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Snickerdoodle cheesecake shortbread bars arranged on a pink plate.

Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Shortbread Bars

Heather Smoke
Creamy cinnamon cheesecake filling, between two layers of buttery shortbread, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16


Crust & Topping

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp coarse Kosher salt (if using table salt, use half the amount)
  • ¾ cup cold, unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons


  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar or dark brown sugar, loosely packed
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ tbsp cinnamon-sugar mixture (2 tbsp granulated sugar + 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon)


Crust & Topping

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F, and line an 8x8 inch baking dish with baking paper, or spray the pan with non-stick spray.
  • In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt. Use a pastry cutter to cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly, and the pieces of butter are no bigger than peas.
  • Remove 1 cup of the crumb mixture and set aside; this will be the topping.
  • Dump the remainder of the crumbs into the pan, and press firmly against the bottom of the pan. Bake for 20 minutes.


  • While the crust is baking, you can use the same bowl to mix the filling. Use a fork to mash the cream cheese together with the sugar until well combined.
  • Add the egg, cinnamon and vanilla, and use a whisk to whisk until smooth.
  • After baking the crust for 20 minutes, remove the pan from the oven. Spread the filling evenly over the crust, then sprinkle with the reserved 1 cup of crumb topping.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, until the topping is a very pale golden brown.
  • Cool the bars completely, sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture, and cut into squares.


Store leftover bars in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 day, or refrigerated for up to 3 days.
Keyword bourbon, Cheesecake, Shortbread, Snickerdoodle