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Triple-Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

What could be better than a brownie crust layered with chocolate cheesecake and topped with chocolate ganache? These cheesecake bars will satisfy even the biggest chocolate lovers out there. —Andrea Price, Grafton, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • CHEESECAKE LAYER:
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • GANACHE:
  • 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 13x9-in. pan with foil, letting ends extend up sides; grease foil. In a microwave, melt butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Stir in sugar, cocoa and vanilla. Add egg; blend well. Add flour, baking powder and salt; stir just until combined. Spread into a thin layer into prepared pan. Bake until top appears dry, 6-8 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Beat in cooled chocolate chips. Add beaten eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Spread over brownie layer. Bake until filling is set, 25-30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack.
  • For ganache, place chocolate chips in a small bowl. In a saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; let stand 5 minutes. Stir with a whisk until smooth. Stir in vanilla; cool slightly, stirring occasionally. Pour over cheesecake layer; cool in pan on a wire rack 1 hour. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Lifting with foil, remove brownies from pan. Cut into bars.
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  • Nutrition Facts
    1 bar: 180 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 81mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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    • DDPLoeches
      May 3, 2020

      Fantastic! So creamy and chocolate-y. It makes me want to put it in a springform pan, double all ingredients for the cream cheese layer, and make it a full-fledged cheesecake. It's a good thing it needs to be refrigerated; if it sat on the counter, I'd be in trouble. Yum!

    • Leslie
      Dec 6, 2019

      These cheesecake bars were so delicious! I made them for Thanksgiving and they were gobbled up in no time! They are now going to be a part of my dessert repertoire! Thank you, Andrea for your Grand Prize winning recipe!!!

    • krindfleisch
      Nov 10, 2019

      Delicious ... Rich and decadent. A chocolate lovers dream. I added a scoop of vanilla ice cream. So good!

    • Andrea
      Aug 19, 2019

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