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Eggnog Cheesecake Bars

Layered Eggnog Cheesecake bars with a gingersnap crust, creamy cheesecake filling and snickerdoodle cookie topping! This is the ultimate dessert recipe for eggnog lovers and it’s a cinch to make.

Layered Eggnog Cheesecake bars with a gingersnap crust, creamy cheesecake filling and snickerdoodle cookie topping! This is the ultimate dessert recipe, and it's easy enough to make!

Why this Recipe Works

You can’t have the holiday season without eggnog. And you can’t have it without cheesecake. Why not put them together in one rich and creamy dessert that’s easy to slice up and share?

An easy crust made out of gingersnaps makes these Eggnog Cheesecake Bars out-of-this-world delicious, adding a tart and spicy touch. I couldn’t resist throwing on a dreamy topping of sugar and spice (and everything nice). I used the cinnamon sugar blend I love on Snickerdoodles but added some nutmeg too–this is an eggnog dessert after all!

With a creamy filling and a crispy crust, cheesecake bars make everyone at the dessert table oh so happy!

Ingredient Notes

  • Gingersnap cookies – Don’t have these (or don’t like them)? Graham crackers or nilla wafers will work just fine as a substitute in the crust.
  • Cream cheese – Use full fat cream cheese for best flavor and creamy consistency. Don’t forget to let it soften on the counter for a few minutes so it’s easier to work with.
  • Rum extract – Along with nutmeg, this flavoring gives the cheesecake that rich eggnog taste you crave, no eggnog or rum needed!
Layered Eggnog Cheesecake bars with a gingersnap crust, creamy cheesecake filling and snickerdoodle cookie topping! This is the ultimate dessert recipe, and it's easy enough to make!

Easy Instructions

The crust. I used a whole bag of crushed gingersnaps for this gorgeous, flavorful crust. You can always substitute graham crackers or nilla wafers if you prefer, but I love the tanginess the gingersnap cookies give these bars.

The cheesecake. No actual eggnog is used in this cheesecake. Instead a combination of rum extract and nutmeg gives the illusion that the creamy center is an eggnog infused delight!

The cookie topping. Much like a snickerdoodle cookie, this version has 1/4 tsp nutmeg for extra holiday cheer. Oh, it’s also topped with a sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg crust.

Yeah. It doesn’t get much better than this for dessert. HOWEVER, as a reminder, this needs time to “set up.” After baking these bars they need to chill for at least 4 hours. I usually make them the day before so that they can be refrigerated overnight.

Once chilled, you can cut them and enjoy.

Recipe FAQs

Do these need to be kept in the fridge?

Yes, you should store these in the refrigerator for freshness and best taste. I love them chilled straight from the fridge!

Can you make this without the rum extract?

If you omit the extract you won’t get the name eggnog flavor. Rum extract is worth the purchase! After you make cheesecake bars, use it in Eggnog Fudge, Butter Rum Fudge and Homemade Eggnog.

How can I tell when the cheesecake is done baking?

The cheesecake bars are ready to come out of the oven when the cookie crust is lightly browned. The center of the cheesecake may be slightly jiggly but it will continue to firm as it cools (and when it’s chilled).

Now you can have your eggnog and eat it too with this simple Eggnog Cheesecake Bars recipe! With the perfect hint of eggnog flavor, these easy bars are a hit every holiday season.

More Eggnog Recipes

  • Frozen Eggnog Whipped Cream. Make these delicious whipped cream discs and store in freezer until ready to enjoy on a hot cup of coffee or cocoa!
  • Eggnog Cheesecake Cake: a delicious layer cake that’s sure to impress. From scratch, spice cake with a cheesecake center and eggnog buttercream frosting!
  • Eggnog Muffins: little, bite size donut muffins that are perfect for Christmas morning!
Yield: 24 large bars

Eggnog Cheesecake Bars

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours 5 minutes

Layers of gingersnap crust, creamy eggnog cheesecake filling, and topped with cookie bars, these Eggnog Cheesecake Bars are a holiday must.

Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 1 bag (14 oz) gingersnap cookies (about 2 ½ cups crumbs)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted

For the Cheesecake filling:

  • 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp rum extract
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg

For the Cookie layer:

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ cup milk

For the Topping:

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Line a 13x9-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a food processor, pulse gingersnap cookies until fine crumbs. Add in melted butter and pulse until combined.
  3. Press crumbs into the bottom of prepared baking dish. Using the palm of your hand (or bottom of a cup) press crumbs firmly into the pan.
  4. For the cheesecake filling, beat cream cheese with sugar, eggs, rum extract and nutmeg using the whisk attachment of your electric mixer. Beat until fluffy and smooth (about 3-4 minutes). Pour over gingersnap crust.
  5. For the cookie layer, beat butter with sugar for 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla and beat thoroughly. Add in baking powder, salt, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg and beat until fully combined. Add milk and beat until well blended. Scoop dough by large spoonfuls onto the top of the cheesecake layer. Use your fingertips to spread gently until the cheesecake layer is fully covered.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the topping ingredients. Sprinkle generously over the cookie layer.
  7. Bake for about 35 minutes. Middle may still "jiggle", that's okay. You want the cookie layer to be completely cooked (and lightly browned). Remove from oven and cool completely. Once cooled, cover with foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours (or overnight). Cut into squares and enjoy cold!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 317Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 189mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 1gSugar: 26gProtein: 3g

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About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on December 13, 2018

Comments & Reviews

  1. While eggnog may have milk, cream, sugar, eggs, and rum, the recipe does not have those ingredients.   I am not sure how the cheesecake is eggnog flavored without the eggnog ingredients and without actual eggnog.  

    1. Cream cheese is made of milk and cream….the recipe includes cream cheese, sugar, and eggs plus rum extract. And voila…an “Eggnog Cheesecake” 🙂 I guess in this case it’s up to you and your palate…our family and friends definitely thinks it tastes like eggnog flavored cheesecake.

  2. I did not mean to offend you in any way.  I just wanted to point out that it does not taste like eggnog at all so if someone wanted something eggnog flavored they may want to adjust the recipe.   

  3. While I love many of your recipes,   these are not at all eggnog flavored and do not actually have any eggnog in them.  They tasted like rum cheesecake to us.  The concept was great and I am going to try to adjust it to have real eggnog in them.  I am only mentioning this for those who are looking for an eggnog flavored cheesecake as they may want to try a different recipe.  

    1. Eggnog is basically milk, cream, sugar and rum…and some people add nutmeg. So in essence, yes, the cheesecake IS eggnog flavored without using eggnog. I did clarify in the text that no eggnog was used for this recipe.

  4. Hi, how long do the eggnog cheesecake bars last, and can they be kept in an airtight container or do they need to be in the fridge? I ask because I would like to make them for little packages of mixed cookies/bars for gifts.

    1. Because of the cheesecake, they definitely need to stay refrigerated. They are best eaten within the first two days, after that the cookie layer on top begins to soften.

  5. I am planning to make these for a holiday get together this weekend.  However, I have one question.  Can I use real rum instead of rum extract?  I am afraid I won’t be able to find pure rum extract, but I do happen to have a bottle of dark rum on hand.

    1. Real rum won’t have the concentration of flavor you need. If you have a walmart, meijer or Kroger near you, you should be able to find this in the same aisle as the vanilla extract! 🙂

  6. Hahaha!  Too funny that you posted it here instead of doing cards.  I usually do handmade cards every year, but last year and this year I went with the photo card option.  This year I ordered one that could be printed and mailed in under 5 days…gotta love that!  Now to get the cards addressed and actually in the mail.  I may have a stack of cards that never got sent out a few years ago.  Whoops!  Maybe I should just bake a pan of these awesome cheesecake bars!  Eggnog is one of my favorite holiday flavors!

  7. You Aimee are the queen of eggnog! These cheesecake bars look absolutely scrumptious! Only two weeks to Christmas? Freaking out! Hahaha but so exciting! 

  8. I made your Fannie Mae fudge and loved it!  When you say to “wrap in parchment paper and store in airtight container”, should this container be refrigerated?

    1. For the fudge? I refrigerate it if I’m going to be keeping it for longer than a few days. Keeps it fresh 🙂

  9. That’s the best card! Your kids look like such a nice bunch. You must be a very proud mom!
    There’s no time for cards when there’s life. And cheesecake. Priorities, people! These bars are the best. That cookie layer on top is great!

  10. I love that you put it online. I spend so much time and money doing cards every year and every year I say NO MORE CARDS!!!! I’d rather spend my time making and eating these bars!

    1. haha, YOUR card is what made me once again feel like, darnit, I forgot. Your cards are beautiful 🙂

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