These easy chocolate cheesecake bars are so decadent and a chocolate lovers dream come true!
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Easy Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

These easy chocolate cheesecake bars feature an oreo cookie crust, creamy chocolate cheesecake filling, and chocolate ganache! So decadent and a chocolate lovers dream come true! Preheat your oven and get ready for this to become one of your favorite dessert recipes!

These easy chocolate cheesecake bars are so decadent and a chocolate lovers dream come true!

Chocolate Cheesecake Bars Recipe

I love cheesecake almost as much as I love chocolate, so this recipe for easy chocolate cheesecake bars was inevitable!

I used my Ultimate Chocolate Cheesecake recipe as a starting point for this recipe. Why? Because honestly, that recipe is completely foolproof so I didn’t want to change anything that didn’t need changing. If you’ve baked it, you know what I mean! The chocolate cookie crust is delightfully crispy and makes the perfect base. And the chocolate cheesecake filling is rich, creamy, and so decadent. So why transform the recipe into bar form? That’s an easy one! I did this for those of you who don’t own a springform pan, and don’t feel like buying more stuff. I also did this for all of my baking pals who loathe the water bath process. Which I’ve learned from feedback… is A LOT of you!

These easy chocolate cheesecake bars are so decadent and a chocolate lovers dream come true!

These chocolate cheesecake squares are also easier to share with a crowd, making them perfect for large group celebrations!

These easy chocolate cheesecake bars are so decadent and a chocolate lovers dream come true!

Tips and Tricks for Recipe Success

Ingredients:

  • Room temperature ingredients are crucial when it comes to making any cheesecake – including these chocolate cheesecake bars! So be sure you bring your cream cheese, eggs, egg yolks, and heavy cream to room temperature before you begin assembling the batter.
  • You can use any full-fat brand of cream cheese, but I love Philadelphia Cream Cheese blocks (it’s the Philly girl in me lol).
  • To make the chocolate cookie crust you will need two ingredients: melted butter and Oreo cookies. You do not need to remove the cream from the center of the cookies. 
  • And be sure you use classic Oreo cookies, not double stuff or any of the new flavors.
  • I suggest using high-quality chocolate, such as Lindt.

These easy chocolate cheesecake bars are so decadent and a chocolate lovers dream come true!

Assembly:

  • To make the cookie crumbs, place the cookies in a food processor and pulse until finely crushed.
  • You can make the cheesecake mixture in a food processor, high-power blender, or stand mixer. Or in a large bowl using a handheld electric mixer. So many options! Whatever appliance you use, be sure you really blend the cream cheese before adding the other ingredients.
  • To prevent the crust from sticking, you will need to line your 9×13-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Be sure there’s an overhang of at least 2 inches on each side of the prepared pan. This will help you remove the bars from the pan later.
  • When pressing the crust into the bottom of the pan, press it down very firmly. A firmly packed crust will bake up thick and won’t crumble when sliced.
  • Start to press the crumbs down in the center of the pan and then work the crust out and a little bit up the edges.
  • As for the chocolate, it will be melted and slightly cooled, 5 minutes should do the job. I give instructions for the double-broiler method, but you can also use the microwave.

Baking Cheesecake:

  • The crust is pre-baked for 10 minutes. Cool the crust a bit before you pour the cheesecake filling on top.
  • Don’t over bake! The cheesecake should be a little jiggly in the middle when you remove the pan from the oven. It will continue to cook as they cool.

These easy chocolate cheesecake bars are so decadent and a chocolate lovers dream come true!

Cooling:

  • These chocolate cheesecake squares require 4 hours of chill time, so plan ahead time wise! But the good news? They’ll keep, stored in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days.

How to Make Chocolate Ganache

  • The final step is the chocolate ganache, which is insanely easy to make! Simply combine chopped chocolate with warm cream and stir. Does it get any easier than that?!
  • P.S. The ganache is delicious, but totally optional. These bars are so decadent on their own they don’t even need the ganache. However die hard chocolate fans (like me) will probably opt to use it! It also makes the bars extra pretty, which is great for special occasions. You could also top with whipped cream.

