Happy Friday everyone! I made these bars on Easter, but who doesn’t love carrot cake and cheesecake all year round anyway? I know I do. These are one of the treats I made along with my cherry danish braids and some rolled sugar cookies. I created these bars based off of my carrot cake cookies I posted last week and had no idea how these were going to turn out! Luckily, they turned out AMAZING! And I was so, so happy when I tasted them and they were just as good as I hoped. Don’t you just love when you create a recipe on a whim and cross your fingers for the best and it comes out awesome?! The cookie layers are so chewy and soft and combined with the creamy cheesecake center – there just are no words for these.
I typically use a heavy hand on spices when I am making anything carrot cake-like because I feel like carrots can really stand up to copious amounts. These are definitely not over-spiced though, they are the perfect amount of spiciness cut by the slight sweetness of the carrots. Oh, and can we not forget about the delicious cheesecake center?! The cheesecake center is what makes these bars so amazing. It’s like having a piece of carrot cake cheesecake but a MILLION times easier to make! I just love easy, decadent desserts that taste like you’ve put a lot of work into them and this is definitely one of them.
I cut my bars into tiny squares since they are very rich. You won’t be able to have just one.
If you love carrot cake and you love cheesecake, you will love these bars!
Adapted from my Soft-Baked Carrot Cake Cookies