Monday, May 9, 2011

Marbled Cheesecake Squares

The other night I had chocolate swirled cheesecake and it was delicious. I've been craving it ever since, so of course, I satisfied my craving. Instead of making a whole cheesecake I just split the recipe in half and made cheesecake bars. It made a little less and was a little easier. Here's what you'll need for the cheesecake bars
Oreos, butter, cream cheese, sugar (which I forgot to put in the picture, sorry about that), an egg, vanilla, sour cream, semi-swet bakers chocolate, milk chocolate chips and half & half. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the oreos until small crumbs form. Add the melted butter
Pulse until combined and finely crushed. Press into a greased 8X8 baking dish
Cover and store in the freezer to harden up; prepare the filling. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese on high speed for about a minute. Add the sugar
Mix until fluffy and combined. Add the egg and vanilla
Beat that in and add the sour cream
Mix that together well and set aside for now. In a small microwavable bowl, melt the bakers chocolate
Add some of the cream cheese mixture into the melted and cooled chocolate
Stir that in until the cheesecake is completely mixed into the chocolate
Pull the oreo crust out of the fridge and pour half of the regular cheesecake mixture onto the crust
Spread that out evenly. Then dollop half of the chocolate mixture on top and swirl into the regular cheesecake with a butter knife
Pour the rest of the cheesecake filling over that
spread out evenly and swirl in the rest of the chocolate mixture
Bake. Let cool. Once cooled prepare a ganache topping. Place chocolate chips and half & half in a small microwavable bowl
Heat in the microwave until melted. Stir about every 30 seconds to keep from burning. Let the ganache cool a couple of minutes. Pour over the cooled cheesecake bars
As you can see, the cheesecake bars are a little over cooked. I left the house to go get something at the store and trusted my mom to take them out on time.. Big mistake, but I've learned my lesson. Anyways, spread the ganache out evenly and let sit to harden up. Cover and store in the fridge for 2 hours or over night. Cut into squares with a sharp knife and serve while cold
These were super good and I know have a cheesecake obsession. I'm going to go ahead and apologize because I'm going to be posting a lot of cheesecake recipes in the future

Ganache Marbled Cheesecake Bars
18 oreos
4 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted

3 oz. semi-sweet bakers chocolate, melted and cooled
1 egg
1 cup sour cream
12 ounces cream cheese, room temp
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup sugar

To make the crust, place the oreos in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until crushed; add butter. Pulse that together until combined and finely crushed. Press into a greased 8X8 baking dish. Cover and set in the fridge. Now prepare the filling. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth and fluffy, about 1 minute on high speed. Add the sugar and beat about another minute. Lower the speed and add the egg and vanilla until combined. Mix in the sour cream. Once you have melted and cooled the bakers chocolate, combine with 1/2 cup of the regular cheesecake batter. Pour half of the regular cheesecake mixture into the prepared and chilled crust; spread out evenly. Spoon half of the chocolate mixture over the plain cheesecake  and swirl in with a butter knife. Repeat with the remaining plain and chocolate cheesecake filling. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30-50 minutes or until cooked. Take out of the oven and let cool. Prepare the ganache topping.

1 cup milk chocolate chips
1/4- 1/2 cup half & half

Combine in a small microwavable bowl and heat until melted, stirring every 30 seconds. You may need to add more half & half to reach a pourable consistency. Let it cool a couple of minutes then pour over the cooled cheesecake bars. Cover and store in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight before cutting. Serve cold! 

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