Hazelnut Pecan Cheesecake Bars

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    Hazelnut pecan cheesecake bars is a decadent treat perfect for sharing! Recipe on tablefortwoblog.com

    Hazelnut pecan cheesecake bars is a decadent treat perfect for sharing! Recipe on tablefortwoblog.com

    First, thank you for all the sweet comments about Table for Two’s redesign! I seriously could not be happier with the way it turned out. It really was one of those “patience is a virtue” situations since it was supposed to launch in mid-January but due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to patiently wait!

    I started reading Divergent. I had the trilogy on my Amazon wishlist for a while and I’m not a huge reader so I didn’t want to buy them yet and was saving them for my 19-hour plane ride in April…..that is until I saw the trailer for Divergent and I knew I had to read the book before I went to see the movie, haha. I’m completely captivated in this book now. It reminds me a lot of Hunger Games but different. I really like how the story unfolds and it’s a pretty easy read. Not much to think about ;) I wish I could find more books like this. I was entranced in Hunger Games and Harry Potter. I hope the Divergent trilogy will keep me interested until I’m done with the trilogy but what comes after that? What book(s) next? Any suggestions?

    I have always wanted to be a reader and wanted to be like those people who’s noses are stuck in their Kindles at the beach or pool, but from a young age, I loathed it. It was a struggle for me in class to ever retain any information; probably because a lot of the books they forced you to read were books that they made you read in between the lines and find out symbolism and all this crap. I just want to read a book, not dissect it! The questions that were like, “in line 29104 of Oedipus, what symbolic thing did he do and what were his reasons for it?” Yes, cause I can remember line 29104. I did, however, fall in love with The Bell Jar and The Great Gatsby. I flunked the Romeo + Juliet test in my AP English class (seriously, don’t ask me why I even signed up for AP English – my worst subject). My teacher handed my test back to me and on it in big red marker said, “F – did you even read this?” hahahaha – what?! I thought it was like the movie so I didn’t actually think I had to READ it. CLEARLY we all know movies + books are totally made the same.

    Hazelnut pecan cheesecake bars is a decadent treat perfect for sharing! Recipe on tablefortwoblog.com

    Hazelnut pecan cheesecake bars is a decadent treat perfect for sharing! Recipe on tablefortwoblog.com

    If you don’t like nuts, you probably won’t like these bars, but if you love cheesecake and nuts, you’ll adore these! They’re very rich and very dense and you can probably only have one at a time, but they’re worth every bite! I brought these to my Pure Barre class one afternoon and everyone indulged in them after class. It was our reward! These bars got raving reviews so I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as everyone else did! :)

    Hazelnut Pecan Cheesecake Bars

    Hazelnut pecan cheesecake bars is a decadent treat perfect for sharing!
    Prep Time: 30 mins
    Cook Time: 1 hr 15 mins
    Total Time: 1 hr 45 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 1 9 x 13 inch pan
    Calories: 325kcal
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    Ingredients

    For the crust

    • 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

    For the cheesecake filling

    • 16 oz cream cheese, softened
    • 3 eggs
    • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 4 tbsp all-purpose flour

    For the topping

    • 1 cup chopped hazelnuts, I used Diamond of California brand
    • 1 cup chopped pecans, I used Diamond of California brand
    • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
    • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
    • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
    • 1 egg
    • Pinch of salt

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 9-by-13 inch pan with parchment paper with a 2-inch overhang on either side.
    • In a large bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter. Mix together until crumbs are moistened and when you grab a clump, it forms a shape - kind of like wet sand. Press the graham cracker crumbs into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove and set aside. Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees.
    • In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat together cream cheese, egg, sugar, milk, vanilla extract, and flour. Gently pour cheesecake batter on top of the graham cracker crust. Bake for 25-30 minutes until just set. Remove from oven but keep oven temperature. Let cheesecake cool for 20 minutes.
    • In the meantime, combine hazelnuts, pecans, corn syrup, butter, dark brown sugar, egg, and salt in a bowl. Stir together until everything is combined well.
    • Carefully spread the nut mixture on top of the slightly cooled cheesecake layer. The middle will likely fall in and cheesecake may ooze out around the nut filling, but it's ok, just gently keep spreading it across the entire pan!
    • Bake for another 25 minutes.
    • Remove from oven and let cool completely. Place in the refrigerator overnight to set and slice into squares before serving.

