NEW

Blistered Tomato Garlic Butter Pasta

Blistered Tomato Garlic Butter Pasta is a simple, yet satisfying pasta dish! Fresh, juicy tomatoes that have been blistered in an herb butter are the stars of this recipe. Toss it all together with some spaghetti, a little bit of cheese and you are ready to eat!  If...

Chocolate Espresso Brownie Sundaes

Chocolate Espresso Brownie Sundaes are the sundaes of your dreams. Stacks of espresso infused, chocolate chunk brownies are topped with scoops of creamy, coffee ice cream and drizzled with a warm chocolate ganache. Fudgy decadence in every single bite. Is there...

Honey Cornbread Waffles with Tequila Berries

Honey Cornbread Waffles with Tequila Berries is a breakfast that you won't be able to forget! A homemade, slightly sweet, cornbread waffle is topped with bright berries that have been soaked in a dash of tequila and lime zest. Add a dollop of whipped cream and a...

Watermelon Tequila Sunrise

Watermelon Tequila Sunrise is a fun, summery twist on a classic cocktail! Sweet, juicy watermelon pairs perfectly with the zesty orange juice. The vibrant colors from the watermelon and orange juice even have this cocktail actually looking like a sunrise! Serving...

Chipotle Salmon with Fresh Corn Salsa

Chipotle Salmon with Fresh Corn Salsa is a flavor-packed dinner recipe! Salmon filets are dusted with a homemade, chipotle seasoning blend, seared to perfection and then topped off with a sweet, zesty corn salsa. When you have fresh corn on the cob, this is a recipe...

Dang Good Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you ever make one of my recipes, please let it be this one!! DANG Good Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies are what chocolate chip cookie dreams are made of! A decadent brown sugar cookie is puddled with sweet pools of melted, semi-sweet chocolate and a sprinkle of...

Black & Bleu Salmon Salad

Black & Bleu Salmon Salad is a simple, yet delicious salad recipe! A bed of fresh lettuce mix is topped with juicy blackberries, salty, creamy bleu cheese crumbles, candied nuts and perfectly grilled salmon. Toss it all up with a homemade balsamic dressing and...

Nutella Dipped Oreo Malts

Nutella Dipped Oreo Malts are the ultimate, indulgent, frozen treat! Creamy vanilla ice cream is swirled up with decadent Nutella and the classic Oreo cookie. You're going to want to grab a straw and a dig right in! Nutella Dipped Oreo Malts are a dessert that you...

Chipotle Jack Burgers

Chipotle Jack Burgers are the perfect reason to fire up your grill! A classic burger gets a spin. The patties are packed full of flavor from the seasonings and chipotle powder, topped off with zesty, melty pepperjack cheese and smeared with smoky chipotle mayo. Add...

Strawberry Smash Peach Margaritas

Heeeyyooo! We are back in business! My goodness it feels like it's been a long time, but I am SO excited for the brand-spankin' new website that is all sparkly and full of sunshine! During the past couple months, I've been able to focus on my love of cooking and...

The Monthly Scoop – July 2019

I'm back! I'm back! It's been since April since our last Monthly Scoop here, so let's get all caught up! The past couple months have been spent having fun creating recipes, cleaning up messy kitchens and trying not to get sunburned like a tomato. But let's be honest,...

Maui Travel Guide

The KJ & Company Maui Travel Guide is finally here! Better late than never, right? We've had the opportunity to travel to Maui twice now and have completely fallen in love! There really is nothing quite like Hawaii.  In this travel guide, I am going to be...

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!

Print

Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Bars


  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour cook time + 3 hours refrigeration
  • Total Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x

Description

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


Scale

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 3 cups chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs, such as Oreos
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter

For the cheesecake filling:

  • (4) 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 oz frozen cherries, thawed and drained

For the chocolate ganache:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

For the crust:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the cookie crumbs and the butter until combined. Gently press the cookie crumbs into the bottom of a greased 9×13 pan to form the crust. Set aside.

For the cheesecake filling:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the cream cheese on medium speed until light and fluffy, about a couple minutes. Reduce the speed to low and mix in one egg at a time, making sure to wipe down the sides of the bowl in between each addition. Mix in the sugar, heavy cream and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Gently fold the cherries into the cheesecake batter until combined. Evenly pour the cheesecake filling over the prepared crust. Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until the cheesecake has set in the center. Let the cheesecake bars cool completely before putting them in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours before serving.

For the chocolate ganache:

  1. Heat the heavy cream over low heat in a small sauce pan until it starts to simmer. Whisk in the chocolate chips until completely melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and let cool for 20 minutes before pouring over the cooled cheesecake bars. Allow the ganache to set on the cheesecake bars for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving.

Share the love!

If you make this recipe and love it as much as I do, I’d love to hear from you! Comment below, rate the recipe, or share a picture tagging @kjandcompany or using #kjandcompany so that I can see your fun pictures 🙂

Thanks for following and cooking along with me!

 

Previous

Next

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipes and Posts Straight to your Inbox

Recipes and Posts Straight to your Inbox

Please enter your email and name below.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This