The Best Chocolate Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Chocolate Cheesecake Bars Recipe – rich, creamy and chocolatey chocolate cheesecake, baked in a square dish and cut into the most delicious chocolate cheesecake squares.

Chocolate Cheesecake Bars Recipe- a square slice of chocolate cheesecake, drizzled with ganache, topped with strawberry

Cheesecake is my all time favorite desserts and I also happen to love chocolate. These Chocolate Cheesecake Bars are one of those desserts that you can’t stop eating! And the best part is that – they are extremely easy to make, with just a few simple ingredients. They are perfect for any party or celebration, but also make an amazing every day dessert for chocolate lovers. And my readers love chocolate, don’t you? This Chocolate Mascarpone Cheesecake has been popular lately.

The perfect combination of homemade chocolate graham cracker crust and soft, smooth, rich chocolate cheesecake on top.

Baking cheesecake squares, aka: bars seems to be a lot easier that baking a cheesecake in a springform pan. I’m not a huge fan of springform pans and you know it.

Chocolate Cheesecake Bars Recipe-slices of chocolate cheesecake on white plates

It is so much easier to bake a cheesecake in a square or rectangular clear Pyrex baking dish or any metal square baking pan. I like to line the bottom and sides of the cheesecake baking dishes with parchment paper or aluminum foil for easy removal.

A bite taken into a chocolate cheesecake square, on a white plate.

The crust:

  • I decided to make the crust by using regular honey graham crackers, cocoa powder, melted butter and some sugar. The reason why? I did not have any Oreo cookies at this time. And yes, it is ok to use graham crackers, cocoa powder and butter to make the crust for a chocolate cheesecake.
  • In fact, I have a great chocolate graham cracker crust recipe, which I also use in this Dark Chocolate Tart. It is light, crumby and easy to make. The difference – yeah, the chocolate graham cracker crust is lighter and lacks the rich Oreo flavor, but I love it. Especially, when I don’t have any Oreos in my pantry.

Chocolate Cheesecake Bars Recipe-overhead photo of chocolate cheesecake squares on small white dessert plates

Tips to bake the perfect cheesecake:

  • Bring your ingredients to room temperature (eggs, cream cheese, yogurt).
  • Beat on lower speed to reduce the amount of air bubbles that you produce.
  • When you add melted chocolate to a cheesecake batter, make sure it is properly melted and cool to the touch, this way it can easily be incorporated into the batter. Use good quality chocolate.
  • Add the eggs (room temperature) one at a time and beat on low speed until incorporated. Add them last. Don’t over beat, because there is a chance to ruin the texture of your cheesecake.
  • These is no need to use a water bath to bake these easy chocolate cheesecake bars. Bake at a lower temperature, around 290-300 F for 60-70 minutes and you shouldn’t have any issues.

Chocolate cheesecake toppings:

  • chocolate ganache
  • fresh fruit
  • chocolate shavings
  • chocolate sprinkles
  • whipped cream

Adding sour cream or Greek yogurt to cheesecake:

  • Why add sour cream or even Greek yogurt to cheesecakes – I do it all the time, but I’ve seen people question this and be surprised.
  • Sour cream/Greek yogurt adds an amazing flavor to cheesecakes, some zing and it tastes even better in combination with chocolate.

To cut the perfect chocolate cheesecake bars, I use a large sharp knife and wipe it with a towel, after each cut, this way the edges of the cheesecake slices will stay clean.

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Chocolate Cheesecake Bars Recipe- a square slice of chocolate cheesecake, drizzled with ganache, topped with strawberry
Chocolate Cheesecake Bars Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins

Chocolate Cheesecake Bars Recipe - rich and creamy cheesecake squares, loaded with dark chocolate flavor, with a homemade graham cracker crust, topped with chocolate ganache and strawberries. The best, easy to make chocolate cheesecake bars!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9
Calories: 361 kcal
For the chocolate graham cracker crust:
  • 12 graham crackers regular, not chocolate, about 1 2/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder not Dutch processed
  • 1 tbsp sugar optional
  • 5 tbsp butter unsalted, melted
For the chocolate cheesecake:
  • 16 oz cream cheese regular, not light, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 oz 70% cocoa dark chocolate melted, cooled for 5 minutes
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder not Dutch processed
  • 2/3 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 2 eggs large, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup chocolate ganache optional
  • 9 strawberries
For the chocolate graham cracker crust:
  1. Place graham crackers in a food processor and pulse until fine crumbs.

    In a bowl, combine graham crackers, cocoa powder, sugar (optional) and butter. Mix with a spatula to combine.

  2. Preheat oven to 325F.

    Press mixture to the bottom of a 9x9 -inch square baking dish.

    Bake for 8 minutes. Cool completely.

    Reduce oven temperature to 290-300 F.

For the chocolate cheesecake:
  1. Beat together cream cheese and sugar for 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and the bottom of the bowl. Add cocoa powder and beat to combine. Add the melted chocolate and mix for 1 minute.

    Add the eggs and beat on low speed, until incorporated.

  2. Pour the cheesecake mixture on top of the cooled crust, smooth the top with a spatula. 

    Bake the cheesecake for 60-70 minutes, until the top is set, but still a little wiggly. Turn the oven off and leave the cheesecake to cool inside for 30-60 minutes (optional, but prevents cracks).

  3. Remove from the oven and cool completely at room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

    Cut into 9 squares. Drizzle with chocolate ganache (optional). Top each square with a strawberry (optional).

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Cheesecake Bars Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 361 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 49%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Sodium 363mg 15%
Potassium 272mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 21g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 18.5%
Calcium 10%
Iron 16.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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