Coffee Cheesecake Bars

Everyone keeps making Grasshopper pies, cheesecakes, etc. (mostly because it is the season for green food and Girl Scout Thin Mints). It is appealing to me, but when it got down to it, I wanted to make a coffee dessert, and put my own spin on it. It’s your basic cheesecake bars, so you could feel free to mix it up and do mint instead (like the original recipe), leave it plain, add chocolate, or something else. The white chocolate chips on top are great because they add a bit of creamy sweetness to soften the coffee and dark chocolate. Make sure you use a good quality white chocolate since you will be biting right into it. You want it to taste creamy and rich, like the milk you might pour into your coffee.

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This is a dessert you could start in the morning and have ready for the afternoon or evening. It stays fresh for a while in the refrigerator, too. I made this in a springform pan, but you could use an 8×8 baking dish, too. If so, use foil to pull out the bars easily later.

Directions for Coffee Cheesecake Bars

Adapted from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Crust

  • 1.5-2 cups ground Oreo cookies (or other chocolate wafer cookies)
  • ½ stick butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Stir together the melted butter and cookie crumbs.

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Pat into a lightly greased 9-inch springform pan. Come up as high as you can onto the sides while making sure the bottom is covered.

Mine is different colors because I used two different kinds of cookies.

Mine is different colors because I used two different kinds of cookies.

Bake the crust for about 5-10 minutes, just until it is firm and darkened slightly. Allow it to cool while you prepare the filling.

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Filling

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee
  • 2 Tablespoons hot water
  • 1 Tablespoon heavy cream (or milk)

In a mixer, beat the cream cheese for a minute. Add the sugar, and mix until well blended. Stir in the egg.

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Then add the flour, stirring briefly.

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Combine the instant coffee, hot water, and cream in a small bowl.

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When smooth, add to the mixing bowl.

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Mix briefly, then pour over the crust.

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I used a toothpick to take some of the extra coffee mixture and spread it through the filling.

Bake for about 30 minutes until lightly browned, and a bit jiggly still. Cool completely.

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Topping

  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • White chocolate chips for decorating (optional)

Melt together the dark chocolate chips and cream. When smooth, pour on top of the cheesecake layer.

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Allow the chocolate to cool slightly, then place the white chocolate chips on top (if using).

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Directions for Coffee Cheesecake Bars (without pictures)

Adapted from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Crust

  • 1.5-2 cups ground Oreo cookies (or other chocolate wafer cookies)
  • ½ stick butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Stir together the melted butter and cookie crumbs. Pat into a lightly greased 9-inch springform pan. Come up as high as you can onto the sides while making sure the bottom is covered. Bake the crust for about 5-10 minutes, just until it is firm and darkened slightly. Allow it to cool while you prepare the filling.

Filling

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee
  • 2 Tablespoons hot water
  • 1 Tablespoon heavy cream (or milk)

In a mixer, beat the cream cheese for a minute. Add the sugar, and mix until well blended. Stir in the egg. Then add the flour, stirring briefly. Combine the instant coffee, hot water, and cream in a small bowl. When smooth, add to the mixing bowl. Mix briefly, then pour over the crust. Bake for about 30 minutes until lightly browned, and a bit jiggly still. Cool completely.

Topping

  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • White chocolate chips for decorating (optional)

Melt together the dark chocolate chips and cream. When smooth, pour on top of the cheesecake layer. Allow the chocolate to cool slightly, then place the white chocolate chips on top (if using).

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