Looking for a decadent and delicious dessert to serve at any meal? These Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Bars have chocolate goodness in every single bite.
I have come to the realization that I am not as smart as I once thought I was. Helping kids with homework is definitely helping me to see that light now. My kids know that if they have math homework that they need to wait for daddy to get home because mommy will probably get them the wrong answer.
You would think that using measurements and fractions in baking would keep my mind sharp in math, but alas I have lost all the math information that was once there.
The other day my daughter was working on her math and had a question. I tried to warn her that I wasn’t the person to ask, but she insisted that it had to be done now. So, I looked at it and thought I knew what it was asking.
Let’s just say that it was a good thing she had her dad take a look at it when he got home.
Turns out I was right…she didn’t want my help with anything math related…I got the answers wrong. I did warn her! Now history, english, and science I can do. Most of that is just memorization and looking up answers in the book. I can do those. But math just doesn’t work for me.
I think I will stick to the math that I use when baking. That makes sense to me. Well, until I try to half a recipe that has odd measurements. Sometimes I just wing it then. It works for me most of the time…although I don’t recommend that as a good math lesson.
These cheesecake bars are an example of me taking these Mini Triple Chocolate Cheesecakes and changing the measurements to make them into bars. Bars are so much easier to make and to serve, so I did my math ninja skills and worked it out. It really wasn’t near as hard as the 6th grade math.
I like to think these bars are slightly good for you. Why? I didn’t use any butter in the crust. I use a food processor to turn Oreo cookies into crumbs. Just leave the filling in the cookies. That filling is what helps the crust stay together. And then I used dark chocolate for the cheesecake filling. We all know the health benefits of dark chocolate right? Wink, wink!
Oh, fine! There is absolutely nothing good for you in these bars. It’s cheesecake…to be good it has to be full of yummy things. All things in moderation is the key.
Just eat a smaller piece every time you walk past the kitchen!
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- 3 cups Oreo cookie crumbs*
- 3 - 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 3 Tablespoons sour cream
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 1/4 cups dark chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon shortening
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips + extra
- 1 - 8 ounce container Cool Whip, thawed
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x 13 pan with nonstick spray.
- Press the cookie crumbs into the bottom of the pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy.
- Add the eggs, sour cream, and vanilla and beat again.
- Place the dark chocolate chips and the shortening in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat. Stir until creamy. Add to the cream cheese mixture and beat until creamy.
- Pour the cheesecake batter gently on top of the crust. Sprinkle with the mini chocolate chips. Bake for 40-45 minutes.
- Remove and let cool on a wire rack for one hour. Refrigerate until chilled and set.
- Cut into 24 squares and serve with Cool Whip and extra mini chocolate chips.
*I leave the filling in the Oreos when I pulse them in a food processor. The filling helps the crumbs press together in the pan better without the use of butter.
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