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Chocolate-Cherry Cheesecake Bars

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + chilling


15 bars

I’ve had this recipe longer than I can remember. I like to make it for Valentine’s Day and Christmas. The pretty bars also look festive for a party or shower.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries
  • Additional maraschino cherries, halved


  1. Place the flour, brown sugar and butter in a food processor; cover and process until fine crumbs form. Stir in walnuts. Set aside 3/4 cup for topping.
  2. Press remaining crumb mixture onto the bottom of an ungreased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until set.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and cocoa until smooth. Add the egg, milk and vanilla; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in chopped cherries. Pour over crust; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  5. Cut into bars; top each with a cherry half. Store in the refrigerator.

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