Nutella Swirl Cheesecake Bars

Creamy cheesecake bars on a simple graham cracker crust with a thick Nutella swirl.

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Calling all cheesecake lovers… and Nutella lovers. This sinful recipe was made with YOU in mind. And umm… me too. I had a serious craving for Nutella last week and rather than smearing some on a banana, I swirled it into some cheesecake. I don’t know if I should apologize in advance or not. You’re absolutely going to fall in love with these and your pants are not going to get any looser. Umm, so worth it. Tis the season.

These Nutella cheesecake bars are sinful. So good that they should come with a warning label. They’re creamy, thick, cheesecakey, chocolate-y, and smooth. The perfect ending to a holiday meal. The ideal home-baked gift for all chocolate lovers. Heck, they’re perfect for ANY dessert lover.

And the best part? They’re so simple! Much, much easier than making an entire cheesecake from scratch. All the work is done in the oven as the bars bake and then in the refrigerator as the bars chill. We all have enough going on this time of year (and well, any time of year) that a simple hassle-free dessert is always welcome!

stack of Nutella swirl cheesecake bars on a white plate

You’re only going to need a few easy, cheap ingredients: graham crackers, butter, cream cheese, sugar, egg, vanilla extract, nutella. Yeah, that’s it. 8 ingredients total!

The base of these creamy cheesecake bars is the same graham cracker crust use in my s’mores pie and strawberry cheesecake bars. Grind up some graham crackers, mix them with melted butter and sugar. Press this mixture tightly into a pan and then top with the cheesecake batter.

The hardest part about today’s recipe is swirling the Nutella. Which is, in fact, quite effortless. If you’ve ever eaten Nutella, you know that it is quite hard to work with. So sticky! So thick! So gooey!

Those are all positive things, people. To make the Nutella easy to swirl, you may do 1 of two things. (1) Simply measure 1/3 cup of it into a small bowl and microwave for about 15 seconds. (2) Alternatively, you may sit the entire Nutella container into a large bowl of warm water for about 15 minutes.

The Nutella will be much thinner and easier to swirl using either option.

Nutella swirl cheesecake bars on a white plate

The cheesecake bars take about 30-35 minutes to bake. Be sure not to overbake them. The bars will be very puffy and the edges will be brown.

Let the bars cool at room temperature on a wire rack; the bars will sink back down as they cool. Putting the bars onto a wire rack will allow air to circulate to the bottom of the pan. Once slightly cooled (about 30 minutes) transfer to the refrigerator to cool completely – for at least 3-4 hours (or overnight).

Nutella swirl cheesecake bars in a glass baking dish

Sadly, these cheesecake bars take some planning ahead because of the long chill time. And waiting for them to chill is pure torture! You need them to be sufficiently chilled all the way through the center in order for the bars to cut neatly. As well as taste the best! Warm cheesecake – no thank you.

It is an enormous test of your self control to leave the nutella cheesecake bars alone in the refrigerator as they chill. But trust me – the end result is sooo worth it.

When the mood strikes you for a creamy, cheesecakey, Nutella treat – because let’s face it, that’s often – these cheesecake bars are your answer. I have a feeling this simple, 8 ingredient recipe will be in heavy rotation for the next couple of weeks. I have about 100 occassions to bake for (I need some holiday dresses – any suggestions?) and I know Nutella will always be a crowd pleaser.

stack of Nutella swirl cheesecake bars on a white plate

Plus, look how pretty they are! ♥ Cheesecake may just be my favorite way to eat Nutella now.

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stack of Nutella swirl cheesecake bars on a white plate

Nutella Swirl Cheesecake Bars

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours, 50 minutes
  • Yield: 16 bars
  • Category: Bars
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Creamy cheesecake bars on a simple graham cracker crust with a thick Nutella swirl.



