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The BEST Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

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The BEST Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars – this is the best cheesecake bar recipe ever! It’s smooth and silky and has an easy Oreo crust, making these heavenly bars one of the best desserts ever.

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The BEST Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars - this is the best cheesecake bar recipe ever! It's smooth and silky and has an easy Oreo crust!

Remember when you started the job you’re at now, and you didn’t know anyone at all? Then, slowly, over the course of time you met a person here and there and they introduced you to other people and eventually you found yourself with some friends? The same goes with blogging, although it takes longer since we’re not working in an office together. Virtual relationships take a little bit longer to develop but they can be real and some of the best ones out there, because they take extra work. You don’t see or talk to the person every day, but they’re there for you when you need them.

Back when I started this blog I knew no one who was blogging. Eventually I met Ashton and then she introduced me to Aimee and Jocelyn. We became a foursome, chatting often, sharing each others work, bouncing ideas off each other, and looking forward to seeing each other in person at conferences. That is why I’m so exited to bring you this Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bar recipe today, because it comes from Jocelyn’s debut cookbook! Jocelyn is the blogger over at Inside BruCrew Life, where she shares so many delicious dessert recipes and comforting dinners. Her new book, called Cheesecake Love, is a book full of the most fabulous CHEESECAKE recipes ever, including these bars.

I am just so proud of her. This book has been a labor of love for her. She’s written it while blogging full time, raising 3 kids, sending one to college, and moving to new states – TWICE. The fact she is still sane while doing it all is a testament to what an amazing person she is.

If you love cheesecake in any form, Cheesecake Love needs to be on your list. Everything about cheesecake is in this book, from elegant full size cheesecakes to bars, breakfasts to dessert mashups. All the fabulous flavors are there: chocolate, vanilla, pumpkin, mint, berry – you name it. I wanted to make every single recipe but finally settled on these bars because Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars may be a simple and easy recipe, but sometimes a classic is what you’re craving.

I can guarantee that these cheesecake bars will be the best ones you’ll ever make. Throw away those other recipes from Pinterest and use this one instead. It really is the BEST ONE EVER.

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars from Cheesecake Love

The recipe starts with an easy Oreo crust, except it’s made in a 9×13″ pan. While the crust pre-bakes you make the filling for the bars with silky cream cheese, sour cream, and eggs. Don’t forget the chocolate chips – they add such a good chocolatey flavor to the bars.

Often you’ll see recipes that bake cheesecakes in a water bath. Jocelyn instead uses a steaming method: she has you place a pan of water in the bottom of the oven to increase the moisture in your oven. This keeps the end product nice and creamy. She explains in the baking tips section of the book that the steaming method is not only easier but also decreases the chances that water will leak into your cheesecake. Plus, when you’re making a 9×13″ cheesecake bar recipe, there’s often not a baking pan big enough for a water bath.

I’d never actually heard of or used the steaming method, but I will from now on. All you have to do is put a rimmed baking sheet full of water on the bottom of your oven while it’s preheating. Easy peasy!

Her steaming method works like a charm because these chocolate chip cheesecake bars were super creamy and almost silky in texture. They were definitely some of the BEST cheesecake I’ve ever eaten!

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars are creamy and silky and full of chocolate chips!

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars Recipe

No matter what, you need to pick up a copy of Cheesecake Love. The recipes are well written and the photos are gorgeous. Hello, Banana Split Cheesecake, I’m looking at you!

Tips for the perfect Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars:

  1. Be sure that your ingredients are at room temperature before you start. No one wants a lumpy cheesecake and the only way to avoid it is for not only your cream cheese to be room temperature, but also your eggs and sour cream too!
  2. You can leave the filling in the Oreos when you make the crust. Who has time to take it out? Plus, the crust tastes better that way.
  3. Cheesecake often looks under baked when it’s done. Once it’s golden around the edges and doesn’t look wet in the middle, it’s done, even if it’s still jiggly.
  4. You can substitute regular sized chocolate chips if you don’t have minis, but I find that mini ones are better because they end up in every single bite.
  5. It’s tempting to want to dig in as soon as these come out of the oven but don’t skip the cooling and chilling steps. They are absolutely essential to a delicious end product!

Servings: 24 bars

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 20 mins
The BEST Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars - this is the best cheesecake bar recipe ever! It's smooth and silky and has an easy Oreo crust!

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 30 Oreo Cookies
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter — melted

Cheesecake:

  • 3 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream — room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs — room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups mini chocolate chips — divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a 9x13” baking pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Make the crust: crush the cookies, including the filling, in a food processor. Pulse until they become crumbs.
  3. Mix together the cookie crumbs and melted butter. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes, then cool the crust for 20 minutes but keep the oven on.
  4. Place a large rimmed baking sheet on the very bottom rack of the oven and fill it halfway with water.
  5. Make the cheesecake: Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the sugar, vanilla, and sour cream and beat until smooth.
  6. Add the flour and beat again.
  7. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Make sure the eggs are fully incorporated but don’t overmix. Stir in 1 cup of the chocolate chips.
  8. Pour the batter over the cooled crust and sprinkle the top of the cheesecake with the rest of the chocolate chips. Place the pan on the oven rack right above the pan of water and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the cheesecake is lightly browned around the edges and the center seems set.
  9. Remove the pan from the oven and cool for 1 hour at room temperature, then chill at least 4 hours before slicing.

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 bar) — Calories: 259, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 64mg, Sodium: 175mg, Carbohydrates: 25g, Sugar: 19g, Protein: 3g

Don’t forget to check out Jocelyn’s blog, where she has so many cheesecake recipes, like Brownie Swirled Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars and so many more!

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I was not sponsored for this review. I did it because Jocelyn is my friend, and though I was given the book for free all opinions are 100% my own.

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6 comments

  1. I have her book, have barely had time to look through it because of my own chaos, but these….look amazing. And congrats to Jocelyn! BTW…This recipe is going to rock it for you on Pinterest. Photography perfection!

    Ironically I made an Oreo crust today for a fudge recipe!

  2. Yum! Wish I had one or three right now.

  3. hey girl- these bars look so yummy!

  4. Girl, I am so glad that blogging brought us together.  You are a sweetheart and I puffy heart love you!!!  Thank you so much for sharing my book and recipe. I’m so glad you liked the bars.  Isn’t the steam bath so much easier?  It’s seriously the only way I make mine.  

  5. These are amazing! Will be a go to dessert!!

    Rating: 5
  6. does this recipe use regular cream cheese or block cream cheese?

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