Nutella Cheesecake Bars

Nutella Cheesecake Bars recipe pictures

The day we made these Nutella Cheesecake Bars did not start out so smooth. Our initial plan was to make Churro Cupcakes, which Kara and I had both been eyeing for months. The cupcakes had lots of steps, which we usually try to avoid, but we made them anyway. We had high expectations and they were a complete and utter flop. In fact we disliked them so much that we immediately tossed them, deciding to not even bother with the frosting. We were back to the drawing board.

I am so glad that we decided on this recipe because they were delicious! I know I’ve gone on and on about Nutella in several past posts, so today I’ll go on and on about cheesecake instead. I love cheesecake!!!  It’s rich and smooth and you can do so much with it–chocolate drizzle, caramel sauce, nuts, berries, whipped cream, ganache. The possibilities are endless. Berries on top is one of my favorite choices, but Nutella seemed like an idea so fabulous I couldn’t pass it up. Oops there I go with the Nutella! The fact that the food processor does literally ALL of the work makes me love this recipe even more.

These cheesecake bars were one of the desserts we prepared on Mother’s Day. Because we had such a big dinner and several dessert options they didn’t all get eaten. I passed the rest along to my friend Julie (Hey Juls!), who is a 4th grade teacher, and she brought them to school to share with the other teachers. They loved them! If they only knew how little work it took to make them. Nutella Cheesecake Bars recipe pictures

Nutella Cheesecake Bars recipe pictures

Here’s what you’ll need

Nutella Cheesecake Bars recipe pictures

Butter and line a baking dish with parchment paper

Nutella Cheesecake Bars recipe pictures

Pulse the Oreos

Nutella Cheesecake Bars recipe pictures

Pour in the melted butter and pulse again until moistened

Nutella Cheesecake Bars recipe pictures

Pour the crumbs into your lined baking dish

Nutella Cheesecake Bars recipe pictures

Press Oreo mixture evenly into the bottom of your dish

Nutella Cheesecake Bars recipe pictures

Pop that in the oven for 12 minutes, or until set

Nutella Cheesecake Bars recipe pictures

Clean out your food processor then get started on the cheesecake

Nutella Cheesecake Bars recipe pictures

To the 16 ounces of cream cheese add 2 eggs

Nutella Cheesecake Bars recipe pictures

A quarter cup of heavy cream

Nutella Cheesecake Bars recipe pictures

And a half cup sugar

Nutella Cheesecake Bars recipe pictures

Looks like I’m watching very very carefully as I pour in the vanilla. It’s quite serious

Nutella Cheesecake Bars recipe pictures

Okay now you’ll want to transfer 2/3 of the cheesecake to a separate bowl; set aside

Nutella Cheesecake Bars recipe pictures

Add 1 tablespoon heavy cream and the beloved Nutella to the cheesecake remaining in your food processor

Nutella Cheesecake Bars recipe pictures

Pulse that until combined

Nutella Cheesecake Bars recipe pictures

First pour in the plain layer of cheesecake. Spread it evenly over the cooled crust

Nutella Cheesecake Bars recipe pictures

Lookin’ good. Love that you can see little speckles of vanilla!!

Nutella Cheesecake Bars recipe pictures

And finally the Nutella layer

Nutella Cheesecake Bars recipe pictures

Spread that evenly also; lick your spoon to make sure it tastes good

Nutella Cheesecake Bars recipe pictures

Bake this for about 35 minutes, or until it jiggles just slightly in the middle

Nutella Cheesecake Bars recipe pictures

Refrigerate for a few hours then cut them into squares. One of my favorite desserts

Nutella Cheesecake Bars recipe pictures
Nutella Cheesecake Bars
Nutella Cheesecake Bars recipe pictures
Yields 16
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups Oreo crumbs
  2. ½ stick unsalted butter, melted
  3. 16 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  4. 2 eggs, at room temperature
  5. ½ cup granulated sugar
  6. ¼ + 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla (I use vanilla bean paste)
  8. ¼ cup Nutella
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Butter an 8×8 baking dish and line with parchment paper, making sure that the parchment is well pressed in the corners. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor, pulse Oreos until they become crumbs. Add in melted butter and pulse until moistened. Press Oreo mixture evenly into the bottom of your baking dish. Bake crust until set, about 12 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  3. Clean out the food processor. Add cream cheese, eggs, sugar, ¼ cup heavy cream, and vanilla. Pulse until smooth. Put 2/3 of the cream cheese mixture in a bowl and set aside. Add Nutella and 1 tablespoon of heavy cream to the remaining 1/3 cream cheese mixture in the processor. Pulse until smooth.
  4. To assemble, spread the plain cheesecake mixture over the cooled Oreo crust, being careful of the crust. Then pour the Nutella cheesecake layer on top of the plain cheesecake layer and spread evenly. Bake on the center rack of the oven for about 35 minutes, or until the center jiggles slightly. Remove from the oven and cool completely on a cooling rack. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  5. When ready to serve, lift the bars out of the pan by lifting up the parchment paper (it should release easily). Cut into 16 squares and serve.
Adapted from The Moonlight Baker
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Comments

  1. says

    Divine, divine, divine!!!!! This is going to be my next cheesecake project! I tried out your lemon raspberry bars yesterday and they were AMAZING! love your blog!!!!!!!!

  2. Penny says

    Just come across your blog… Can’t wait to try this recipe tomorrow!!!! Looks so yummy :-) and then after the nutella cake in a mug…

  3. Carol says

    These were Ahhhh-maaay-zing! I made these for (Canadian) Thanksgiving last month and everyone loved them. I stumbled upon your website looking for a dessert with nutella as we’re fanatical about it! I love this website and have been visiting often – so many recipes I plan to try!

  4. says

    Heaven simply heaven – why would you even both cutting it up – one pan is all I need and a large spoon :)
    And I also love your nail polish colour :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  5. Lucille says

    I was wondering if you removed the oreo filling before putting them in the processor, or if you put them in whole?

  6. Sarah C. says

    Would I be able to bake this into a spring form pan for a cheesecake or does the recipe need to be altered? Going to make this for my boyfriend’s birthday and can’t wait! :)

  7. Stefanie says

    Thanks for that great recipe. I made it for my birthday last week and I got a lot of compliments!
    As a German, it was quite complicated to translate all the scale units, because cups, ounces and sticks don’t exist but all in all it was easy to make!
    Stefanie

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