Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake Bars 

Embrace the vibrant flavors of summer with these Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake Bars. This delightful dessert combines the nostalgic taste of a childhood favorite with the creamy richness of cheesecake. Light and zesty, these bars are perfect for any summer gathering or a sweet end to a warm day.


For the Crust:
  • 8 oz animal crackers, crushed
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
For the Cheesecake Layer:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
For the Orange Sour Cream Layer:
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 2-3 drops orange gel food coloring


  1. Prepare the Crust:
    • Combine crushed animal crackers with melted butter. Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan.
    • Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
  2. Make the Cheesecake Layer:
    • In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese with the sugar until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, fully incorporating each before adding the next.
    • Stir in the orange zest and orange juice until well combined.
    • Pour this mixture over the prepared crust and return to the oven, lowering the temperature to 300°F. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until just set.
  3. Add the Orange Sour Cream Layer:
    • Mix the sour cream with powdered sugar, orange extract, and food coloring until smooth.
    • Carefully spread this mixture over the baked cheesecake layer.
    • Bake at 325°F for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature.
  4. Chill and Serve:
    • Once cooled, refrigerate the cheesecake bars for at least 1 hour to set completely.
    • Cut into bars and garnish each with a dollop of whipped cream and a fresh orange slice before serving.


  • Room Temperature Ingredients: For the best texture, ensure that your cream cheese and eggs are at room temperature before you begin.
  • Monitoring Baking Time: Keep a close eye on the cheesecake during the final minutes of baking to prevent overcooking, which can lead to cracking.


Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake Bars offer a fresh twist on traditional summer flavors. With their creamy texture and bold citrus notes, these bars are sure to be a hit at any summer party or as a delicious treat to enjoy at home. Their preparation is straightforward, making it easy to bring a bit of summer into your kitchen anytime. Enjoy the sweet, tangy sensation of these delightful cheesecake bars and let them transport you to sunny days and fun-filled afternoons.

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