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a stack of chocolate chip cheesecake bars

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars


  • Author: Miss AK
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes + 4 hours cooling time
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes 4 hours cooling time
  • Yield: 18-24 bars 1x

Description

Perfect, classic cheesecake gets studded with chocolate chips and baked in bar form for easy serving and eating with these Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars.


Scale

Ingredients

  • about 14 graham cracker sheets (around 2 cups graham cracker crumbs)
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 4 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 and 1/3 cups sugar 
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream, at room temperature
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • optional chocolate drizzle: 1/2 cup chocolate chips + 1 Tbsp. coconut oil 

Instructions

  1. Before beginning, set all ingredients out on the counter to come to room temperature. This is very important because it ensures a creamy cheesecake.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325ºF and put a large pot of water on to boil. When it reaches a boiling point, pour it into a casserole dish or oven-safe pot placed on the bottom rack in the oven. This acts as a makeshift water bath and turns the oven into a “steam room”, ensuring that your crust won’t crack.
  3. To make the crust, mix together the graham cracker crumbs, butter and brown sugar. 
  4. Grease a 9×13-inch casserole dish, and line it with parchment paper so you can easily pull the bars out of the dish when you want to slice and serve.
  5. Add the heavy cream, sour cream, and vanilla and beat until everything is mixed well.
  6. Crack the eggs into a separate bowl. Add the eggs one at a time to the cream cheese, scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition. Mix until the eggs are totally incorporated. 
  7. Using a spatula or spoon, fold in the chocolate chips by hand. 
  8. Pour the cheesecake mixture into the dish. Place the dish on the middle rack of the oven. 
  9. Bake for 55 minutes to 1 hour and 5 minutes. The cheesecake will be done when the sides look set but the center still jiggles slightly when nudged.
  10. Turn the oven off and prop it open a little bit. Allow the cheesecake to cool for an hour in the oven. 
  11. After the hour has passed, allow the cheesecake to cool completely for 2-3 hours before placing in the fridge to cool for at least 2 hours.
  12. When you’re ready to serve, pull up on the parchment to remove the sheet of cheesecake. Slice into squares, cleaning the knife between each slice to get a clean cut. 
  13. If you want to top the bars with the chocolate drizzle, melt together the chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave on 30-second increments until smooth. Drizzle the chocolate all over the top of the bars, allow it to set for 5 minutes, and serve!

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 345
  • Sugar: 29 g
  • Sodium: 222 mg
  • Fat: 20 g
  • Saturated Fat: 12 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 36 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 7 g
  • Cholesterol: 84 mg

Keywords: cheesecake, chocolate, chocolate chip, bar, dessert

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