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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
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
  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
Foodness Gracious


  • I’m drooling over here, Gerry! I love these flavors!!

    February 07, 2013
  • Holy moly. You’re totally speaking my language here.

    February 07, 2013
  • What a lovely combination. I definitely want to give this a try, awesome photography as well! Thanks for sharing :)

    Happy Valley Chow

    February 07, 2013
  • Where have these been all my life??

    February 07, 2013
  • Oh my! These are stunning and so gourmet! LOVE it!

    February 07, 2013
  • Superbowl? Valentines? Who needs an excuse to have these gems, Gerry. Love all the touches – who would have thought with the Goat Cheese and chocolate? Dying to try them. Pinning these pics – Wow!

    February 07, 2013
  • I love the way you describe these bars – love the goat cheese and the chocolate. The texture looks truly amazing. Good one Gerry!

    February 07, 2013
  • I’m totally drooling over here! Especially at the thought of something savory and spicy. Goat cheese is incredible! :)

    February 07, 2013
  • These are gorgeous! I love all of your adaptations, what a versatile recipe! I also love the way they cut so nice and clean. I guess i like everything about them!

    February 08, 2013
  • These bars are HEAVENLY, Gerry. Chevre..that’s just IRRESISTIBLE!

    February 08, 2013
  • 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.

    February 08, 2013
  • 2 of my favorite things.

    February 08, 2013
  • I love this look amazing!!

    February 09, 2013
  • Wow. These bars need to get in my life ASAP! So pretty, too.

    February 09, 2013
  • I love chocolate and espresso together – these bars look mouth-watering!

    February 10, 2013
  • umm yeah. I need these in my life, like soon too. Chocolate AND Espresso AND Goat cheese. Killing me.

    February 10, 2013
  • I love this recipe and the images are gorgeous!

    February 10, 2013
  • I just recently made pizza with goat cheese and while it was good…why on earth did I make THAT when I could have made THIS! It looks incredible and espresso…yes, why I’d love to eat a sip. :)

    February 10, 2013
  • 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!) :)

    February 10, 2013
    • Nikki, the goat cheese and the lemon gives a definite tang, but then the chocolate kicks in and that’s what your left with, tasty!

      February 12, 2013
  • 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.

    February 11, 2013
  • mmmm interesting recipes, good pictures, very tasty resemble the Mediterranean cuisine which we do in Spain. We invite you to visit my blog from Spain, with traditional recipes from the State of Valencia.

    This week “The Giraboix” in
    Going to lose?

    February 13, 2013

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