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Ganache Topped Cheesecake Bars stacked on a square white plate

Ganache Topped Cheesecake Bars

Ganache Topped Cheesecake Bars are a rich and creamy homemade cheesecake dessert that will please both cheesecake and chocolate lovers alike!

When you have a hankering for cheesecake but don’t want to deal with a springform pan and pounds of cream cheese, these exquisite cheesecake bars are an easier, yet still scrumptious option!

Ganache Topped Cheesecake Bars stacked on a square white plate

Ganache Topped Cheesecake Bars

Blogging has blessed me with many friends across the globe. I’ve met up with Jill in Paris and plan to rendezvous with Suzanne in Auckland in January. Plus blog conventions have let me hug friends who I’d only known via facebook and their blogs. When I realized that Christiane, of the delightful blog Taking on Magazines, was going to be driving through Indy on her way home from Chicago, I had to invite her to lunch. She’s also good friends with another blogger buddy of mine, Kate of Kate is Cooking, who lives just a hop, skip and a jump away from me. I knew she’d love to host this gathering with me.

Kate is the queen of savory, so she cooked up some delectable crab melts topped with bacon along with a terrific salad  featuring ham, turkey, hard boiled eggs, and Swiss cheese with a Caesar/pickle relish dressing and two soups, chunky tomato and cauliflower. I knew Christiane loved cheesecake, but not chocolate, though her husband and daughter were big time chocolate fans. I decided these Ganache Topped Cheesecake Bars would be perfect, as eating the topping was not required!

Ganache Topped Cheesecake Bars - An easy, swoon worthy dessert!

A Dreamy Cheesecake Dessert

Kate confessed that these Ganache Topped Cheesecake Bars were even better than her dear mother’s homemade cheesecake. The ultimate compliment when I usurped a cherished family recipe. Christiane even ate a courtesy sampling, though she humorously chided that they’d be better without the topping.

And Bill, the always picky husband, declared them a huge success as well. I also served some sublime caramel topped apple bars. We laughed and chatted like old time friends (which we really are) and we all wished they didn’t have to get back on the road. Hoping we can do a repeat performance next November.

You also might like these Strawberry Cheesecake Bars, these Ganache Topped Truffle Brownies, or these Oatmeal Caramel Bars!

Tips for Making These Ganache Topped Cheesecake Bars

A cheesecake dessert should not be daunting. A few tips will make for an ultra creamy dessert that will have you craving seconds!

  • PRO-Tip: The first rule of cheesecake making is to have your refrigerated ingredients at room temperature. The cream cheese, especially, will blend in more smoothly when soft.
  • You can hurry the eggs along by putting them in a bowl of warm water.
  • If you don’t want to hunt down Biscoff cookies, you can easily substitute graham cracker crumbs.
  • For the most luscious chocolate topping, use Ghirardelli bars instead of chocolate chips. Chocolate chips have additives which help them keep their shape while baking and don’t always melt smoothly.
  • When mixing in the eggs and sour cream, just mix until combined. PRO-Tip: Over mixing will whip air into the mixture and the cheesecake texture will be compromised.
  • I find that well chilled bars cut more smoothly than those at room temperature. Try a hot knife to cut through easily! Wipe it off between cuts.

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For this month’s Two Sweetie Pies installment I made Danielle’s Cheesecake Bars. On the second Monday of each month, we cook up something from each other’s blog. Every treat I pull from her blog is a show stopper…I never have to worry whether we’ll like it or not. We always do!

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Ganache Topped Cheesecake Bars stacked on a square white plate

Ganache Topped Cheesecake Bars

An easy recipe with all the deliciousness of cheesecake! Recipe adapted from Bakerella via Hugs & Cookies XOXO

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 24 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Bars
  • Method: Mixing, Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups crushed Biscoff Cookies (about 27 cookies…found at Walgreens and Walmart)
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter

Cheesecake:

  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Chocolate Ganache:

  • 8 ounces heavy whipping cream
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, I used Ghirardelli bars
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. To make crust, mix cookie crumbs and sugar together. Add butter, and stir till combined. Press into an 9 x 13 inch baking pan lined with non-stick foil.
  2. Preheat oven to 325º.
  3. To make cheesecake layer, cream sugar, cream cheese and flour with electric mixer on medium till light and fluffy. On medium low, add eggs and mix till combined. Add sour cream and vanilla and mix till just combined. Pour on prepared crust and bake for about 45 minutes. Cool.
  4. To make ganache, heat cream and butter on stove or in microwave, but do not allow to boil. Remove from stove and pour over chocolate. Stir till completely combined. Add powdered sugar and whisk until combined and smooth. Pour over cooled cheesecake. Refrigerate overnight, then cut into bars to serve.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 354kcal
  • Sugar: 18g
  • Sodium: 164mg
  • Fat: 27g
  • Saturated Fat: 15g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 27g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 92mg

