Cheesecake Bars with Chocolate Ganache


  • This is the slowest week ever. I’ve literally been sitting at work staring at the clock and it always is 1 hour behind what I think it is. Worst.feeling.ever. I also hate staring at the clock thinking it’s 3pm and in reality, it’s only like 1:30pm. I swear it happens to me every time.


    I don’t even have much to say because I just want this week to be over and for the weekend to come. One of my best friends is getting married this weekend and I’ll be in the wedding so I get to get all purty’d up with the rest of the bridal party. Our bridesmaids dresses are adorable too. They have POCKETS! That’s seriously the best trend right now.


    Will you look at these amazing cheesecake bars, though? No, those black specks on your screen isn’t dust, it’s VANILLA BEANS. Amazing. I love vanilla beans and their tiny bean pods. They’re so pretty and tasty!

    I loved every square inch of these. They were rich and decadent but I loved the cheesecake layer and how smooth it was. The Biscoff – YES I SAID BISCOFF – crumb layer rounded out these cheesecake bars. It was just that magic touch to make these cheesecake bars even more sinful than they already are. The chocolate ganache atop these was the perfect choice to finish this off as well.

    My friends and coworkers raved about these, and Jason couldn’t stop eating them. Definitely a winner here :)

    Cheesecake Bars with Chocolate Ganache
    Prep Time
    20 mins
    Cook Time
    45 mins
    Total Time
    1 hr 5 mins
     

    These insanely delicious cheesecake bars have layers of Biscoff crumb, a rich vanilla cheesecake, and a decadent chocolate ganache topping!

    Servings: 30
    Ingredients
    For the crust:
    • 1 1/2 cups crushed Biscoff cookies, about 27 cookies
    • 3 tbsp packed dark brown sugar
    • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
    For the cheesecake:
    • 3: 8 oz packages of cream cheese, softened
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 2 tbsp flour
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 cup sour cream
    • 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
    For the chocolate ganache:
    • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
    • 4 tbsp butter
    • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
    Instructions
    1. To make the the crust, mix the sugar and cookies together then pour the melted butter on top and stir until combined. Press crumb mixture into a 9x13" pan.
    2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream together cream cheese, sugar, and flour until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add sour cream and vanilla bean paste until just combined.
    3. Pour on top of the prepared crust and bake for 45 minutes. Once done, cool completely.
    4. In the meantime, prepare the ganache by heating the cream and butter in a small saucepan until just boiling. Remove from heat and pour over chocolate. Stir until melted and combined.
    5. Add the confectioners sugar and whisk until combined and smooth.
    6. Pour over cooled cheesecake and chill overnight.
    7. Cut into bars and serve.
    8. Keep in airtight container for up to 1 week.
    Recipe Notes

    Source: Bakerella

     

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  • Kathryn says:

    I know how you feel and I don’t even have anything as exciting as a wedding to look forward to tonight (pockets though? Genius).

    For some reason I never make cheesecake but this seriously has me craving a slice especially with those vanilla beans and that luscious looking ganache.

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    Oh yeah these definitely look like winners!! I love vanilla bean paste…my last jar is getting low! And I loved that you used Biscoff for the crust. YUM.

  • DessertForTwo says:

    Seriously, Julie, I’m convinced something is wrong with the clock. All day yesterday I kept expecting it to be 3 or 4:00, but it was 12:50 or 1:45. Aw-ful.

    I feel ya. If I had these cheesecakes in my pocket, I would care a lot less about the clock ;)

  • Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) says:

    So glad I’m not the only one having the longest week ever. :) These cheesecakes are stunning!!! Definitely remembering them for my next office party. :)

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray says:

    Oh heyyyy, got any leftover that you need help eating?! ;)

    Have so much fun at the wedding this weekend! No wonder your week’s going slowly–that’s going to be so fun. :)

  • Villy @ For the love of Feeding says:

    Delicious! I never prepare baked cheesecake, I’m fan of the no-bake one, but this looks mouthwatering!

  • Erin @ Texanerin Baking says:

    I feel for you. I have the same feeling this wee. It just keeps going and going and going.

    But at least you have these bars! They look amazing. Biscoff and ganache. They’d at least cheer me up at the end of a long work day. :)

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven says:

    Oh my goodness. I love EVERY LAYER of this. Gorgeous photos too!!! :)

  • Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says:

    Biscoff in the crust, vanilla bean flecks, and chocolate ganache…this is totally my kind of bar!!! This looks amazing!!!! Have fun getting all purtified for the wedding. Can’t wait to see pics on Instagram:-)

  • Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks says:

    These look AMAZING!

  • Kristen says:

    Oh wow, girl! These look incredible!

  • Stephanie says:

    Have tons of fun at the wedding! Maybe eating more of these bars will make your days go by faster…?

