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Easy Chocolate Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Course: Bars, cheesecake, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 9 bars
Calories: 595kcal
Treat yourself to true decadence when you enjoy a rich, flavorful, and creamy Chocolate Cheesecake Bar! Easy to make and impossible to resist, these simple bars are perfect for all chocolate lovers.
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Equipment

Ingredients

For the Oreo Crust

  • 2 cups Oreo cookie crumbs 170 grams
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 57 grams, melted (½ stick)

For the Chocolate Cheesecake Layer

  • ½ cup heavy cream 114 grams, room temperature
  • 8 ounces chocolate 227 grams, finely chopped
  • 24 ounces cream cheese 681 grams, room temperature (3 bricks)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar 150 grams
  • ½ cup sour cream 114 grams, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 4 grams
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder 5 grams, sifted
  • 3 large eggs 150 grams, room temperature

Instructions

For the Oreo Crust

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper and spray it lightly with nonstick baking spray. Set aside.
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  • In a large bowl, combine the Oreo crumbs and melted butter. Stir until the mixture resembles wet sand.
    2 cups Oreo cookie crumbs, 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
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  • Transfer the crust into the prepared baking pan and press it into an even, compact layer.
  • Bake for 5 minutes, then remove the pan to a wire rack to cool while you make the cheesecake layer.
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For the Chocolate Cheesecake Layer

  • Combine the heavy cream and chocolate in a small microwave safe bowl. Heat for 1 minute, then whisk to combine. If the chocolate has not fully melted, microwave for an additional 30 seconds. Set aside.
    ½ cup heavy cream, 8 ounces chocolate
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  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and granulated sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
    24 ounces cream cheese, ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • Add the sour cream, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, and chocolate mixture to the bowl. Mix to combine, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
    ½ cup sour cream, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • With the mixer on low, add the eggs, one at a time, making sure each egg gets fully incorporated into the cheesecake mixture before adding the next.
    3 large eggs
  • Pour the cheesecake over the crust and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until it is fully set in the center and doesn’t jiggle when shaken.
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  • Remove the pan from the oven and allow it to cool to room temperature. Transfer it to the refrigerator to chill (preferably overnight, but at least 6 hours).
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  • Slice and enjoy.

Notes

  • If you want to pinch a penny, you can use off-brand cookies and cream cookies instead of Oreos.
  • If you heat your knife under hot water before each cut, you’ll end up with smoother slices.
  • I like to top the cheesecake bars with a sprinkle of flake sea salt but they are also delicious with whipped cream.
Storage: Store chocolate cheesecake bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 595kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 167mg | Sodium: 271mg | Potassium: 233mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 1524IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 1mg