Chocolate Cheesecake Candy Cane Bars

You may have noticed that I really like layering things up in bars.  It’s just, this way you get a bunch of delicious things all in one bite.  In this case, we’ve got an almond cocoa cookie crust on the bottom, chocolate cheesecake filling in the middle, and a peppermint chocolate glaze on top, with a sprinkling of crushed candy cane on top for some serious crunch.  Here’s how:

Yield: 1 8×8 pan of bars

1 cup sliced almonds, toasted
4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup cocoa powder
3 tbsp flour
3 tbsp sugar
pinch of salt

8 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
2 extra large eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract

Peppermint Chocolate Glaze:
4 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp light corn syrup
1/4 tsp peppermint extract (or to taste)
2 peppermint candy canes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.

To make the crust, pulse the almonds in a food processor to grind them up (be careful not to grind them into almond butter).  Add the butter, cocoa powder, flour, sugar, and salt. Pulse to combine (it will look crumbly).

Press it out into the pan:

Bake for 10 minutes.  Cool completely on a wire rack.

For the cheesecake filling, melt the chocolate either in a double boiler or in the microwave (in 30 second intervals, stirring after each time).  Set aside.

In a separate bowl, beat together the cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy, with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer.  Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat to combine.  Pour the chocolate in and mix until smooth.  Pour the filling onto the cooled crust, and bake for 20-25 minutes.  The edges should be slightly puffy, but it should be jiggly in the center.  Chill the cheesecake in the fridge until the cheesecake has set.

To make the glaze, melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave.  Add the melted butter, corn syrup, and peppermint extract, and stir to combine.

Spread all over the cheesecake, and top with crushed candy cane.  Chill in the refrigerator until set.  Cut into bars and enjoy!

Click here for the printable recipe.

Adapted from Food Network’s Chocolate Cheesecake Candy Cane Bars.

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21 Responses to Chocolate Cheesecake Candy Cane Bars

  1. Love the blend of textures here, crunchy crust and silky smooth filling. Also, the touch of peppermint flavor in the top layer does make this bar a little bit more special than others. Well done-yum!

  2. These sound fabulous! I love the layers.

  3. Ohhhhhhhhhhh, wait where was I? Oh yes, chocolate, mmmmmmmm……

  4. These sound decadent and delicious! So much chocolately goodness!

  5. TheGrubDaily says:

    Wow, these look incredible. I am compiling a list of Christmas Desserts for my blog and I would love to feature a link to this recipe and your blog, if that is okay with you. Let me know! Thanks

  6. Mrs. D says:

    I bet my hubby will like this.Have to try this sometime 🙂

  7. Caroline says:

    Well these are just beautiful!! Love the variety of textures. 🙂

  8. I like your approach! I agree, it’s a good way to do things – these look fabulous by the way!

  9. jo-lyn says:

    ohmygosh, these look and sound fantabulous!! i must make these!

  10. Wow, love the layering and my husband’s a total sucker for chocolate cheesecake!

  11. Beautiful, beautiful. I love the use of cream cheese in these bars — it sneaks a little protein into the delicious sweets. And I’m a sucker for peppermint with chocolate (no pun intended).

  12. anne says:

    Delicious !!!! Except for peppermint , love all those scrumptious layers esp that gooey chocolate cream cheese filling 😉

  13. These look sinful! The question is do I dare make them? My waistline is already feeling the effects of the holidays. Very yummy! Thanks for sharing.

  14. I really can’t image that there is anything to hate about this holiday treat. Phenomenal!

  15. Did someone say chocolate? Yup.. you know I’m happy and loving this post :). These Chocolate Cheesecake Candy Cane Bars look AMAZING. I can’t wait to try this recipe

  16. Ann says:

    Holy cow, these are amazing! Your photos – as always – are incredible and the step-by-steps are always helpful (I love step-by-step photos!). You know, I never thought about the layering of bar cookies…but I like that, too! Very nicely done!

  17. Christine says:

    Om nom nom! These look delicious, especially the little crushed candy cane sprinkle on top. 🙂

  18. rsmacaalay says:

    Wow that’s a champion, I love minty flavors mixed with chocolates

  19. Minty chocolate! I love how creamy it looks as well. Darn with that whole diet thing…..

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