Chocolate Cheesecake Espresso Bars

Wow, did you see all the Super Bowl recipe round ups on the various foodie blogs out there? Some of that stuff looked so good, but we have to move on. Put down that chicken wing and reach for the next big thing…chocolate! And lots of it. February is a month full of romance, wine and, yes, chocolate. Give me that over the pigskin any day but each to their own. I know there’s some die-hard football fans out there but come on- it’s chocolate time!

Creamy cheesecake bars with chocolate and espresso

This goat cheese bar has done the rounds for me. First I made it with blueberries, then I tried blackberries then I thought what the heck else can I put in it? So I tried pomegranate syrup. It seems only right that I keep the theme going, so this time I tried adding chocolate (oh and a little espresso and sea salt, just because). This fourth way was no exception in the taste department – rich and super chocolaty, the goat cheese shone right through with a tart flavor and a creamy, never-want-it-to-stop texture. This could be the best chocolate cheesecake I’ve ever tasted! I’m thinking the fifth variety of this cheesecake is going to be something savory and spicy!

Delicious goat cheese bars with chocolate and espresso
 
 
Chocolate Espresso Goat Cheese Bars
Serves 8
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
For the base
  1. 9 ounce chocolate wafer cookie
  2. 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  3. 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
For the filling
  1. 4 ounce cream cheese, softened
  2. 4 ounce chevre goat cheese, softened
  3. 1/2 cup white sugar
  4. 1 Tablespoon flour
  5. 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  6. 2 Tablespoon lemon juice
  7. 4 ounce chocolate, melted
  8. 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  9. 1/4 teaspoon ground coffee
  10. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  11. Cocoa powder for dusting on top
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter an 8 x 8 baking tray. Pulse the chocolate cookies in a food processor until fine crumbs. Melt the butter in a microwave and add to the crumbs. Add the salt.
  2. Mix the crumb mixture until well combined. Transfer to the baking pan and press until flat. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  3. Melt the chocolate either over a double boiler or in the microwave. In a stand mixer beat the cream cheese and goat cheese until smooth. Add the sugar, flour and mix. Add the egg and egg yolk, lemon juice, vanilla, cocoa powder, coffee and melted chocolate scraping down at least once. Mix until smooth and shiny.
  4. Pour the cheesecake mixture into the baking tray and bake for 20-25 minutes until slightly still wet in the middle. Let cool before slicing.
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens
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Comments

  1. says

    It’s so funny that we do that as blogger, its: PUMPKINS!! no, wait, CANDY CANES!! no, wait, BUFFALO ALL THE THINGS!! It’s fun to see what everyone comes up with, but we all burn ourselves out really quick.
    But I’ll never in a million years get sick of goat cheese or chocolate and I love that you combined the two.

  2. says

    Gerry, this is BEAUTIFUL! I’m all over this! But, does the goat cheese taste strongly like goat cheese? lol! In other words, will the chocolaty goodness get me past that goat cheese flavor that I really don’t like? (I know, call me crazy!) :)

  3. says

    Totally agreed with you. Move over football, hello romance! I love your combination of goat cheese and chocolate – for the sweet/salty factor and the texture which looks like a rich, dense mousse. Looking forward to the spicy variety coming up.

    Admittedly I love this even more since my husband doesn’t like goat cheese (I believe it to be the one thing he prefers not to eat) which means… more for me! Big win.

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