Committing to baking a beautiful cheesecake and having the patience to let it cool properly so it doesn’t crack can be a challenge. These cheesecake bars don’t require a special baking pan and only take about an hour to make and bake. Let them cool a couple of hours, then stow in the fridge. They’re an excellent treat to make ahead, and when you’re ready to serve them, cut them into cute 1-inch squares or make the bars larger if you want a more substantial dessert.
Game plan: Slicing these bars perfectly can be difficult. Watch the CHOW Test Kitchen’s Lisa Lavery demonstrate a technique for how to get a perfect cake slice here—it works beautifully for cheesecake, too.