Unicorn Cheesecake Bars Recipe: Fun Dessert For Kids

Unicorn Cheesecake Bars = pure joy. When I showed these to my children, they acted as if they were seeing a real unicorn for the first time. OOOOHs and AHHHHHs filled the room. You want to talk about a playdate showstopper? Let’s do it!

To make Unicorn Cheesecake Bars, you need a little bit of time. I’m not going to lie. This recipe isn’t one you can throw together in 5 minutes. But check out the results!! Totally worth the effort.

Here’s how you break it down.

Unicorn Cheesecake Bars Ingredients:

makes 1 9×13 baking dish

Sugar cookie

  • 1/2 c unsalted sweet cream butter softened
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 C flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Light green, Light Blue, Hot Pink, Yellow, Purple, and Orange Nonpareil’s (bought from Michaels craft stores)
  • 1 9×13 baking dish fitted with parchment paper


  • 3 8oz. cream cheese – softened
  • 1 C sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 C sour cream
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Light green, Light Blue, Hot Pink, Yellow, Purple, and Orange Nonpareil’s (bought from Michaels craft stores)
  • Purple, Pink, and Blue gel color

Unicorn Cheesecake Bars Baking Directions

Sugar Cookie Dough Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  • Pour all the nonpareils into a bowl and mix until combined.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together butter and sugar. Beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
  • Add the dry ingredients all at once and mix for 5 seconds.
  • Mix the dough until the flour is incorporated.
  • Mix in 1/4 C of the nonpareil’s into the cookie dough
  • Using 3/4 of the dough, flatten dough onto the bottom of the baking dish and set aside

Cheesecake directions

  • Using a standing mixer, cream together the cream cheese and sugar
  • Add eggs, one at a time and beat until combined before adding the next egg.
  • Now stir in the sour cream and vanilla
  • Mix until combined.
  • Split batter into 3 bowls and add a few drops of each color into a bowl
  • Spoon 1 tablespoon of each color onto the cookie dough
  • Using the remaining cookie dough, crumble it on top of the cheesecake batter and sprinkle some more of the nonpareil’s
  • Bake 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  • Once timer goes off, turn off the oven and crack the oven door open.
  • Let cool in the oven for 1 hour
  • Place the bars into the fridge to cool for a few more hours or overnight before enjoying.

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