use Nilla wafer in place of graham crackers for the crust.
  • Use sugar cookie dough with added cinnamon for the cookie layer.

If you love the flavor of snickerdoodles, we think you’ll enjoy these maple sinckerdoodle cookies.

🥄 Equipment

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • 9×13 baking dish

🥫 Storage

Refrigerate these cheesecake bars for up to 3 days in an air-tight container. For longer storage, wrap the bars individually in plastic wrap and freeze for up to a month in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag with as much air removed as possible.

Serve With

Serve these bars with a glass of milk or cup of coffee or tea. They’re also excellent with fresh fruit or paired with your other favorite sweet treats as part of a larger dessert spread at parties.

💭 Tips

  • Be sure your cream cheese is fully softened to avoid little bits of cream cheese in the cheesecake layer.
  • Soften your butter fully for the best cookie texture.
  • Check your cheesecake bars about 5 minutes before they’re supposed to be done. All oven temperatures vary.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this snickerdoodle cheesecake bars recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

What are cheesecake bars?

Cheesecake bars are made by baking a cheesecake in a sheet pan form and then cutting it into slices. They can have a traditional crust, a cookie layer, or a combination.

Why did my cheesecake bars get too dark?

All ovens vary, so it’s important to check your cheesecake bars about 5 minutes before the specified cooking time has been reached.

What are snickerdoodles?

Snickerdoodles are a variety of cookies made with a simple dough infused with cinnamon.

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Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Bars

Snickerdoodle cheesecake bars combine a classic snickerdoodle cookie base with a rich, sweet cheesecake layer for the ultimate bar experience.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 5 hours
Servings: 20 Bars
Calories: 305kcal


  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • mixing bowls
  • 9×13 baking dish


For the crust

  • 12 full sheets cinnamon graham crackers
  • ½ cup pecans
  • ½ cup butter melted

For the cheesecake layer

  • 16 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

For the cookie layer

  • ¾ cup butter softened
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans

To sprinkle on top

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare a 9” x 13” baking dish by spraying it with cooking spray.
  • In a food processor, place the graham crackers and pulse until you have fine crumbs.
  • Add in the pecans and pulse until they are finely ground.
  • Add the melted butter and pulse until the mixture starts to form clumps.
  • Pour into the bottom of the baking dish and press down firmly until you get an even layer. Set it aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla and cinnamon for about 3-4 minutes on high. The mixture should be creamy and smooth.
  • Carefully pour over the graham cracker layer.
  • Set it aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the egg and the vanilla and continue to beat.
  • Add in the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and mix until the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.
  • Stir in the chopped pecans until well mixed.
  • Using your hands, break the cookie mixture into small pieces and cover the cream cheese layer as much as possible.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the remaining sugar and cinnamon together.
  • Sprinkle evenly over the top of the entire dish.
  • Place the bars in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes. It should be firm.
  • Cool overnight, or for at least 4+ hours before slicing into bars.


Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes. 


Serving: 1Bar | Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 242mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 368IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 1mg

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