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Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake Bars

August 2, 2023

Fresh orange juice infuses these layered cheesecake bars with bright orange flavor, reminiscent of a favorite childhood frozen treat!

Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake Bars

Serves 9


6 ounces graham cracker crumbs (11 crackers)

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Pinch kosher salt


8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

2/3 cup sugar

1 tablespoon orange zest (from about 2 oranges)

½ cup orange juice (from about 2 oranges)

1 egg


1 cup sour cream

6 tablespoons powdered sugar

1 teaspoon orange extract

Whipped cream, for serving

Thin orange slices, quartered, for serving


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8×8 inch baking pan.

Mix the graham cracker crumbs, butter and salt until butter is absorbed. Press into the bottom of the baking pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until slightly golden brown and fragrant. Turn oven down to 325°F.

Meanwhile, use a handheld mixer to beat the cream cheese, sugar and orange zest together until smooth. Add egg and beat until incorporated. Slowly mix in the orange juice until smooth.  Pour over hot crust and bake at 325°F for 35 to 40 minutes, until center no longer jiggles when gently shaken. Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 25 minutes.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream, powdered sugar and orange extract until smooth. Spread over warm filling, then transfer to the refrigerator to cool completely.

Just before serving, cut into squares and top with whipped cream and an orange slice.

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  • Reply
    Isilda Silva
    August 3, 2023 at 6:01 pm

    Hi Debbie, looking forward to making this recipe and sharing with family and friends. Thank you for always sharing your recipes.

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    Millie Zblewski
    August 17, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    can’t wait to try Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake Bars. Thank You

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    Carol Schaedel
    August 17, 2023 at 2:51 pm

    Thank you for all of your recipes that you post. I save them in my Pinterest app.

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    Anna Acosta
    August 17, 2023 at 4:18 pm

    For 17 years I have published a monthly “Cook’s Corner” recipe for our community paper, “Saddlebag Notes” in SaddleBrooke, AZ. I would love to use this Creamsicicle Cheesecake recipe in a future column. I would say where the recipe came from and, of course, Debbie would get the kudos. May I use it?

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    Patti Truckey
    August 17, 2023 at 4:55 pm

    Anyone made in IP

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