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34 comments on “Ganache Topped Cheesecake Bars”

  1. Oh that ganache topping looks heavenly, these bars would not last long at my house!

  2. I see ganache in my immediate future… Your cheesecake bars sound amazing:@)

  3. Lol!! We both chose ganache!!! These looks awesome!!! Xoxo

  4. Absolutely perfect little squares! We love cheesecake and ganache. It’s so wonderful you’ve been able to meet so many great bloggers.

  5. True that, Liz. I love blogging, it gives me a chance to ‘see’ a different world and meeting new friends like you! And these cheesecake bars look so divine. Can’t wait to try this for the holiday…or this weekend. Yum!

  6. Oh my do these look amazing…my mouth is watering for that ganache!

  7. Truly is a wonderful way the web weaves the fabrics of our lives together through a common interest. The cheesecake bars look like they stepped right out of a magazine, Liz….Danielle BTW can thank you for one more follow on Two Sweetie Pies =)

  8. These bars look FANTASTIC and I just loooooove Biscoff cookies
    I so wish I could eat of them right now 🙂

  9. Liz, love that you got together with blog friends. . that’s so awesome!! and just to let you know, I’d take these cheesecake bars WITH the ganache topping. . plus more chocolate ganache on the side 🙂

  10. Yummy, Liz… who gets to eat these delights?

  11. That whole meal sounded incredible, Liz. Crab melt…yum…meat-filled salad…two desserts! The reason I love blogging is the friendships I’ve made so it’s very cool you got to hang out with two of your blogger buddies. I would’ve gladly eaten the ganache topping off of Christiane’s cheesecake bars! These look divine!

  12. Ok I am seriously licking my screen!!!! I can’t even how amazing these must have tasted!!!

  13. Oh Liz. YOU are such a sweetie pie! Can’t wait to see you again in Denver but it sounds like you have some awesome adventures ahead!

  14. These bars look super scrumptious and so pretty, Liz! I bet they taste like Christmas.

  15. Sounds like a very delicious get together.

  16. Hi Liz, so wonderful you got to get together with 2 other special ladies. Love this cheesecake and your presentation!

  17. That sounds like such a fun get-together! Those bars look so good! The ganache topping is right up my alley. 🙂

  18. Wow, these ganache topped cheesecake bars wouldn’t last a day in my house! My 3 boys would fight me for them. Not to mention Hubbs, with his own cheesecake obsession. I just made a batch of white chocolate rasp ones. Now I’m seeing these and am ready for more!

  19. I definitely could devour many of these cheesecake bars right now.. they look so delicious and the layers are just perfect!

  20. These look amazing and perfectly cut!!

  21. Oh what fun! I wish I could have bloggers over for parties, too! Now, I’m not a cheesecake fanatic but that chocolate ganache grabbed me! Wow! I’d certainly eat a couple of these. And they are beautiful! Really pretty and festive!

  22. love the chocolate ganache!

  23. Lizzy,
    I would absolutely love these! They must be good if your hubby gave them the thumbs up.
    Annamaria

  24. Those look fabulous and perfect for the holidays. My friend Kim posted them today on FB and I’ve been salivating ever since. Happy Happy Holidays to you.

  25. You’re so sweet, Liz. I loved spending time with Kate and you and was so bummed that time didn’t stop for just a bit so we could stay longer. Thank you so much for hosting our first get together. As far as the bars go, I’ve always said that cheesecake trumps chocolate. I thought they were awesome. 🙂

    Next year it’ll have to be Christmas though. We’ll be with Doug’s parents for Thanksgiving.

  26. It’s like three desserts in one – perfect 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  27. Ganache and Biscoff, oh my what a heavenly treat!

  28. What gorgeous squares, Liz! I love, love, love these! Great flavors in your layers!

  29. I always take note when the hubs likes something. It means it’s over the top good.

  30. Pretty good, I would make a couple of changes though.
    I think I prefer graham cracker crust/ homemade cookie crust, cheesecake itself is really good, but ganache topping was not my favorite.
    Am gonna use high quality milk chocolate instead of semi sweet chips and definitely less heavy cream. 

  31. These look amazing! I am off to make a batch right this minute, I just can’t resist!

  32. You always make the best desserts. I want the whole batch please!

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