Matcha Swirl Cheesecake Bars

by Erin

The naturally cool green color of these matcha swirl cheesecake bars comes from the use of real matcha and is made with a chocolate Oreo crust. 

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I’ve wanted to make a matcha cheesecake for a long time, so when my matcha-loving friend Stephanie got married in Chicago two weekends ago, I knew exactly what to make to help celebrate the occasion (they’re a matcha made in heaven) – matcha swirl cheesecake bars!

However, I didn’t end up taking photos of it (blogger fail) so I made them again the following weekend just for fun, which means now my coworkers will enjoy it as well. The matcha flavor is subtle but I always dig a good swirl topped cheesecake. It’s bascially a Matcha Latte in cheesecake form.

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The second time I made these matcha swirl cheesecake bars I took my eye off it for a minute too long and the top browned more than I would have liked but instead of baking it a third time I just went with it because there’s nothing wrong with it or the recipe – it’s not you (recipe), it’s me.

I have a bad habit of getting distracted while multitasking in the kitchen and it often cause for mistakes such as this. Thankfully this scenario was more aesthetic than anything. Besides, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, right?

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Yield: 16 Servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat



  • 8 oz. (approximately 16) whole Oreos, finely ground in food processor
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted


  • 2 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp matcha tea powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9-inch square baking pan* with parchment paper, leaving overhang on opposite sides, and lightly grease. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine cookie crumbs and melted butter until crumbs are evenly moistened. Press evenly into prepared pan. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until set. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  3. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, yogurt, sugar, flour, and vanilla until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating on low speed just until blended.
  4. Remove 1/2 cup plain batter and place in small bowl. Into the remaining batter, whisk in the matcha until well incorporated. Spoon matcha batter into crust and top with spoonfuls of reserved plain batter. Cut through batters with knife several times for marble effect.
  5. Bake 40-45 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool completely on wire rack. Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight before serving.


*You could also bake this in a greased 9-inch pie or springform pan

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Source: Adapted from my Nutella Swirl and Red Velvet Layer Cheesecake Bars.

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Hannah Green August 1, 2019 - 7:11 pm

Cheesecake is my favorite dessert! And I am just getting into matcha, so would be interesting to try! Love how you include recipes from around the web too!

spiffycookie August 2, 2019 - 1:47 pm

Dang I wish I knew I would have saved you a piece! Next time ;-)

Julie Menghini July 30, 2019 - 10:21 pm

What a delicious looking dessert!

spiffycookie August 1, 2019 - 7:40 am

Thanks Julie!

Karen July 30, 2019 - 10:07 pm

These look fine to me! They sound delicious too.

spiffycookie August 1, 2019 - 7:41 am

Thanks Karen!

Dorothy Reinhold July 30, 2019 - 9:31 pm

I love this idea! I think the subtle flavor will be perfect!

spiffycookie August 1, 2019 - 7:41 am

I know some people don’t like matcha but I think they would still enjoy these!

Wendy Klik July 30, 2019 - 8:35 pm

I still haven’t jumped onto the matcha band wagon but these bars are really tempting me.

spiffycookie August 1, 2019 - 7:42 am

You should! I actually haven’t ever had matcha tea itself but I do enjoy the color it adds to baked goods.


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