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Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Bars

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Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Bars have a nutty vanilla wafer crust, topped with creamy homemade cheesecake, pecan halves, and caramel sauce!

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Bars on a square white plate on a red and white napkin

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Bars

You may all have caught on to my love affair with caramel. Sweets like this Salted Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Dip are my crack! So when Breakstone shared their recipe for Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Bars, I took the bait without blinking. They sent me their newest product, Greek Style Sour Cream which features the “smooth, creamy texture and deliciously rich taste of traditional sour cream blended with authentic Greek strained yogurt.” With 50% less fat, 40% less cholesterol, and twice the calcium and protein of regular sour cream, I had to test it out. And I think from my photos, you can see that these bars were winners.

Overhead view of Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Bars on a square white plate garnished with raspberries

Tips for Baking These Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Bars

  • This recipe can easily be cut in half and made in an 8 x 8-inch pan. I use non-stick foil to line the pan for easy removal.
  • I keep half of my pecans whole since my picky family is not a fan of nuts. The chopped pecans in the crust are disguised, but a nutty topping would scare them off. Feel free to top yours as you wish.
  • As with any cheesecake, the eggs and cream cheese should be at room temperature for the smoothest consistency.
  • The cheesecake layer is rich, silky and delectable, not overly sweet, so adding the caramel sauce is the perfect finishing touch without being overkill. I know you’ll love these Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Bars as much as I did!!

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Bars drizzled with caramel and topped with pecans on a a square, white ceramic plate

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Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Bars

Cheesecake bars with a vanilla wafer crust and topped with pecans and caramel sauce! Recipe adapted from Philadelphia Cream Cheese

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield 24 servings


  • 1 cup Greek Style Sour Cream
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, divided
  • 50 vanilla wafers, finely crushed (1 2/3 cups)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 32 ounces Philadelphia Cream Cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping or homemade caramel sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 325°.
  2. Chop 1/2 cup nuts finely; mix with wafer crumbs and butter. Press onto bottom of 13x9-inch pan. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with mixer until blended. Add Greek style sour cream, flour, and vanilla; mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crust.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool, then refrigerate 4 hours.
  5. To serve, drizzle with caramel topping; sprinkle with remaining nuts.


Total time does not include chilling time.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 296Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 198mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 5g


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37 comments on “Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Bars”

  1. Greek style sour cream? I must investigate this! Although really, I already sub regular Greek yogurt for sour cream in almost everything. Beautiful plating and photography on these bars! Wow!

  2. I’m allergic to pecans and I don’t like caramel.

    Would still eat.

  3. Dang. This looks so good! I tried to healthify a recipe the other day but failed. I mean, it tasted great, but when I calculated the calories it didn’t come out sounding very light. Oops! I should stop trying and just make this instead 🙂

  4. Your presentation is beautiful Liz, great pics! I’d love a big ole piece of this right now:@)

  5. What a great product! Sounds and looks delectable – especially in your cheesecake bars =)

  6. Caramel and pecan definitely is a heavenly combo!

  7. These cheesecake bars look incredible Liz! I love the sound of that caramel topping and extra pecans – and that Greek sour cream sounds intriguing, thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. see now I am loving this because with my cheesecakes I need a little crunch or something so the pecans are a perfect treat for me! Love this

  9. look absolutely delicious Lizzy!!!

  10. Oh how delicious…Those cheesecake squares look PERFECT! How I wish I could reach into my screen and try one…and everything is better with a drizzle of caramel 😉


  11. Nice. I like the decoration and crunch that the pecans add.

  12. Yum! These cheesecake squares with caramel and pecan just look decadent…like the gooey caramel with the crunchy pecan…
    Have a great week Liz 😀

  13. Caramel is just so easy to fall in love with. How gorgeous are these?!

  14. This looks so heavenly Liz. I like every bit of this recipe.

  15. Delicious! I just baked chocolate caramel bars with pecans and posted in my blog 🙂 yours looks perfect…

  16. Gorgeous.

  17. Oooooh greek style sour cream? I need to see if I can find that product here in Vancouver! Even without it, I’d still use full fat sour cream and devour this gorgeous cheesecake, Liz. Waistline be damned! It looks perfectly lush and creamy.

  18. These look so beautiful! Loving the presentation and the pools of caramel!!

  19. As a kid, I wasn’t too fond of pecans but now, I can’t get enough of them…lol. These bars look spectacular Liz!

  20. Cheesecake, caramel and pecans…you’ve won my heart!

    Breakstone is my sour cream of choice. You’ve introduced me to their new Greek-style sour cream…now, I have to try it, and starting with these luscious cheesecake bars sounds like a great idea to me!

  21. One of my favorite desserts (and Bill’s) is Southern Pecan Cheesecake . . . these are perfect mini renditions of one of our favorite desserts! Kudos, Liz!

  22. I always chuckle when you sneak in foods your family doesn’t like. These look super good as always.

  23. Lizzy,
    The bars look fantastic but how did you get your hubby to try them – with the faux nut allergy and all? 😉

  24. This sounds soooo good!

  25. What a lovely recipe, I am a sucker for all the cheesecake bars in the world 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  26. These must be my dream bars with that trifecta of caramel, pecan, and cheesecake!

  27. You wouldn’t have to twist my arm for me to eat a plateful of these, Liz. 🙂

  28. Sometimes the only word is YUUUMMMMM!!!!

  29. Caramel? Pecan? Cheesecake? These are really the ultimate indulgent treat!!!! I’d have a large smile on my face eating these scrumptious bars. Happy V-day, Liz!!!

  30. These cheesecake bars look super duper delicious, Liz.

  31. This looks so good, love the pecans.

  32. I’ve never tried cheesecake bars. It looks delicious. Caramel sauce is a must here and I want to see how it’s like to eat the cheesecake with pecan. Yummy. I hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day! 🙂

  33. Make the bad lady stop with all this exquisite baking! : )

  34. Oh wow you have some of my all time favourite things here, pecans, caramel and cheesecake! Seriously I am going to have to try this recipe!

  35. I love every Cheesecake because I’m a fan of cheese in cake. It is interesting how many recipes for Cheesecake and for me there is no one who is not worth a try. I have never tried a combination with caramel. I look forward to the recipe!

  36. You had me at CARAMEL!!!!! YES!

  37. Greek style sour cream sounds divine. I love the combination of caramel and pecan in this recipe. Such a perfect cheesecake bar recipe.

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