Cinnamon Spice Cheesecake Bars {with oatmeal cookie crust}

These Cinnamon Spice Cheesecake Bars have a hint of cinnamon and a whole lot of amazing Oatmeal Cookie Crust!

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I have a slight addiction to coffee creamer. And by slight, I mean major. Right now I have 4 different flavors in my refrigerator. And I’m the only one that drinks coffee.

I just can’t help myself; whenever I see new flavors pop up at the store I have to try them. I think it stems from the fact that my mom would never buy anything marked “new” until I’d tried it first. I tried to reason with her that how would I try it if she wouldn’t buy it, but that never worked. She’d just send me over to my friend Carrie’s house. Carrie’s mom bought alllllll the new products. Whenever I went to her house, I could count on trying at least three new kinds of cereal. Then I’d go home and convince my mom to buy it for me.

Sometimes, it actually worked. Other times, my mom just shook her head no. So, I think that’s where my obsession with buying new flavors of things comes from.

And I think “new” and “seasonal” go hand in hand. I love seasonal flavors of pretty much anything. Candy, cookies, and, of course, coffee creamer.

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Have you seen the newest seasonal addition to the Cofffee-mate family? It’s called Spiced Latte. And it’s one of the four bottles in my fridge. Among the other bottles are their seasonal Pumpkin Spice, and a Sugar-Free Sweet Cream (my absolute favorite). As soon as we hit November I’m stocking up on Peppermint Mocha. I hoard that flavor!

I don’t think it’s quite fair that the seasonal flavors end in December. It makes me sad for January. January doesn’t get any special flavors. Neither does the rest of the year, except maybe Easter. I want my Peppermint Mocha all year long, darn it!

Anyway, one of the reasons I have an abundance of coffee-mate in my refrigerator is because I love to bake with it.

Yeah. I just said bake with it. You know you don’t just have to use coffee creamer in your coffee, right? And once you make something with coffee creamer once, your whole world opens up with possibilities.

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Cheesecake. Cookies. Ganache. Poke Cakes. ALL can be made with coffee creamer! And all the flavor profiles can change depending on what flavor creamer you use.

Want a peppermint poke cake? Use Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer. Want a flavored ganache? Use Pumpkin Spice. Want a new amazing flavor cheesecake bar? Use the Spiced Latte!

I love a good cheesecake bar. I feel like making a 9″ square pan of cheesecake is so much easier than making a whole springform pan. It’s easier to slice and it’s easier to give away in the smaller, more manageable pan size. And one of my favorite things to do is flavor the cheesecake with coffee creamer.

The Spiced Latte coffee creamer has a rich cinnamon spice flavor that is perfect for the holidays. When I smelled it, the first thing I thought of was a good oatmeal cookie. Which led me to the crust for these cheesecake bars: Iced Oatmeal Cookies. You know the ones, from the grocery store? Name brand or generic, it doesn’t matter. They form a fabulous crust!

The cheesecake is filled with the coffee creamer and some additional cinnamon for an extra kick. These bars are served cold (or slightly room temperature) but they almost warm you from the inside with their cinnamon spice warmth!

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So what are you waiting for? Go get some Coffee-mate seasonal flavored coffee creamer. Then make cheesecake bars!

{Hint: sub out whatever flavor you want for the Spiced Latte in the recipe. Do the same with the crust: sub out your favorite cookie! You can make hundreds of bars just by changing out those two ingredients!}

