Cheesecake Bar Recipe

Merry Cherry Cheesecake Bars

Cheesecake bars made festive with red and green cherries. These easy cheesecake bars are sure to become a family favorite.

20 min. prep time
25 bars
10510 Ratings


Crumb Mixture

1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour


1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped green candied cherries
1/4 cup chopped red candied cherries


Heat oven to 350°F. Combine all crumb mixture ingredients in small bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Reserve 1/2 cup crumb mixture. Press remaining crumb mixture onto bottom of ungreased 8-inch square baking pan. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.

Combine all filling ingredients except cherries in same bowl. Beat at medium speed until smooth. Stir in cherries by hand. Spread filling over crust. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture. Continue baking for 18 to 20 minutes or until filling is set. Cut into bars while warm. Cover; store refrigerated.

Nutrition Facts (1 bar)

Calories: 110

Fat: 6g

Cholesterol: 25mg

Sodium: 60mg

Carbohydrates: 12g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #1261©1995Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

I have made these for years and everyone loves them.
My mother in law always made this recipe at Christmas and she passed away last year. I ran across the original recipe that she had saved from a magazine long ago. This is a favorite at our house and I continue to make it every year.
My mama used to make these at Christmas. I thought we had lost the recipe. So glad it is still out here.
An annual favorate since 1978--the recipe saved from a Dec. 1978 McCall's magazine!
I have made this for years and my family just loves it. It's part of my Christmas collection.
In 1980 at the age of 9, my mother had found the recipe for Merry Cheesecakes she had saved from a Land O' Lakes butter box. That was the very first Christmas she started making those treats and ever since it's been a long lived never ending tradition. Now I have been making the recipe for holiday parties.
I found this recipe on the Land O Lakes carton over 20 years ago. It had so much butter on it I couldn't read it any more.
It has been a family favorite for as long as I can remember. It is a family tradition to use Land O Lakes. I can remember my Mother using it when I was a kid. Other than right from the farm, there is no better butter anywhere.l
Tastes like cheesecake, is really easy to make and keeps well wrapped in the refrigerator. I make it all year round. Found the recipe inside a butter package 20+ yrs ago and copied it on a file card. The file card is yellowed and stained and now that I see the recipe on your site I guess I changed it a bit and chaged 1/3 c to 1/2 c to use a full stick of butter and upped the sugar to 1/2 and the flour to 1 and 1/4 cups. It makes a little thicker crust and I don't have to worry about saving a partial stick of butter!! My family expects me to make these each Christmas but sometimes I surprise them and make them at other times during the year. They're great!!
I have been using this recipe for over 20
years. It has become a Christmas tradition
at our house. I recently misplaced my
recipe(taken from a carton of butter) and
was extremely relieved to find it on your
website. My husband was a police officer,
and I baked cookies by the gross at
Christmas for the department. He always had
to hide these cookies so that everyone had a
chance to have one.
I found this recipe in a magazine years ago. It is one of my family's favorite Christmas cookies.
This is the first Land O' Lakes cookie recipe that I tried, lots of years ago. My family loved it and they always make sure that it's on my list to make every Christmas. There's no doubt that I have to make more than one recipe, so that I have enough to share as every one's going home. It's a real "keeper" of a that's easy to make, stores well in the frig, is a beautiful and festive cookie, and tastes wonderful too.

Comment On This Recipe

Please correct the item(s) in red below:
5 Please select a rating

Email address will not be published

Please note, all submissions are screened for content deemed appropriate by Land O'Lakes. Comments are published within 3 business days.
Thank you, your comment has been submitted for approval


Your friend thought you might be interested in Merry Cherry Cheesecake Bars

Latest Blog

What in the World Can You Dip in Chocolate?
January 6, 2016 by Land O'Lakes Test Kitchen

Chocolate’s complex flavor brings out the sweetness and tanginess of fruit, mellows the heat of peppers, and comes alive when introduced to a little bit of salt. The real question should be, “What can’t you dip in chocolate?” More ...

The Simple Rewards® Club is your personal online resource for exclusive offers and information. It’s also our way of saying “thank you” for trusting Land O’Lakes and inviting us into your home. Membership is free, so sign up today.

FREE Sign Up Includes:
  • Our Measuring Cup® Newsletter Preview »
  • Money-Saving and Exclusive Offers
  • Online Recipe Box

Already a Member? Sign In.


YES. Send me the Measuring Cup® Newsletter.
Cancel and Go Back

Forgot Your Password?

Please correct the items(s) in red below

    We'll email instructions to the address you used to register.

    Reset My Password Cancel and Go Back

    Confirmation Email Sent

    We've sent a confirmation email to the address associated with your account. Check your email and follow the link within 3 hours in order to complete the password reset process.


    Welcome Back!

    If you are already a member, please sign in.

    Not a Simple Rewards Member? Join Now. Forgot Your Password?

    Check Your Email

    Look for an email soon with instructions to reset your password.

    If you did not receive the email, please check your email junk folder (just in case) or contact us.

    Hi, I'm Becky. I'm eager to share my best ideas and favorite recipes from my 20+ years in the Land O'Lakes Test Kitchen. I'm also excited to help with any questions you have about cooking and baking with Land O Lakes® products. Some of the questions and answers will be published in our newsletter, The Measuring Cup®. Please use the short form below to ask your questions, or share your tip or memory.

    Please correct the item(s) in red below

    *These fields are required


    Your question has been submitted.

    Close Window