No-Bake Cherry Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

Fresh cherries and chocolate combine with a creamy, no-bake cheesecake filling in these Cherry Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars.  A chocolate ganache drizzle is the perfect finishing touch.

No-Bake Cherry Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

No-Bake Cherry Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

Yield: 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 20 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cherries, pitted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  • For the chocolate drizzle:
  • 4 ounces chopped semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter in a medium bowl and mix well. Press the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 9x13 inch pan.
  2. With an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and lemon juice and lemon zest until smooth.
  3. Whip the cream until stiff peaks form, and then fold it into the cream cheese mixture. Gently fold in the chopped cherries and mini chocolate chips.
  4. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the graham cracker crust; refrigerate.
  5. To prepare the chocolate drizzle, bring 1/2 cup cream to just boiling.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in chocolate until melted. Cool slightly, so chocolate can still be drizzled, but will not melt the cheesecake filling. Drizzle evenly over the cherry cheesecake layer.
  7. Return the cheesecake bars to the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
http://www.letsdishrecipes.com/2013/06/no-bake-cherry-chocolate-chip-cheesecake-bars.html

Let’s Dish
My family couldn’t stop raving about these cheesecake bars.  I initially set out to make a 9-inch pan, but I’m so glad I thought better of it and went with the 9×13, because they were gone within 48 hours.  They aren’t overly sweet, which makes it dangerously difficult to stop after just one piece.  Thank goodness I had a house full of boys to help me eat them!

The fresh cherries make all difference, so if you don’t have a cherry pitter, do yourself a huge favor and get a pick one up.  Trust me, you’ll find all kinds of delicious reasons to use it!  This tastes even better the next day, so make it well ahead of serving time, if you can.

Who Dished It Up First: Inspired by this cherry cheesecake recipe from Nigella Lawson.

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Comments

  1. I see you have completed your switch to WP- aren’t the recipe plug in’s fabulous??!! Like I just said on G+ I am totally making these. Hubs has a huge affection for cherries & cheesecake- together it’s nuts. So I will definitely be making these – like tomorrow!!!!

  2. These bars sound delicious! I love cherry and chocolate together. I have never heard of a cherry pitter before. Thanks for the tip! I would love to try making these.

  3. I’ve been looking for a Father’s Day dessert. ESPECIALLY one that doesn’t involve turning on the oven. Also, I have all of the ingredients except the cherries. It’s meant to be!

  4. I have been wanting to pick up some fresh cherries, and now I now I need to for sure!!

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