Carrot Cake Bars


These carrot cake bars are so moist and delicious! They have a sprinkle of cinnamon and a cheesecake swirl in them. They make a great Easter dessert. If you love carrot cake, I have a carrot cake with caramel frosting recipe that’s to die for.

Ingredients
Carrot Cake Bars

  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded carrots

Cheesecake Swirl

  • 4 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8x8 baking pan with non-stick spray and set aside. Line the pan with parchment paper.


Carrot Cake Bars

  • Place the butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. If needed, microwave another 15 seconds to melt the butter completely.
  • In a medium bowl, add the melted butter and brown sugar. Mix to combine.
  • Stir in the egg and vanilla extract.
  • Add in the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Stir until completely combined.
  • Fold in the shredded carrots. Set aside.


Cheesecake Swirl

  • In a medium bowl, add in the cream cheese and sugar. Beat with a hand mixer until smooth.
  • Add in the egg yolk and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth and creamy.


Assemble

  • Add about half of the carrot cake batter into the pan and spread it out with an off-set spatula.
  • Add half of the cheesecake batter to the carrot cake batter. Do this by dropping dollops of batter over the carrot cake batter. Don’t swirl yet.
  • Add the remaining carrot cake batter on top of the cheesecake batter and around the cheesecake batter.
  • Add the remaining cheesecake batter by adding dollops on top of the carrot cake batter.
  • Using a knife or skewer, swirl the batters together. Swirl as much or as little as you like.
  • Bake for about 35-40 minutes until the edges are golden brown. There will be very little jiggle to the center.
  • Cool completely before cutting. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


Nutrition
Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 220mg | Potassium: 128mg | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 2915IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg

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