Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars

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Creamy and delicious cheesecake bars made with a rich caramel sauce and glaze that are out of this world! Sure to be a hit with your family!
dulche deleche cheesecake bars stacked on a white plate.

Geez why am I so obsessed with cheesecake? I love it so much! It really is my favorite dessert and no secret if you have been following along.

But first. Lets talk about dulce de leche. Heaven. That’s what it is. I just discovered that you can buy it next to the sweetened condensed milk. It is a rich and creamy caramel sauce that is perfect for baking and using as a delicious caramel glaze.

Cheesecake plus a rich and creamy caramel glaze. Now we are talking! 🙂

Stack of dulce deleche cheesecake bars.


It starts with a buttery graham cracker base. That is one of my favorite parts of cheesecake. But the cheesecake layer gets mixed with this dulce de leche adding a rich and caramel flavor. Then they get glazed with the dulce de leche.

My son loves to be the taste tester of my treats. He came home from school and gave them a try. As soon as he took his first bite he told me that these were the best treats I have made. He begged me to keep them for the family and not give them away. 🙂

These are an amazing dessert. And I decided to sprinkle them with a little sea salt because I love the sweet and salty combination. But it is totally optional. If you love cheesecake and caramel you are going to love these bars just as much as our family did!

dulce deleche bars resting on parchment paper.

Recipe inspired by Bon ApetitStack of dulce deleche cheesecake bars.

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars

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Creamy and delicious cheesecake bars made with a rich caramel sauce and glaze that are out of this world! Sure to be a hit with your family!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 24 Bars


  • 2 1/4 cups graham crackers about 17, finely ground
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon ground
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 ¼ sticks, melted


  • 3 package cream cheese 8 ounce, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup dulce de leche purchased
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • 2/3 cup dulce de leche purchased
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream or more


To make the crust:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 inch pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper for easy removal. Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Add the melted butter and stir until coated. Press evenly in the bottom of your pan and bake about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely.

To make the filling:

  • Beat cream cheese and sugar together until creamy and smooth. Add eggs one at a time and scrape bowl as needed. Add dulce de leche and vanilla and continue to beat until smooth. Spread batter over cooled crust. Bake until center is just set and edges are lightly golden brown and starting to crack about 35-38 minutes. Cool completely.

For glaze:

  • In a microwave safe bowl heat dulce de leche and 3 tablespoons cream in the microwave stirring after 10 seconds at a time. Stir to blend and add more cream if needed and too thick. Pour glaze over cooled cheesecake and refrigerate about 1 hour until chilled. Sprinkle with sea salt if desired.


Serves: 24

Calories226kcal (11%)Carbohydrates17g (6%)Protein3g (6%)Fat16g (25%)Saturated Fat9g (45%)Cholesterol67mg (22%)Sodium156mg (7%)Potassium62mg (2%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar12g (13%)Vitamin A582IU (12%)Calcium40mg (4%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cheesecake Bar Recipe, cheesecake bars, Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. I have had this scrumptious recipe bookmarked forever, and I finally made them. They are so good and easy. We loved them!

  2. Years ago, I had a friend who made her own dulce de leche by
    Placing a can of carnation milk in a saucepan, covering it with
    Water and boiling. The secret is in adding water to keep the water
    Level over the can. I Don’t remember the length of time in boiling
    The can of milk. This is not a dangerous process….her outcome
    Was very delicious !!!!! Have you ever heard of this process?

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