Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Bars

Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Bars! Try saying that 5 times fast. Even though it’s a mouthful to say, they are a mouthful of flavor when you take a bite! These cheesecake bars are loaded with sweet cherries that are swirled into a creamy filling and sitting on top of a chocolate crust. Drizzle them with a dark chocolate ganache before serving and then you have a match made in heaven.

The sweet, fruity flavor of the cherries pairs perfectly with the rich chocolate. In every bite, you get a rich, dark chocolate explosion brightened and highlighted by a creamy, cherry filling. No food coloring is needed here, as the bars will take on a natural pink color from the cherries. Perfect for a Valentine’s Day treat if you ask me! Or any day, actually, because these Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Bars don’t need to be confined to just V-Day because of their sweet pink color! They are equally as delicious for any occasion.

One thing that I love about these cheesecake bars is how they are surprisingly simple to make. You don’t have to worry about a water bath or the top of the cheesecake cracking, because you are going to be pouring chocolate all over these lovely bars anyways! You whip them up a day or so in advance, let them cool on the countertop before popping them in the refrigerator to set for at least a few hours. How much easier can it get? When you’re ready for dessert, bring them out, cut them up and drizzle them with dark chocolate ganache. You will get a round of applause, even if it’s just from yourself! 🙂

Whether you need a date night dessert for two (with leftovers!), a dessert to feed a crowd, or something sweet for a special occasion, these Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Bars will not disappoint!

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Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Bars

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These cheesecake bars are loaded with sweet cherries that are swirled into a creamy filling and sitting on top of a chocolate crust. Drizzle them with a dark chocolate ganache before serving and then you have a match made in heaven.

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes baking, 4 hours cooling
  • Total Time: 5 hours, 20 minutes
  • Yield: 9-12 servings

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 3 cups finely crushed chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs (about a 15 oz package of Oreos, for example)
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter

For the filling:

  • 4 – 8oz packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar, plus 3 tablespoons
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 oz frozen dark sweet cherries, thawed and roughly chopped

For the ganache topping:

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

For the crust:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the cookie crumbs and the melted butter until the cookie crumbs are evenly coated in the butter. Press the mixture into an even layer on the bottom of 13×9 baking pan that has been sprayed on the bottom and sides with cooking spray. Set aside.

For the filling:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. In a small bowl, mix together the thawed cherries and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Set aside to let the cherries soak in the sugar.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer on medium speed,  beat together the cream cheese with the remaining 1 cup of sugar until light and fluffy, about a minute or so. Reduce the speed to low and add in one egg at a time, making sure to wipe down the edges of the bowl between each addition. Mix in the heavy cream and the vanilla extract until just combined.
  3. Drain the liquid that the cherries gave off from soaking in the sugar. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the cherries into the cream cheese mixture until fully combined. Pour the cheesecake batter into the prepared 13×9 baking pan in an even layer.
  4. Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until the center of the cheesecake bars has set and the top is very slightly golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool at room temperature for about an hour. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours prior to serving, or up to a day or so in advance.

For the ganache topping:

  1. About 30 minutes prior to serving, bring the heavy cream to a very low simmer over low heat in a small sauce pan. Add in the dark chocolate chips and whisk until smooth and glossy, making sure that the mixture does not boil.
  2. You can drizzle the bars with the ganache topping before or after cutting them to serve. Allow the ganache to set for about 10 minutes and cool down after you drizzle the cheesecake bars with it. Enjoy!

 

4 Comments

  1. Natalie February 1, 2018

    WOW your pictures are stunning! These cheesecake bars look absolutely delicious! I love chocolate and cherry together ♥

    Reply
    • KJ February 1, 2018

      Thank you so much, Natalie! You can never go wrong with chocolate and cherry! 🙂

      Reply
  2. cakespy February 1, 2018

    WOW, these look off the hook delicious. I love layered bars. That creamy-tart filling with the cherries and cream cheese sounds so crave-worthy!

    Reply
    • KJ February 1, 2018

      Thank you so much! They are pretty fun to make – and to eat! 🙂

      Reply

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