Dulce De Leche Cheesecake Bars

It was only a matter of time.

Ever since I dipped a spoon into a can of thick, velvety, sticky sweet dulce de leche, I was hooked.

I grew up obsessed with condensed milk, and dulce de leche is really just the darker, more mature version. Dulce de leche is essentially the caramelized version of the condensed milk of my childhood. And once I see the word caramel, I’m a goner.

So it was only a matter of time…

Before I made Dulce De Leche Cheesecake Bars.

Cheesecake just seems like the logical next step. I’ve made salted dulce de leche macaroons. And birthday cake with a dulce de leche filling. And I’ve obsessed about banana bread with dulce de leche. Really, I’ve obsessed about any dessert that has dulce de leche.

And don’t get me started on caramel. Salted caramel pot de creme. Chocolate caramel crunch with sea salt. Caramel pecan shortbread cups. Caramel on waffles. Salted caramel ice cream.

So a dulce de leche cheesecake just seems… right.

This time, I used a fancier version of dulce de leche (although the Nestle can will always have a special place in my pantry). I bought this jar from Cardullo’s, my favorite gourmet shoppe. If you guys find yourselves in the Harvard Square area, I urge you to check out this charming store right near the center of the Square. They sell specialty foods and beverages around the world – I am partial to their fantastic chocolate bar selection, as well as their cheese section.

This fancy dulce de leche was creamier and sweeter than the canned variety. One day I’ll make a homemade version but for now I am perfectly happy with the ready-made ones.

And these cheesecake bars —

are Incredible.

So incredible, that I didn’t feel the need to top them with a sprinkle of sea salt. I just wanted the pure, supple flavors of dulce de leche to shine through.

So incredible, that I felt like the most popular girl at my friend’s party, where I brought these for everyone.

So incredible, that I ate three bars within six hours.

Yield: 24 bars

Dulce De Leche Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients

Crust

2 1/4 cups finely ground graham crackers
2 tablespoons sugar
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) salted butter, melted

Filling

3 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 cup purchased dulce de leche
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Glaze

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

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Make the crust. Mix graham cracker crumbs and sugar in a medium bowl. Add melted butter; stir until coated. Transfer crumb mixture to a 13x9x2 baking pan (I lined mine with parchment paper and lightly buttered it). Press evenly onto bottom of pan. Bake until crust is light golden, about 10 minutes. Cool completely.
  3. Make the filling. Combine cream cheese and sugar and blend until smooth and creamy (you can do this in a food processor, but I just did it manually). Add eggs, dulce de leche, and vanilla. Mix well. Spread batter evenly over cooled crust. Bake until just set in center and edges are puffed and slightly cracked, about 38 minutes. Cool completely.
  4. Make the glaze. Heat dulce de leche and 3 tablespoons cream in microwave-safe bowl in 10-second intervals until melted. Stir to blend. Pour glaze over cooled cheesecake; spread evenly. Refrigerate, covered, until chilled for at least an hour (I made mine a day in advanced so it chilled overnight). Cut cheesecake lengthwise into 4 strips, then crosswise into 6 strips, forming 24 bars.

modified from the Bon Appetit recipe

These cheesecake bars are smooth, sticky, sweet, and oh-so-perfect. Make them soon!

   

31 Responses to “Dulce De Leche Cheesecake Bars”

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    cassandre posted May 19, 2012 at 10:51 am

    OMG, this looks sinfully good.. i love cheesecake and i can only imagine how decadent this was with the added dulce de leche.. yum..must try this recipe. thanks for sharing

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    Megan posted May 19, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    They look amazing! I love me some caramel too. And knowing me, I would put some chocolate in these somewhere too. ;)

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    Elizabeth posted May 19, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    You were the most popular girl! :) Seriously, everyone who saw them or tasted them was like, WHO made these?! I definitely had my fair share in a 24 hour period. So glad you came!

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    Lea @ Healthy Coconut posted May 20, 2012 at 12:59 am

    I completely understand about growing up drinking…errr, eating a lot of food made with condensed milk. A lot of the desserts my mom made had a can of condensed milk in the recipe.

