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Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate-cheesecake-bars, triple-chocolate-cheesecake-bars
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Cooling time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours
Servings 20 bars
Author Melissa Sperka

Ingredients

  • Cheesecake bars:
  • 2 cups crushed Oreo cookies about 24 cookies
  • 6 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 3 8 oz blocks cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • Ganache:
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp heavy cream

Instructions

  • Line a 13 x 9 baking pan with foil, lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray. Combine crushed cookies with 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.
  • In a medium-size bowl using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and vanilla, beat well. Add melted chocolate beating until combined.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating just until combined. Stop and scrape the side of the 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 when gently shaken. Turn off oven and leave cheesecake in oven with door 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.