Mar292010

Layered Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Layered Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

I think I’ve found the most decadent chocolate dessert ever. Over a lazy weekend last fall I was doing a search over at Food Network and this was on the front page. On a whim I decided to give it a shot because wow, that’s a lot of chocolate and I needed to try it!

So they were originally called Chocolate Cheesecake Candy Cane Bars. But here’s the thing: I’m not terribly crazy about hard candy — and especially candy canes — crunched up on top of softer desserts. I like them on their own if I’m in the mood, but otherwise no, leave my desserts alone!

So I substituted chopped walnuts instead and I can’t imagine these with anything else. I really don’t think the candy cane would have worked as well unless you added a touch of peppermint extract to the top layer, but honestly even that I think would be overdoing it.

I think I’d also add just a touch more melted butter to the crushed Oreo crust because it crumbled more than I’d like after it was baked.

My two nine-year-olds helped me with the pictures (as you can imagine, it was nearly a fight to the death over who would get to take which shots, but as you can see it all worked out in the end. :) )

Layered Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

I didn’t take a picture of the crushed Oreos but a bowl of chocolate works. This is added to the cream cheese/sour cream mixture in the next picture:

Layered Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

I was so happy when I read that the recipe called for sour cream — I love cheesecakes with sour cream. Don’t mind the messy counter in the background – it was grocery day.

Layered Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

The processed cheesecake mixture was very thick and gloppy and heavenly and delicious.

Layered Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

The chocolate topping. Need a closer look?

Layered Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

That’s better.

Layered Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

After the cheesecake bakes you drizzle the chocolate topping on while the cheesecake is still warm. Let the whole thing cool down a bit more before putting it in the fridge and then let it stay in there until it’s completely chilled and set through.

My top chocolate layer cracked a bit after sitting in the fridge but of course that didn’t affect the taste at all!

Layered Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Now that is a thing of chocolate beauty. The foil lining the pan makes it extremely easy to lift the whole thing out for cutting, and then it plops back into the pan with no problem when you’re done.

Layered Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Want some? :D

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