Cooking with Katie

Cheesecake Bars

Cheesecake is one of those things that’s really easy to mess up! When you’re making a traditional cheesecake, it can crack, or not cook through all the way….there’s just a lot of things that can go wrong. Well, this is one cheesecake recipe that is full-proof! It’s practically impossible to mess it up, and the taste is out of this world good! For all you cheesecake lovers out there, this is one recipe you MUST try.

As I mentioned before, this recipe is full-proof. You bake this cheesecake in a 9×13 baking dish, which allows the heat to be distributed more evenly than a spring-form pan. Plus, you don’t have to worry if it has a few cracks here and there because you just pour a bunch of chocolate over the top! Is there any reason not to make this?!?!

Cheesecake Bars (Bakerella)

  • Crust
    1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers
    3 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
    6 Tablespoons melted butter
  • Cheesecake
    3 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened (This recipe makes a ton of cheesecake! It’s also very easy to cut in half!)
    1 cup sugar
    2 Tablespoons flour
    3 eggs
    8 oz. sour cream
    1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • Chocolate Ganache
    8 oz. heavy whipping cream
    2 oz. butter
    8 oz semi-sweet chocolate
    1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

Mix graham crackers and sugar together. Add butter and stir until combined.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream the sugar, cream cheese, and flour with an electric mixer on medium until light and fluffy. On medium low, add eggs one at a time, mixing well with each addition. Add sour cream and vanilla and mix until just combined.

Pour on prepared crust and bake for about 45 minutes. Remove and cool. Meanwhile, heat cream and butter on stove until just before boiling. Remove from stove and pour over chocolate. Stir until completely combined. Add confectioners’ sugar and beat with a wire whisk until combined and smooth.

Pour over cooled cheesecake. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Cut into bars and serve. Makes 30 bars. Enjoy!