Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

by foodlikecake

Well, I had never made cheesecake before and I wanted to give it a try. I also wanted to make chocolate cheesecake because plain was a little too boring for me. So out popped these amazing chocolate cheesecake bars. They have a crunchy Oreo crust, a creamy, tangy chocolate cheesecake filling, and a smooth top layer of chocolate ganache. Very chocolatey. I think these chocolate cheesecake bars turned out beautifully- don’t you?

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Ingredients: Oreo Crust

24 whole Oreo cookies

6 tablespoons butter, melted

Chocolate Cheesecake Filling (from here)

12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

24 ounces full-fat cream cheese, room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

3 large eggs, room temperature

1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup sour cream

Chocolate Ganache

8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

1/2 cup heavy cream

Recipe: Oreo crust

Preheat oven to 350F.

Combine the Oreos and the melted butter in a food processor until it makes coarse crumbs. Press into a 8×8 baking dish and bake for 8 minutes.

Cheesecake Filling

Preheat oven to 350F.

Melt chocolate over a double boiler and let cool to room temperature.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Mix in the granulated sugar. Beat in each egg until incorporated. Beat in vanilla extract.

Mix in the chocolate.

Fold in the sour cream until the batter is even. Pour batter into pan.

Bake for about 50 minutes. The cheesecake should be firm, but the middle should be a little wet and wobbly.

Let cool to room temperature and refrigerate at least an hour before spreading the ganache over the top.

Chocolate Ganache

Put chocolate in a small heat-proof bowl.

Bring the heavy cream and butter to a boil and immediately pour over the chocolate. Let stand a few minutes, and then whisk until smooth.

Let cool slightly and then spread over the cheesecake with a off-set spatula.

Return cheesecake to the refrigerator for several hours, or overnight.

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Enjoy!

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