  • 10 full-sheet graham crackers (or 1.5 cups graham cracker crumbs)
  • 6 Tablespoons (90 grams) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup (67 grams) granulated sugar


  • 16 ounces cream cheese (2 standard packages or 450g), softened to room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (100g) Nutella, slightly warmed*


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a 8×8 baking pan with aluminum foil with enough overhang on the sides. Set aside.
  2. Make the crust: Using a food processor or blender, pulverize the graham crackers into a fine crumb. Pour into a medium bowl and mix with melted butter and sugar. Press into the lined pan. Bake for 5 minutes. Allow to cool as you prepare the filling.
  3. Make the filling: Beat cream cheese, egg, sugar, and vanilla extract together with a hand or stand mixer until smooth and creamy, about 3 full minutes. Spoon filling onto the crust. Drop large spoonfuls of Nutella on top of filling and swirl gently with a knife.
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the cheesecake has set up and the edges are lightly browned. The bars will be very puffy, but will sink slightly down as they cool. Allow to cool for 30 minutes at room temperature on a wire rack and then chill in the refrigerator for at least three hours. Lift the foil out of the pan and cut into squares.
  5. Store bars in a covered container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.


  1. Nutella: To make the Nutella easy to swirl, you may do 1 of two things. (1) Simply measure 1/3 cup of it into a small bowl and microwave for about 15 seconds. (2) Alternatively, you may sit the entire Nutella container into a large bowl of warm water for about 15 minutes.
  2. Double Batch: Recipe can easily be doubled and baked in a 9×13-inch pan, baking time will vary – about 45-55 minutes.

Keywords: nutella cheesecake bars


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  1. Laura (Got Chocolate) says:

    8 ingredients! That’s right up my alley for quick AND easy recipes! These Nutella Swirl Cheesecake Bars are absolutely GORGEOUS, Sally! I love the gentle swirls and blended patterns you did. I also love the addition of powdered sugar in the crust to sweetened it up a bit. I bet these bars are melt-in-your-mouth sinful for sure!

    Another brilliant recipe! Good job, Sally! 😀

    1. Thanks Laura! It’s regular sugar in the crust, though I think powdered would be fantastic too! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  2. I am new to this whole cheesecake thing, but anything with Nutella I know will be awesome! I grew on all chocolate desserts and no desserts mixed with any cheese, but recently I have been trying to branch out a little. I think these bars are simply perfect and I love that they are easy!! Great recipe, Sally!

    1. Tieghan, I have no doubt in my mind that you would take cheesecake to a whole other level!

  3. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    Nutella and cheesecake? LOVE!

  4. Oh Sally why must you do this to me right after Thanksgiving? Haha these look delicious! Cheesecake is definitely my favorite dessert, and I imagine that these could also be like s’mores too, which are my second favorite dessert! Chocolate and graham crackers but with cheesecake instead of the marshmallow! Yum. And about the holiday dresses, I strongly suggest looking on I just got my dress there for the upcoming winter semi-formal 🙂

    1. Yeah! Very reminiscent of s’mores, you are right Teresa. I should try to work in some marshmallow next time. I’ll check out express!

  5. Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate says:

    I just made recipe like this the other day except I actually put mashed banana in the crust to pair with the Nutella!

    1. Now that sounds fantastic!!

  6. thesweetestpea says:

    Sally, I have a couple of jars of Cookie spread to use up before the first of the year. Do you think I could swirl the Cookie spread through instead of the Nutella? Ideally, Biscoff cookies would be best for the crust, but I have a box of graham crackers so I’ll be using them.

    1. Yes! That would work wonderfully. I’ve never “melted” cookie butter before so I’m unsure how it will swirl. I’m sure it should be just fine though. Let me know if you try it! I may have to try it myself next.

  7. Yum! I imagine these were heavenly. And totally stomach-ache inducing… the mark of a good dessert. 😉 Loving ^thesweetestpea’s idea for cookie butter! Mmmm, too many delicious dessert combinations and so little time!

    1. If you eat too many – YES – total sugar coma overload. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving Erin!

  8. I would think this is one the kids would want to help with (8+) seems easy and what kid doesn’t like Nutella 😉 as for worrying about calories, why not use lite cream cheese… though on reflection, with all the other ingredients, it might not make that much difference LOL
    Thanks Sally

    1. Light cream cheese would make hardly any difference. 😉 Plus the full fat tastes much better any way! These bars are fantastic because you can cut them super small or large. Small if you’re watching your diet.