Cinnamon Spice Cheesecake Bars {with oatmeal cookie crust}

Cinnamon Spice Cheesecake Bars {with oatmeal cookie crust}

Ingredients

    For the Crust:
  • 16 Iced Oatmeal Cookies (slightly over 2 cups)
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • For the Cheesecake
  • 2 - 8 ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature (I used low-fat)
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sour cream, room temperature (I used low-fat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup Coffeemate Spiced Latte coffee creamer (or your favorite flavor), room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Whipped cream and cinnamon, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9x9” square pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Stir cookie crumbs and melted butter in a medium sized bowl with a fork. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and sour cream and beat until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl a few times. I beat mine at speed 4 on my KitchenAid and it gets out the lumps in just a few minutes. Mix in the vanilla and cinnamon, then add the cornstarch and coffee creamer and mix until smooth.
  4. Note: be sure all your ingredients are room temperature to avoid lumps! You can use a hand mixer but it is harder to get rid of the lumps.
  5. Pour carefully into prepared pan. Bake for about 30 minutes, until cheesecake is no longer glossy on top and just starts to brown. It should still wiggle a little in the center. Let come to room temperature, then cover and chill overnight before cutting. Serve with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon, if desired. Store in refrigerator.
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Comments

  1. Mmm…I used to go to 7-11, grab those little coffee creamers and down them like shots. For reals. Your cheesecake bars look beautiful, Dorothy! And I’m loving the cinnamon spice & oatmeal flavour combo, yum!

  2. Brilliant!

  3. These look really good! I will take one for dessert tonight please :) I think the story about your mom is funny. Growing up I always wanted to hang xmas lights outside, but my dad said no. Now… guess what? We have the most lights in the neighborhood. I blame it on being the youngest child :)
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  4. I’m with you. I want peppermint mocha’s all year long! My fave :) But also I reeeeeally love cinnamon. These look fantastic, Dorothy!
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  5. Your bars are so pretty Dorothy! And this creamer – okay I confess that bc I am so in love with the pumpkin spice, I havent even tried this one. I need to though! And I need one or many of your bars. Pinnned!

  6. You are going to kill me, but I have never had coffee creamer of any kind. I am just not a coffee girl. Well, I did make a chocolate latte that was insanely awesome, but that is about it.
    Anyway, these bars look awesome and the flavors together? YUM!! I have go go buy some coffee creamer now!
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  7. I didn’t know that you could put creamer into so many baked goods! I have only ever used it in coffee! This is must try!
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  8. These look incredible, Dorothy! :)
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  9. You’re lucky that your family hasn’t discovered that a little bit of flavored creamer makes yummy flavored milk!

  10. Well what do you know, that creamer is in my coffee right now. It will soon be in my cheesecake bars too.
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  11. Love this idea! I’m not usually a creamer-in-my-coffee kind of girl, but this time of year when all the great flavors come out I wish I was. I like the idea of using the creamer in a cheesecake!
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  12. These looks so. freakin’.good. I have a whole bunch of creamer in my fridge that I never use (husbands buy the weirdest things when unattended at the grocery store) and now I know where it’s going. Cheesecake is my favorite food ever…these make me one happy girl!

  13. Totally need to make these this weekend – yummy!
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  14. Love the flavor of these!! And your pictures are super enticing
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  15. I love cheesecake and I love cinnamon :D So I really have to try this combination once :)
    Thanks for showing!
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  16. Cheesecake and oatmeal crust?! Delicious!!
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  17. These look Ah-Maze-Ing! Drooling on my keyboard right now
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  18. Your bars are seriously some of my favorites!! I want to consume the entire pan of these. Can I? Can I?? :)

  19. I have a serious coffee creamer issue too. Now combined that with a coffee creamer sale and I really can’t stop myself. Since last year I actually start freezing my creamers. The consistency doesn’t change and I can have my favorite seasonal creamers for a very long time. :)

  20. Being new to the world of coffee, I’ve actually never tried creamer! Is the taste very different from milk (other than the special mix-in flavors like peppermint, pumpkin, or spice)? Either way, you’re really creative to bake with it, and your cheesecake bars look and sound amazing! I love the little sprinkle of cinnamon you added; it’s the cutest perfect touch. :)
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  21. These look delicious, I love anything cheesecake!
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  22. Coleen Thompson says:

    I just used Pumpkin Spice coffee creamer to make French Toast. It was AWESOME! These cheesecake bars sound wonderful! I will definitely give them a try soon!

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