Carrot Cake Swirled Cream Cheese Bars

 

Is it a carrot cake? Is it a cheesecake? It’s both! This 2-in-1 Easter treat swirls the spiced sweetness of traditional carrot cake with a creamy, smooth cheesecake and just a hint of lemon.

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Carrot Cake Swirled Cream Cheese Bars
Ingredients
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour divided
  • 2 cups sugar divided
  • 1 1/2 tsps McCormick® Cinnamon Ground
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp McCormick® Nutmeg Ground
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs divided
  • 2 tsps McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 cups finely grated carrots
  • 3 packages cream cheese 8 ounces each, softened
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp McCormick® Pure Lemon Extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Mix 1 cup each of the flour and sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt in large bowl. Add oil, 2 of the eggs, vanilla extract and carrots; mix well. Spread 1/2 of the batter into greased and floured 13x9-inch baking pan. Reserve remaining batter. Set aside.

    Beat cream cheese and remaining 1 cup sugar in another large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add milk, remaining 2 tablespoons flour and lemon extract; beat until well blended. Add remaining 2 eggs, 1 at a time, beating on low speed after each addition just until blended.

    Drop spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture and reserved carrot cake batter, alternately, over the carrot cake batter in pan. Cut through several times with knife for marble effect.

    Bake 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack.

Recipe courtesy and reprinted with permission of McCormick.com