    This recipe looks good. I’ve never made homemade cheesecake, so I should start with a basic one first then I’ll try this recipe :)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted May 20, 2012 at 6:48 am

    Oh my, these look incredible!

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    Errign posted May 20, 2012 at 7:34 am

    These look AMAZING.

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    Joanne posted May 20, 2012 at 9:01 am

    I’m a serious dulce de leche lover as well and I never realized you had so many recipes that use it on your site! I need to get with the program and make some of them! these cheesecake bars look amazing!

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    Adri @FoodieBeFit posted May 20, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I absolutely love dulce de leche. These look delish.

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    Rhonda posted May 20, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    That spoon full is just screaming to be eaten, I don’t know how you got any on the actual bars :) They look amazing.

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    Michelle posted May 20, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    I love your love of dulce de leche!

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    grace posted May 21, 2012 at 9:17 am

    if i was presented with a platter of these, i would totally pick out the one with the dulce de leche oozing over the edge. so nice!

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    Taryn posted May 21, 2012 at 9:48 am

    These look SO GOOD. I love dulce de leche, and definitely don’t bake with it enough. As soon as I’m eating gluten and dairy again, these are at the top of my list!

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    Meghan posted May 21, 2012 at 9:49 am

    These look absolutely amazing!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking posted May 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    These would disappear dangerously fast in my house, I think. Great recipe Bianca! Thanks for sharing. Also, I’m having a ChicWrap giveaway today that you should enter!

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen posted May 21, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    How is it that I’ve never tried dulce de leche? I’ve had things flavored like dulce de leche, but never straight up! These look incredible…

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    Honey What's Cooking posted May 21, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    geez that looks good as hell. i love dulce leche.. and combine that with cheesecake is heaven!

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    Paige @ Running Around Normal posted May 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Ahhhh man, my husband would love these!

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    Tracey posted May 21, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    My mouth is watering. These look fantastic and so not good for you but who cares. I want to make them soon!

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    val posted May 21, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    This is cheesecake perfection!

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    Simply Life posted May 21, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    You’re so good! I feel like condensed milk is like the secret weapon of baking!

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    Sues posted May 22, 2012 at 6:34 am

    These look like ooey gooey perfection! I NEED to get my hands on a jar of dulce de leche ASAP!

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    Purabi Naha posted May 22, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Oh, dulce de leche!! And you created magic using this! I loved this cheesecake: one of the recipes I’m eager to try very soon.

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    Kailey posted May 22, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    uhm those need to get in my belly now :)
    Cheesecake is my favorite dessert in the world.

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    Samantha Angela posted May 22, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    I’m with you. I think condensed milk and dulce de leche are both soooo deliciously irresistible.
    And then you go put it on cheesecake? That sounds dangerous. ;)

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    Daisy posted May 22, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    these look luscious. I’m thinking this blog could double as confessions of a caramelholic ;)

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    Sacha posted May 22, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    I’m caramel crazy, too, and love dulce de leche. I have a bookmarked recipe for dulce de leche cheesecake squares that has a chocolate glaze, but I don’t think I’d want it. I’d rather have straight up dulce de leche, and these look gorgeous!!

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    Erica posted May 24, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    I am like you …a huge condensed milk and dulce de leche fan!!!I eat them with a spoon watching television…Those bars look amazing!

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    Molly Galler posted May 29, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Bianca! I am drooling! These look amazing! I agree, Cardullo’s is a total gem. I like their tea selection and of course, the international candies and chocolates.

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    Jeremy posted May 31, 2012 at 4:17 am

    I don’t know how I ended up on this website, but I am glad that I am here. I love cheesecake and I LOVE Dulce de Leche!!!!! I think I am going to surprise my wife and try this recipe this weekend….hopefully, it comes out as good as those tasty pictures above, yum.

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    chica chocolatina posted July 7, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I love to see someone who is in love with the creamy, lusciousness that is dulce de leche as much as I am !

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    Marcie posted November 16, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Dee says it best… these look “delectable” Bianx! Gah! Having a hard time choosing my requests for the party! LOL

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