Merry Cherry Cheesecake Bars

Cheesecake Bar Recipe
11 Reviews
Cheesecake bars made festive with red and green cherries. These easy cheesecake bars are sure to become a family favorite.
20 min
Prep Time
40 min
Total Time
25 bars


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
large Land O Lakes® Egg
1 tablespoon
lemon juice
1/4 cup
chopped green candied cherries
1/4 cup
chopped red candied cherries


  1. 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 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.
  2. 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 18-20 minutes or until filling is set. Cut into bars while warm. Cover; store refrigerated.

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Recipe Comments and Reviews


I have been looking for this recipe for years. I had it and have made it many times, but I lost the recipe and have been wanting to make it again. Thanks so much, excited to try this again!!


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.

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