  9. Over 100 occasions?! I would definitely go to H&M or Target for some cheap (but cute!) dresses! And there’s always the LBD way of going about it with different colored accessories each time (scarves, etc.)! It will make it a little cheaper at least!!

    1. I was exaggerating. Not 100! But several, yes! I’ll check out H&M. They never disappoint! And I actually love target for their dresses. Great idea Lauren!

  10. Nutella lover – present !

  11. Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    Sally they’re so pretty and it’s hard to say no to Nutella, a buttery graham cracker crust and the tangy cheesecake mixture. Mmmm, so good! My next post involves Nutella swirls! And I just actually bought a fresh jar at the store yesterday. I go through tons of it 🙂

    And yes to nuking it for 15 secs or so, so that it pours easily.


  12. Such pretty swirls! I haven’t made anything with Nutella in far too long, and these bars are really making me miss it!

  13. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

    Oh well these are just genius as all heck Sally! I love the beautiful swirls!

  14. Dang it . . . I knew I should have bought that jar of Nutella that was staring me in the face today at the store. I resisted, but now I’m wishing I didn’t. These look amazing.

    1. It is always hard for me to resist buying Nutella. I commend your self control Jenn!

  15. Mimi @ Culinary Couture says:

    Oh.MY.GOODNESS. All of your flavor combos are pretty fabulous, but THIS. THIS. This goes above and beyond.

    1. Haha! Thanks Mimi. I have to agree. These cheesecake bars blew my mind!

  16. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    I’m in brownie and Nutella heaven! Love the perfect swirl!

  17. These look completely amazing!!!

  18. Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    Gorgeous bars, love the Nutella swirls!

  19. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    A cheesecake nutella hybrid? You found my ultimate weakness, Sally!

  20. These look delicious! Last year I bought a simple black dress at Old Navy, added a silver belt and silver sparkly scarf from Target. It was very festive and I have worn the dress several times with different colored accessories.

    1. LOVE your suggestion for a cute way to dress up a black dress. Thanks Maria! I have a fun pair of red heels that would pair well too.

  21. We definitely share a similar taste in food, we both love cheesecake and both love nutella! It doesn’t get much better. These look amazing!!

    1. Thanks Jaclyn! I know you love these flavors too =)

  22. Oh my God you are a genius!

  23. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says:

    Oh these are fabulous! I love easy cheesecake bars, I can’t get enough of them. Especially with Nutella!

  24. Oh my gosh! This recipe is amazing! Delish!

    1. Thanks Karen! I can tell you love Nutella like I do. 😉

  25. I live in France and Nutella is to the French what peanut butter is to Americans. I made these bars for my husband whose eyes lit up when I told him what it was. His guilty pleasure as a kid was eating Nutella straight out the jar! I didn’t use Graham Cracker as a base but I used a biscuit called Bastogne which is kinda like a Speculoos biscuit.

    Before I forget, the cheesecake was awesome 🙂 I have now tried 2 of your recipes and both with stunning success.

  26. Umm.. (hesitation umm) . Wondering if I should go get a bloch of Philly and Nutella. Ummm.. (delicious umm) yeah probably.

  27. Jennie @themessybakerblog says:

    I can’t think of a time when the mood doesn’t strike for cheesecake/nutella. These are perfection. Pinned.

    1. Haha agreed. Thanks for pinning Jennie!

  28. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) says:

    Anything with nutella wins in my book. These bars are gorgeous, Sally!

  29. Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes says:

    Tis the season indeed! You can’t beat Nutella. I’m so hungry right now it’s not funny…I had yogurt for breakfast and I plan to use that as justification to have some Nutella later!

    1. Life’s all about balance. And you totally deserve that Nutella later. Thanks Jessica!

  30. Darlene Anger says:

    Can these be frozen?

    1. No, my cheesecake bars can’t be frozen.

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