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These cream cheese carrot cake bars have a rich cream cheese swirl, making this carrot cake dessert recipe an indulgent treat for Easter or spring parties!
There are a few special people in our family who LOVE carrot cake. It’s one of the desserts we don’t think to make often, but when we do, we remember how much we love it!
Today we’re taking two of our favorite desserts: carrot cake and cheesecake. We’re swirling them together into one delicious dessert recipe. Cream Cheese Carrot Cake Bars! These are perfect for Easter or a spring picnic.
Nearly every grocery store stocks carrots all year long, so it can make us wonder why they’re associated with spring. A bit of Googling gives us the answer. As it turns out, carrots are in season two times each year; late spring and late fall.
In warm weather zones, spring carrots are ready for harvesting in April. This makes them perfect to use in Easter recipes! Roasted Carrots pair really well with an Easter ham or lamb. When the topic of Easter dessert comes up, carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is the first thought of most people.
Since my recipe for carrot cake has already been shared here, cream cheese carrot cake bars are the next best thing!
My recipe for plain carrot cake bars starts with a cake mix, making them quick and easy to make. Because this is a scratch recipe, it takes a bit longer to make these cream cheese carrot cake bars. You won’t regret spending a few extra minutes, though!
These cream cheese carrot cake bars are buttery and chewy, similar to the texture of blondies. In the middle of the bars is a swirl of sweetened cream cheese, bringing creamy texture and a rich taste.
Making the batter for these bars couldn’t be easier. We’re using a simple one-bowl method.
In another bowl, you’ll combine the ingredients for the cream cheese swirl. It’s not cheesecake batter; it’s more like sweetened cream cheese. An egg yolk is added in for structure.
After you make the batter for the carrot cake bars, you’ll spread it into a baking pan. Then, you’ll place dollops of the cream cheese mixture on top. The fun part is using a knife to swirl the batters together. Then, it’s time to bake the cream cheese carrot cake bars!
As long as they are tightly wrapped, the carrot cake bars can be frozen for up to 3 months. If you won’t be freezing them, store the bars in a covered container in the refrigerator and use within 5 days.