    Notes

    Servings Per Recipe: 18
    Nutrition Facts
    Hazelnut Pecan Cheesecake Bars
    Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
    Calories 325 Calories from Fat 144
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 16g25%
    Carbohydrates 35g12%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 28g31%
    Protein 3g6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 

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  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    I love Divergent!! I’m still reading the last book, but it’s amazing! Not quite as amazing as these bars though!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    lol I’m sure your parents were super proud of you after that failing grade too ;) Didn’t you know you’re suppose to pick up the cliff notes, not the movie. Let’s not tell the kids that. I LOVE how these bars turned out! So pretty.

  • Chloe @ foodlikecake says:

    I never thought of adding hazelnuts to pecan bars (or cheesecake) but these look and sound amazing!

  • Katrina @ WVS says:

    Yes, please!! These look soooo good!

  • nicole @ I am a Honey Bee says:

    I would make these and then eat them all. No sharing! Like a perfect marriage of baklava(ish) filling and cheesecake bar. WIN!!

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    Love cheesecake? Check! Love nuts? Check! Yep, I can take down a whole plate of these.
    I always wish I were a reader too, but it’s sooooo hard to find the time. One of my faves lately is “Let’s Pretend this Never Happened” Absolutely HILARIOUS and it’s easy to pick up and put down as you go. Prepare to annoy Jason, you’ll laugh outloud so much!

    • Julie says:

      Omg, I’m putting that book on my wishlist now! Haha, I love comical books! Thank you!!

  • Tieghan says:

    These bars look incredible!! I love all those nuts in there!

  • Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen says:

    Cheesecake + gooey nuts….always yes!!

    I loved Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, and Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok was a good read. On a funny note – instead of getting in trouble for passing notes or talking in class, I was the kid who got in trouble for taking a non-school book out of my desk & reading during class.

  • elizabeth says:

    hahahaha ummm good times in Ms. Savage’s English class! Remember filming our portion of R+J in your basement? and just cracking up throughout the ENTIRE thing?! (also just started the divergent series–great so far)

    • Julie says:

      HAHAHA oh my goshhhhhhh..I will NEVER forget Ms. Savage’s English class – with a name like that, who could forget?! Omg, I remember that!! Andy + Andy!! Oh man, this brings back MEMORIES!! <3

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

    hahaha, I can so relate. High school english took all the fun out of reading books. I think that’s why it took me a good decade to get back into reading. If I never have to look for symbolic clues in the text again it’ll be too soon.

  • Amanda says:

    I’ve always been a reader but I’m picky about what I read. I loved Divergent! I’m thinking about reading it again soon.

    These bars look amazing! I can never say no to hazelnut.

  • Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says:

    JULIE! These bars are the definition of food love! You’re killing me over here! *wink*

    I really liked the first book in the Divergent series, but kind of got bored with the second book and never ended up finishing it, which I *never* do. Was kind of meh. BUT! I loved the Maze Runner series! Kept me from slipping into a deep book depression after I finished the Hunger Games. I also loved the book Cannibal Reign, it’s about an asteroid hitting the earth and the people who are left trying to survive. Highly recommend.

  • Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says:

    Loving that thick layer of nuts on top.

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says:

    Love the new design, Julie! It’s so sleek, clean, easy to navigate, and purple (of course!). Gorgeous.

    I love nuts in my desserts, especially if cheesecake is involved. I had this amazing cheesecake last month – the crust was made form pecans. You would’ve loved it!

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health says:

    those nuts in there look soooo good!!! and about the book, I am currently trying get back into it – The Storyteller is a beautiful one.

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    Absolutely stunning bars, Julie!

  • Leah | So, How's It Taste? says:

    Cheesecake and a ton of nuts?! Yes, please!

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    Julie, it is hard for me to even imagine you getting an F grade on any class assignment in school! But, these bars? You aced it, girl! Thanks for sharing. Already pinned!

  • Meriem @ Culinary Couture says:

    Well these sound pretty darn phenomenal!

  • cheri says:

    These look so amazing, great pics!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Oooo, these look amazing! The perfect bar!!

