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Guest Post - Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Servings 16 -20
Author Melissa Sperka

Ingredients

  • Cheesecake bars:
  • 2 cups crushed Oreo cookies about 24 cookies
  • 6 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 cups semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 24 ounces cream cheese 3 8 ounce bars softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • For ganache:
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon heavy cream

Instructions

  • Line a 9 x 13 baking pan with foil, lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray. Combine crushed Oreo cookies with melted butter until all crumbs are moistened. Press crumb mixture into bottom of prepared pan. Set aside.
  • Place 1 cup chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Heat on high in microwave for 45 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir until chocolate is completely melted. Heat an additional 15 seconds if needed. Let cool.
  • Cream cream cheese until smooth. Add in sugar and vanilla, beat well. Add cooled chocolate and beat again until combined. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating just until combined. Make sure to scrap down sides of bowl.
  • Spoon cheesecake mixture over prepared crust and smooth to edges. Bake in a preheated 325°F oven for 40-45 minutes, until only center of cheesecake jiggles. Turn off oven and leave cheesecake in oven with door to oven cracked for 1 hour.
  • After 1 hour, remove cheesecake to rack to cool completely before refrigerating. Let cheesecake chill for 1 hour before adding decorative ganache.
  • To make ganache:
  • Place chocolate chips and cream in a microwave safe bowl. Heat on high for 1 minute. Let chocolate rest for 5 minutes before stirring. Stir until completely smooth. Let cool.
  • Spoon ganache into a pastry bag fitted with a #3 tip or you can use a plastic freezer bag with a small hole cut out of one corner. Drizzle chocolate ganache over cheesecake in any design. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours to completely chill before slicing.