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My red velvet obsession has extended once again; this time, I can’t stop thinking about these red velvet cheesecake bars! With a thick, cakey crust and rich creamy topping, these easy treats will fulfill your red velvet craving without costing you the time and energy of whipping up a whole cheesecake. 

stacked red velvet bars with a yellow top of frosting.

Cheesecake with Cake Mix Crust

If you’re a regular reader (or have taken just a quick browse through my blog), you know I love red velvet. It’s rich, unique, and always calls for my other love: cream cheese. And as the name of my blog suggests, I’m a pretty big fan of crust. That’s why I made the soft, doughy crust of these bars extra thick. The distinct taste of red velvet can sometimes be drowned out by the tangy punch of cream cheese, but not this time! 

If you aren’t as gung-ho about red velvet as I am, have no fear; this recipe can be used with any cake flavor.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Endless variations make this recipe perfect for any occasion
  • Using boxed cake mix cuts out unnecessary steps and eliminates potential mistakes
  • Simpler and easier than making a whole cheesecake or even mini cheesecakes, yet just as delicious

Ingredients in Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars 

  • Red velvet cake mix  – or any flavor!
  • Eggs – large, room temperature
  • Butter – unsalted, softened
  • Cream cheese – The cream cheese must be room temperature to avoid lumps in your cheesecake!
  • Sour cream – room temperature is a must to avoid lumps!

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

stacked red velvet bars with a yellow top of frosting.

How to Make Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars

  • Preheat oven: Before you begin baking, preheat your oven to 350°F and prepare a pan with aluminum foil and cooking spray.
  • Create dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the butter, egg, and cake mix with a paddle attachment. Mix them together until the ingredients have formed into a thick cookie dough. Using a hand mixer would work as well for this step, but it will take a bit longer for the dough to form. Press your dough into the bottom of the pan you just prepared.
  • Make topping: Beat the cream cheese until it becomes smooth, then mix in the sugar. Once smooth, add the egg, sour cream, and vanilla extract and beat them together. Stir in your chocolate chips and then pour the mixture over the dough you pressed into the pan. Again, a hand mixer will work for this, but a stand mixer is ideal. 
  • Bake: For 30 to 40 minutes, bake the red velvet cheesecake bars until the cheesecake has started to brown. If it’s still jiggly in the center, don’t worry! It’s supposed to be a bit jiggly. Allow the bars to cool entirely and chill them for at least four hours before slicing. 
stacked red velvet bars with a yellow top of frosting.

Expert Tips

  • Make sure that all of your ingredients are room temperature before mixing. Cold ingredients will make lumps harder to eliminate. 
  • Low-fat cream cheese won’t do the trick in this recipe. Fat makes cheesecake creamier and richer, so don’t be afraid to reach for the original. 


Can I use another cake mix flavor?

Yes! You can use any cake mix you’d like for this recipe.

Does red velvet cheesecake need to be refrigerated?

Yes, you should refrigerate these bars in an airtight container. They should keep for up to five days. 

Can I freeze cheesecake bars?

Yes, you can freeze cheesecake bars for up to a month. 

Stack of Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars Recipe

4.20 from 5 votes
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars with a red velvet crust!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Chill time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Yield 24 bars
Serving Size 1 bar


  • 1 box red velvet cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter softened
  • 8 ounces (226g) cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (61g) sour cream room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Mix butter, egg, and cake mix in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. You can also use a hand mixer but it will take longer. Mix until a thick cookie dough is formed. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Beat cream cheese until smooth. Mix in sugar until smooth. Mix in egg, sour cream, and vanilla and beat until no lumps remain. (Your ingredients MUST be room temperature. A stand mixer does the job best, but a hand mixer will suffice if needed.) Stir in chocolate chips and pour over red velvet mixture.
  • Bake for about 30-40 minutes, until cheesecake starts to brown around the edges and is no longer wet looking (it will still jiggle slightly in the center). Cool completely to room temperature, then chill (4 hours or overnight is best) before slicing into bars.

Recipe Notes

  • Don’t use low fat cream cheese
  • You can use any flavor cake mix
  • Make sure all ingredients are room temperature to avoid lumps.
  • Store bars in refrigerator or freeze in an airtight container.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 188mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on March 22, 2023

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  1. I just love your blog! Just can’t stop looking through all your recipes!
    I do have a few questions,
    When you call for butter can you use margarine?
    Also, do you have to use unsalted in order for the recipe to come out right?

    Please keep up the wonderful work you do!

    Thank you,
    Betty Cox

  2. Food blogger syndrome for sure here!  I usually bake a few weeks ahead of what I am actually posting, but then there are those few things that just have to jump right to the top of the post schedule because they are that amazing!!  And cheesecake bars…yes, totally amazing and I’m so glad you posted them now!!!  I love easy cake mix bars like these too!!!

  3. Omg I love you!!! Well ur kitchen talents and shares lol. Thank you. I am all about red velvet must try indeed again thank you!!!