  • Kathryn says:

    Woah…total hazelnut overload and I’m totally in!

    PS the new design looks amazing lady! For some reason I couldn’t comment on the launch post but I love it and it suits you so much.

  • Sarah says:

    Liked Divergent? Try the Sabriel series by Garth Nix. Again, not too hard of a read but totally captivating and a female lead.

    • Julie says:

      Thanks!!

  • Naomi says:

    These look awesome! Love it!

  • Maria says:

    Wow! These look so good!

  • Kristen says:

    I wish I could be an avid reader. I maybe read two books a year and often when I get into them I’ve been know to stop 3/4 of the way through a book and not pick it up again for a year if ever.

  • Gaby says:

    What a fantastic reward! I need to make these soon!

  • Meredith says:

    Beyond delicious!

  • Liz @ FloatingKitchen says:

    Loved loved loved Divergent. I can’t wait for the movie to come out! The new site looks great and these bars looks incredible!

  • Heather Christo says:

    I am going to buy divergent on my kindle when I am throughout with this- everyone is talking about it! These bars by the way are completely stunning. I love how thick that caramel nut layer is!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    These look amazing, Julie! As does the new design!

  • Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen says:

    Oh my gosh Julie – I am totally digging these bars. You mixed all of my favorite things into one beautiful little package. Yum!

  • Tracy | Pale Yellow says:

    Cheesecake bars are the best, love the nutty twist!

  • Kayla says:

    Oh, this looks delicious! I love gooey things like this!

  • marla says:

    Oh wow Julie!! These bars are such an amazing treat!

  • Ashley - baker by nature says:

    Dang Julie, these cheesecake bars are my new crush! All those nuts… YES please :)

  • Lynna says:

    I want to be a reader, too! But, why can`t I find the time? Baking tempts me more, most of the time. I never liked reading growing up either. After reading Hunger Games and other distopian novels, I got hooked into reading! LOL. I`ve had Divergent on my bookshelf for over a year. Since the movie is coming out soon, I must get on that!

    • Lynna says:

      *dystopian

  • Kelly says:

    I just discovered your blog, and can’t wait to start trying some of these recipes!

    I’ve always been an avid reader (reading is especially great while waiting for your baked goods to come out of the oven!). If you liked The Hunger Games, you might also try The Selection series by Kiera Cass, which is kind of like The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor. I also recently started the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, and it’s very engaging!

    • Julie says:

      Thanks for the suggestions! I’m so glad you found my blog – hope you enjoy the recipes :)

  • Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen says:

    Love the blog re design, looks gorgeous!! I fly to England once a year (10 hour flight) so I try to save books for the flight and end up finishing the book in the terminal so by the time I am of the flight no books lol!! Sometimes you just can’t wait! I love nuts and cheesecake, so I am ALLL over these bars!!

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    What in the …? These bars are THE PERFECT BAR, Julie. The hazelnut pecan gooeiness is out of control.

  • Francesca says:

    STACKS ON STACKS of delicious. woah lady!

  • Winnie says:

    These are wonderful bars, and I’m already planning to try this recipe :)

  • Monique says:

    The bars look fabulous in the photos. I can’t wait to make them for me and my friends. Question, can I substitute corn syrup for honey? Thank you

    • Julie says:

      I believe that should be ok, however, depending on the honey you use, you might get an overwhelming taste of honey, but if you like that, then go for it!

  • Sarah | Drool-Worthy says:

    Agreed! These look fantastic!

  • Heghineh says:

    these look Delicious !

  • Maheen says:

    Hi Julie – is it necessary to do the egg with the hazelnut and pecan mixture? also instead of corn syrup can you melted chocolate to sweeten it up and hold it together?

    • Julie says:

      Hi Maheen, yeah you definitely have to use the egg with the hazelnut & pecan mixture. It’s the bind. And, you could try with melted chocolate but I’m not positive it’d work out as intended.

  • Jolanta says:

    Hello. What measures of a pan would be perfect for a cake? And do you think chocolate ganache on the top of nuts is a good idea?:)

    • Julie says:

      Hi, sorry, I don’t know if this could be made into a cake. I haven’t done it before, but I would guess a 9-inch round. Chocolate ganache might make this way too sweet.

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