Take a second and try to think of three delicious food ingredients that could possibly go together to make a delectable dessert bar? What did you come up with? Was it hot fudge, Oreos, and cheesecake… oh maybe that was just me?
Baking delicious treats has always been one of my favorite pastimes and you can never go wrong with making something that is rich, chocolaty and has an Oreo cookie crust. When I found this recipe I knew I had to make a version to call my own. So, without further ado, let’s dive in so you too can make these delicious cheesecake bars for yourself.
24 crushed Oreos
6 tbsp. melted butter
Pinch of salt
Cream Cheese Filling:
2 (8oz) packages of cream cheese softened to room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup Hershey’s Unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 (16oz) jar of hot fudge
1 cup chopped Oreos
Step 1: Pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees and while you wait, crush up 24 Oreos for the crust of your cheesecake bars. I used a food processor to make sure I got evenly crushed pieces for the crust.
Step 2: Mix cookie crumbs, 6 tablespoons of butter and a pinch of salt together and then press into a 8 x 8 prepared pan.
Step 3: Combine 2 (8oz) packages of cream cheese, 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, 1/4 cup golden brown sugar and 1/4 cup of cocoa powder.
Step 4: Add the 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and two eggs to the cream cheese mixture. Be sure to mix well before adding the second egg.
Step 5: Fold in 1 cup of hot fudge into the cream cheese mixture. Pour the filling onto the Oreo crust and place in the oven for 40-70 minutes. After the first 40 minutes I would check how done your cheesecake is every ten minutes after that until it is completely cooked and only slightly jiggly.
Note: The original recipe states to bake the cheesecake for 40 minutes, however, when I went to check mine at that time the sides had started to rise slightly, and the middle was completely raw. I put it back in my oven and checked it every ten minutes until the cheesecake was level. Ovens do vary so I would just keep checking it at ten minute intervals until it appears done and is not sunken in and raw in the middle.
Step 6: Once the cheesecake is done baking and has cooled slightly, layer the remaining hot fudge on the top of the cheesecake and add the remaining 1 cup of crushed Oreos. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight before cutting into bars.
Thank you so much for coming along for the ride as I made these delicious cheesecake bars. I hope you decide to make these for yourselves and that you enjoy them as much as we did. If you have any baking recipe requests that you wish for me to try out let me know in the comment section below. I would be happy to try out new recipes and share them in the blog!