Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Cookies, Desserts, Fall, Holiday

I like to consider myself a fairly interesting person but when fall arrives I’m as basic as they come! I want to go apple picking, wear flannel, drink lattes with pumpkin flavors in them. And I wanna bake everything I can.

But real life quickly sets in and all my fall-aspirations and goals usually fall by the wayside and I do about one fourth of the activities I actually intend on doing. This fall I’m trying to make things very easy on myself.

For this post, I teamed up with Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk because I looooove their product. I also use sweetened condensed milk A LOT and theirs has such good flavor and texture.

Let’s talk about sweetened condensed milk for a quick second:

Sweetened condensed milk is milk which has water removed and replaced with sugar. Basically it’s milk and sugar—simple!

To make fall baking a bit easier on myself, last week I made two batches of dulce de leche and I have it in the fridge just chilling, ready for all sorts of recipes that I can’t wait to use to add it to.

The first up are these cookie bars that take ONE BOWL. I feel like one bowl things are the saving grace of baking because it means less dishes and less mess and just the sound of it is encouraging.

Also cookie bars are my new found love. There’s no scooping out cookie dough nor is there rolling out dough and stamping it out with a cookie cutter. It’s simply spread in an even layer in a 9×13 pan and baked—that’s it! Also, there are no batches of cookies that need to be baked up. In about 25 minutes, you’ll have all the bars you’ll need.

Dulce de leche can be quite sweet so I like to balance it out with things that complement it like tartness and saltiness.

These bars might look super sweet but they’re actually not at all. The thin cheese cake layer adds a nice tart flavor to it. The creamy dulce de leche is dolloped on top and then swirled. It looks super pretty.

The recipe is a total breeze and I hope it earns its way onto your fall baking to-do list!

How to Make Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Cookie Bars

    1. Make dulce de leche. Of course, you could buy dulce de leche from the can OR from a jar. But you could also make it yourself–it’s super easy.
    2. Beat the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar.
    3. Crack in the eggs, one at a time, and beat until combined.
    4. Pour in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
    5. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined.
    6. Press the cookie dough into the cake pan.
    7. Make the filling. Beat together the cream cheese, sugar, eggs and salt.
    8. Pour the filling on top of the cookie dough. And then, smooth it out.
    9. Drop dollops of dulce de leche on top of the cheesecake mixture. Swirl them around using a toothpick. As a result, it’ll look all marbled and beautiful.
    10. Bake the cookie bars.
    11. Allow them to cool completely. And then lift it out of the pan and slice them. Top with sea salt.

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Cookie Bars Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Serving Size: 12 cookie bars
Calories: 336kcal
These Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Cookie Bars are a deliciously rich and tart all on top of a cookie crust. Super easy and transportable dessert.


Dulce de leche: 

  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

Cookie Base: 

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Cheesecake Topping: 

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • Pinch of salt
  • Sea salt, for topping


To Make the Dulce de Leche:

  • Pour the sweetened condensed milk into a saucepan. Set over medium-low heat and stir continuously, until the condensed milk has gone from white to light caramel color, about 30 minutes. If it at all clumps up, transfer it to the blender or food processor and pulse until smooth.

To Make the Cookie Bars: 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease and line the bottom of the 9x13-inch baking pan with parchment. I like to cut the parchment and leave extra little flaps on the sides so the bars are easy to pull out of the pan. 
  • In the bowl of a stand-up mixer (or in a large bowl with an electric hand mixer), add the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Beat until combined, about 1 minute. Next, crack in the eggs and vanilla extract; mix until combined. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Beat one last time until you no longer see any speckles of flour. Pour the cookie dough into the prepared pan, scraping out as much dough as possible; press the dough, spreading it to the edges with your fingers. Smooth the top as well as you can. 
  • In the same bowl (no need to wash it out, that’s why you scraped it out!), add the cream cheese, sugar, egg and salt. Beat until mostly smooth (it might be a tad bit lumpy and that’s ok!), about 2 minutes. Pour on top of the cookie dough and smooth it out with the spatula into an even layer. 
  • Drop small teaspoons (about 1/3 cup) of dulce de leche onto the cheesecake layer, leaving about an inch between the dollops. Using a butter knife or skewer, swirl the dulce de leche
  • in loopy strokes until the surface is marbled. 
  • Transfer to the oven to bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the surface is only a little jiggly. Allow to cool completely, about an hour, before slicing into rectangles. Top with sprinkles of sea salt. 


Feel free to use store-bought dulce de leche.
Stiff dulce de leche problem:
If your dulce de leche is cold and a bit stiff, it'll have trouble swirling, to combat this issue simply warm it up in the microwave or in a small saucepan until warm.
To Make Ahead:
You can make this up to two days ahead. To do so, make the entire recipe and transfer to the fridge to chill for up to a day. If it's more than a day, I'd suggest slicing it up and storing it in an airtight container.
CuisineAmerican, Christmas, Holiday
Keywordcheesecake, cheesecake cookie bars, cookie bars, dulce de leche cookies, marbled cheesecake
Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 251mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 608IU | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • Reply Maria Gutierrez June 17, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    5 stars
    What do you think of freezing the bars for conservation?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 18, 2019 at 3:50 pm

      Hmm…I think it could work! I’ve just never frozen cheesecake…

  • Reply kiani January 26, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    stirred the condensed milk continuously for 30min as stated. Reduced down to one very sticky blob of caramel. Not sure what I did wrong.

    • Reply kiani January 26, 2018 at 2:59 pm

      I’ve decided I just cooked it way too long, waiting for some color to develop to look like what was in the picture. Mine was fairly white all the way to the bitter caraml end. I added a pat of butter and some milk to bring it to a saucy consistency. Just a heads up for anyone who has a similar problem.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme January 26, 2018 at 3:00 pm

      Stick it in the blender and it’ll puree right up!

  • Reply Erin December 7, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Can you tell me what this pan is? I’m hoping to get one myself, but I could use a recommendation!

  • Reply Katherine Warren November 10, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    I’m making these and the condensed milk started to stiffen and I couldn’t spread it around at all. Did I do something wrong?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme November 10, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      Hi! Hmm…did you try microwaving it. You may just need to warm it up.

  • Reply Teresa October 29, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Finally got around to making these. Very yummy! Thank you. Just a couple notes. First, I forgot about my milk so it burnt & wasn’t salvageable. I found some caramel sauce, added but it didn’t swirl. No worries, I still loved the cookie. however, mine were not what I’d call cookies. They were very soft and cakey. Nevertheless, loved them and they were super easy. Final note, I baked for a full 30 minutes and let it get a little brown.

  • Reply susan snell October 24, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    can I use the Eagle brand caramel. would it do the same thing or not .

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme October 24, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      Yes you absolutely can. If it’s a bit too thick, you can always just warm it in the microwave for 10 seconds or so but it should work like a charm! 🙂

  • Reply Julie October 23, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Oh my are these good. Made them for a dinner party the other night and everyone loved them. I am enjoying a leftover bar right now which is what prompted me to come back and thank you for the great (and SO EASY recipe). Best wishes!

  • Reply Melissa October 14, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    I’m making theses tomorrow for Sunday dinner’s dessert! Can’t wait!

  • Reply James October 11, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    GIMME!!! seriously these look insane!

  • Reply Julie Ann October 11, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Excited to try! Quick question, though – Once cooled and cut, how should these be stored – in the fridge? Thanks!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme October 11, 2017 at 11:23 am

      Hi! I stored them in the fridge in a resealable plastic bag. They lasted about 3 days. 🙂

  • Reply Allison October 11, 2017 at 4:40 am

    These look like heaven!