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Ricotta Crumb Bars

  • Author: Olga's Flavor Factory
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 36 bars 1x
  • Category: Sweets


These Ricotta Crumb Bars are really tender, creamy and soft. They have a sandy, buttery crust and topping, with a sweet cheese filling.



Crust/Crumb Mixture:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (12 Tablespoons) butter, plus 1 Tablespoon for greasing the baking dish (room temperature)


  • 2 cups ricotta cheese (1 lb)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease the bottom and sides of a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with 1 Tablespoon of butter.
  2. In a food processor, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Pulse a few times to combine. Add the butter, in 1 Tablespoon pieces to the flour and pulse to combine, until the butter is dispersed in the flour and is a crumbly texture with pea sized butter pieces throughout.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix the ricotta cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla until thoroughly combined. 
  4. Put 2/3 of the flour mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish and firmly press it into the bottom of the dish.
  5. Pour the cheese mixture over the crust and sprinkle the remaining flour mixture over the top of the ricotta filling.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes. Let the bars cool for 10 minutes before cutting them into pieces.
  7. They will be very delicate and tender, so be gently when you are handling them. Store at room temperature, covered.


If you want the crust to have a more buttery and shortbread cookie consistency, not as crumbly add more butter. You can use about 1/4 – 1/3 cup more butter and the crust will not be as crumbly.

Keywords: Ricotta Crumb Bars, Cheesecake Crumb Bars, Ricotta cheese dessert