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Servings: 9

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

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

Other:

  • 1/4 cup chocolate ganache — optional
  • 9 strawberries

Instructions

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 yogurt. 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).

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

Nutrition Information

Calories: 361, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 17g, Cholesterol: 109mg, Sodium: 363mg, Potassium: 272mg, Carbohydrates: 36g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 21g, Protein: 8g, Vitamin A: 925%, Calcium: 100%, Iron: 3%