Friday, September 21, 2012

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

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Oh, YUM!!  You are going to LOVE this recipe.  It's not a quick fix it in twenty minutes recipe, there are some steps involved, but trust me, IT'S WORTH IT!  

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Bars
By The Hardscrabble Home

Your Ingredients
For the Crust:

20 chocolate wafer cookies (I used Keebler Dark Chocolate Fudge Stripe Cookies)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground coffee beans
1/4 teaspoon fine salt

For the Filling:

8 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
2 large eggs, room temperature

For the Glaze:

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon light or dark corn syrup
2 tablespoons sour cream, room temperature

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8-inch square baking dish with foil.

Let's start with the crust: If you are lucky enough to have a food processor, which I am not, you can process the chocolate cookies in it.  I used my blender, it's good for more than making frozen margaritas!  Anyway, make crumbs of your cookies and add in there the butter, sugar, coffee and salt.  You want this to be pulsed to a fine consistency.  Once you have accomplished that, evenly press the crust into your pan making sure to cover the bottom completely.  Now, bake it for about 15 minutes or until it sets.   Set it aside to cool.

Let's move onto the filling. 
In a large mixing bowl, use your mixer to blend the cream cheese, sugar, and sour cream together until smooth.  Scrape down the sides, as needed. Add the eggs and mix until just incorporated. 

On your stovetop, (you can use a double boiler) melt the chocolate.  Once melted, fold the chocolate thoroughly into the cream cheese filling, mixing until it is smooth.  Pour the filling evenly over the crust.  Bake until filling puffs slightly around the edges, but is still a teeny bit wobbly in the center, about 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.

Now, it's time to make the glaze.  (I told you there were some steps involved but when you taste these you will thank me.) 

Melt the bittersweet chocolate with the butter and corn syrup on stove top.  You can also use your microwave, but I'm not a big microwave girl unless it involves popcorn.   Stir the ingredients together until smooth; lastly add the sour cream. Spread glaze evenly over baked filling. Cool completely, then refrigerate.

Cut into small bars or squares. Serve chilled or room temperature.  

These freeze well.  Hahaha.  As if you are going to have any leftover TO FREEZE.  

There you have it A worth the time it took you to make it triple chocolate cheesecake bar that will make you the envy of the neighborhood.  If you share it, that is.  
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