These easy chocolate cheesecake bars are so decadent and a chocolate lovers dream come true!

How to Freeze Chocolate Cheesecake Bars:

  • There are two ways to freeze these chocolate cheesecake bars! The first is to allow the bars to cool completely, then wrap the whole slab in a few layers of saran wrap (or aluminum foil) and freeze. The second is to cool completely, slice into bars, and wrap each bar in a few layers of saran or aluminum foil and freeze.

Next time you have a chocolate craving, whip up a batch of these easy chocolate cheesecake bars! You won’t regret it.

These easy chocolate cheesecake bars are so decadent and a chocolate lovers dream come true!

More Cheesecake Bars Recipes:

  • Oreo Cheesecake Bars

If you try this recipe for Easy Chocolate Cheesecake Bars, please let me know what you think! Leave a comment below, and don’t forget to snap a pic and tag it #bakerbynature on instagram! Seeing your creations seriously makes my day ♥

These easy chocolate cheesecake bars are so decadent and a chocolate lovers dream come true!

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Easy Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

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Yield 12 bars

Easy chocolate cheesecake bars are rich, creamy, and so decadent! You can make these up to two months in advance and store them in your freezer! 

Ingredients

For the Chocolate Cookie Crust:

  • (1) regular full-size package Oreo cookies, crushed into fine crumbs (36 sandwich cookies in total)
  • 8 tablespoons (4 ounces) unsalted butter, melted

For the Chocolate Cheesecake Filling:

  • 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 and 1/2 pounds (24 ounces) full-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (7 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1 and 7/8 ounces) light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 4 large eggs plus 2 egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) heavy cream, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Ganache (optional):

  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) heavy cream

Instructions

For the Chocolate Cookie Crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil, allowing two of the sides to overlap (you want an overhang of at least 2-inches on two sides) and spray lightly with nonstick baking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the crushed cookie crumbs and melted butter, mix well to combine.
  3. Press the mixture into the bottom – and slightly up the sides – of the prepared pan.
  4. Bake the crust in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove the crust from the oven and set aside on a cooling rack until needed.
  5. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees (F).

For the Chocolate Cheesecake Filling:

  1. Fill a medium pot one-third full with water and bring it to a low simmer over medium heat. Place a heatproof bowl that will fit on top of the pan snugly, but will not touch the simmering water, on top of the pan. Reduce the heat to low and add the chopped chocolate into the bowl over the pot. Heat until the chocolate is completely melted, stirring occasionally with a silicon spatula. Remove the pot from the heat, leaving the bowl of chocolate over the hot water. Set aside until needed.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor (or high-powered blender), pulse the cream cheese until completely smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed, about 2 minutes. Add in both sugars and cocoa powder and beat smooth. Add in the eggs, egg yolks, and heavy cream and mix until just combined, about 20 seconds. Fold in the chocolate. Finally add in the vanilla and pulse for another 20 seconds.
  3. Remove the bowl from the food processor and, using a rubber spatula, stir the filling several times to ensure it’s evenly blended. 
  4. Scrape the filling over the partially baked crust in the prepared pan.
  5. Bake the cheesecake for 30 minutes, or until the center of the cake is set but still slightly jiggly. The cake will set completely as it cools.
  6. Remove the cake from the oven and  place the pan on a wire rack. Carefully loosen the foil, then immediately run the tip of a knife around the sides of the pan, to prevent the top from cracking. Cool completely (in the pan), then transfer cheesecake to the refrigerator to chill for at least 4 hours before removing from the pan and slicing. 

For the Chocolate Ganache (optional):

  1. Add chopped chocolate to a medium bowl; set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium-heat, bring the cream to a rolling simmer. Pour the cream on top of the chocolate pieces and set aside for 1 minute. With a whisk, begin to incorporate the melted chocolate into the cream, whisking until smooth and glossy.
  3. Set aside, at room temperature, until needed.
  4. Pour ganache over cooled cheesecake. Set aside until ganache is set, about 1 hour.
  5. To serve, slice the cheesecake with a thin-bladed sharp knife, wiping the knife clean between each cut.
  6. Store, loosely covered, in the refrigerator, for up to 5 days. 

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