Chocolate Cheesecake Bars Recipe

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When you don't have time to bake a real cheesecake, reach for this easy recipe. An almond-flavored dough serves as both crust and topping for a soft chocolatey filling. —Louise Good, Flemington, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Nutritional Facts

1 bar: 160 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 92mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extract. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Press half of the dough onto the bottom of a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Set aside remaining dough for topping.
  2. For filling, in a large saucepan, combine the chocolate chips, cream cheese and milk; cook and stir over low heat until smooth. Remove from the heat; stir in walnuts and extract. Spread over dough.
  3. Breaking off small pieces, drop remaining dough over filling. Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 4 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Cheesecake Bars in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p77

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dhiner123 User ID: 4079183 41497
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

"I was making this recipe to take to a meeting, and sampled a piece after baking. These bars were not good...the crust was extremely dry and the overall taste was not appetizing. I had to throw them out because I was not comfortable serving them to others. I followed the recipe exactly. I am very disappointed and will not be making these again."

mewolcott412 User ID: 875327 80231
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2011

"These were easy to make, and the almond flavor of the extract really came thru."

Hemmen Girls User ID: 2983163 27886
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2009

"Delish! We all loved!!"

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