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    Pockets in dresses are so cute and so underrated. OMG, I bought this AMAZING dress not too long ago and a few weeks ago I was wearing it and happened to slide my hand down my side (probably from an impromptu dance move, but whatever) and I discovered THEY HAD POCKETS!! It was the best thing ever, and I was totally thrilled. And why yes, it did cause another impromptu dance. Anyway, these cheesecake bars are ridiculous, girl! Chocolate ganache is my fave and Biscoff in the crust? Are you forreal right now!?

  • carrian says:

    Vanilla beans and biscoff are two of the greatest, most wonderful things ever. Much like your darling self. ;)

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I want that ganache

  • [email protected] Food Ramblings says:

    I’ll be daydreaming at work today about these!

  • Pam says:

    These are so good, I love the vanilla bean cheesecake and biscoff combo… the ganache is good too!

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says:

    Love this! This is how Nigella Lawson makes her crust!

  • JotaSousa says:

    Oh my…… Those look so delicious!!!
    Have to try :DDD

  • Carla's Confections says:

    These definitely look killer! What an awesome combo of biscoff and chocolate and vanilla beans AND cheesecake! Whoa man! I would be eating them all day too!

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    These look absolutely delightful!!

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says:

    Heavenly!! Those are gorgeous and sound incredible! Yeah, I am in agreement about this week – seriously, move faster!

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks says:

    I just fell over to my death.

  • Oh wow. These have to be just about the perfect cheesecake bar! I love that you use vanilla beans and of course biscoff!

  • Tracey says:

    I get so excited when I see the little specks of vanilla bean in my baking – so much deliciousness! These bars are to die for!

  • Amy @ fearless homemakery says:

    these sound absolutely amazing! i love cheesecake bars in any form, so i bet i’d loooove these!

  • Katie @ Blonde Ambition says:

    I love the use of biscoff cookies instead of the typical graham cracker crust! Plus, for me, everything is better with chocolate :)

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    Biscoff, cheesecake, and vanilla bean?! You’re killing me here!

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

    I’m having a slow week too. It definitely needs to be Friday.

    These look delicious! I love the Biscoff crust. Mmm!

  • Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama says:

    Cheesecake bars are the way to go. I am a HUGE fan of cheesecake but making a whole cake is never practical, bars are easier to share! These look amazing. Love the biscoff crust.

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    I hate having slow weeks! This week is flying by for me, but it’s probably just because I am moving next week and have so much to do!

    These bars look heavenly! Biscoff cookie crust?! Hellz yeah!

  • Cassie says:

    These are soooo pretty. I love ganache. And vanilla beans = one of THE best smells in the world. And these totally help keep my mind off of how slow this week is going!

  • Jackie @ Domestic Fits says:

    Haha! finding pockets in your dress is the best. I had a dress for a month before I realized it had pockets, and I freaked out, you’d have though I’d found gold rather than just empty pockets!
    AND These bars look amazing. Put some in your pockets to snack on at the wedding ;)

  • Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen says:

    I’m dyyyying over here! I need these bars immediately, they look so delicious!

    Also loving that your BM dress has pockets! So fun!

  • [email protected] Should I Eat For Breakfast Today says:

    Hope the weekend will come very very fast for you :) and have fun on the wedding!

  • jeff says:

    This was a delicious breakfast, and the first time I’ve ever been excited over a cheesecake crust. You’re taking baking to a whole new, tasty level.

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet says:

    That ganache has my name all over it!

  • leslie says:

    Would it be strange to say these look totally sexy? Ohhh my!

  • Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker} says:

    swoon! You have me at cheesecake, but ganache!? even better.

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says:

    holy lord i want to swim in that chocolate ganache! chocolate and cheesecake just go hand in hand, without a doubt! GORGEOUS picture Julie! I think I just drooled on my cardigan!

  • Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie says:

    Oh my…these look soo good! I seriously love that you used vanilla bean in them AND used biscoff for the crust. Now that’s my kind of cheesecake bar ;)

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch} says:

    These look FANTASTICAL! Holy lord and that ganache… I’m in love!

  • Anna @ hiddenponies says:

    Oh, these look so delicious and decadent! I hate slow days at work, when there are so many things you’d rather be doing. It’s almost the weekend, yay!

  • Renee says:

    Show me anything dripping with chocolate ganache and I’m all over it. And if there’s cheesecake underneath? It’s over!

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says:

    Shut the front door! This looks amazingly delicious :D

  • Tasha @ ThatsSoYummy says:

    These look sinful and right up my alley!

  • The Culinary Chase says:

    Love your site and recipes!

    • Julie says:

      Aw thank you! :)

  • Naiya says:

    Wow each layers are very nice and pictures are also amazing. Looks very yummy.

  • Ren says:

    Hi,
    For the cheese cake part do I use a beater to mix or just manually stir to make it blend in?

    • Julie says:

      I’d use a beater to mix

  • Angela says:

    Hi Julie, I’m really excited to make these! But I’m going to make them for my friend and she hates vanilla. If I skip the vanilla bean paste, will the cheesecake still work just not taste like vanilla? Thank you!

    • Julie says:

      It’ll still taste like cheesecake. You can omit the vanilla.

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