Frosted Animal Cracker Cheesecake Bars -- These Frosted Animal Cracker Cheesecake Bars consist of funfetti cheesecake with a circus animal cookie crust. Basically, your childhood in cheesecake form! | wearenotmartha.com
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Frosted Animal Cracker Cheesecake Bars

These Frosted Animal Cracker Cheesecake Bars consist of funfetti cheesecake with a circus animal cookie crust. Basically, your childhood in cheesecake form!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Cooling Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Animal Cracker Desserts, Cheesecake Bars, Childhood Desserts
Author: Sues

Ingredients

Frosted Animal Cracker Crust:

  • 1 13oz.bag Frosted Animal Crackers
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Cheesecake Filling:

  • 16 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup rainbow sprinkles

Instructions

Frosted Animal Cracker Crust

  • Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees and line a 9-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil so foil is overhanging on two sides.
  • Lightly coat foil with cooking spray.
  • Place frosted animal crackers in a food processor and pulse until they're finely ground.
  • Add melted butter and pulse until well blended.
  • Put animal cracker crumbs into baking pan and press down into even layer on bottom of pan.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes and then remove from oven.

Cheesecake Filling

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat cream cheese on medium speed for 2-3 minutes, until fluffy.
  • Add sour cream, sugar, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt to bowl and beat until mixture is smooth.
  • Fold in rainbow sprinkles.
  • Pour batter into pre-baked cookie crust and smooth the top with a spatula.
  • Place back in oven for 30-35 minutes, until filling is just set.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for about 30 minutes.
  • Place cheesecake bars in fridge to chill for at least two hours.
  • Use foil overhang to take bars out of pan. Remove foil from bottom and set on cutting board.
  • Slice cheesecake into squares and top with additional frosted animal crackers.