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Nutella Chocolate Cheesecake Bars Take 2

by on March 18, 2008 · 7 comments

Last night Todd and I watched No Country for Old Men. I had no idea what it was about but based on all the clips I’d seen, I figured it would be good, if not a little dark and creepy. Javier Bardem is my new favorite actor.

But back to “dark and creepy”, the view out my window this morning has been rain, rain, rain, so I stayed inside and did a few experiments. The first was to make a more mellow, less twangy version of the Nutella Bars. Version One was very good, but version Two has less of a sour cream flavor. Here’s the new formulation.

The other experiment was Tofu Carrot Cookies. I’ll get to those later.

Einstein

Nutella Chocolate Cheesecake Bars (Version Two)

8 Double Chocolate Oreos
12 ounces light cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup Nutella
1/3 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder — Or — Dutch (Hershey’s Dark)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1 large egg plus 1 egg white
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons Frangelico (optional, but good)
1/3 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line the inside of an 8 inch square metal pan with non-stick foil. Process cookies into crumbs and press into bottom of pan.

Wipe processor bowl clean and add cream cheese; Process until smooth, scraping side of bowl as needed, then add both sugars, Nutella, cocoa powder, vanilla and espresso powder; process until well mixed. Scrape sides of bowl and add egg, egg white and cornstarch and pulse to mix, then add Frangelico and pulse to mix again. Pour over cookie crust and sprinkle top with chocolate chips.

Bake on center rack for 35-40 minutes. Cool completely in pan then refrigerate for a few hours or until well-chilled. Grasp foil, lift from pan, place on a cutting board and slice into 8 bars.

Makes 8 bars or 16 squares

(Thanks Make Einstein Write What You Write for picture)

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Published on March 18, 2008

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Judy March 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm

1. I love the Einstein pic — how in the world do you find these things?
2. The Nutella bars looked great before. I want to try them when I have time.
3. How creepy was the movie? My sister told me a little about it. I thought I wanted to see it until she told me how creepy she thought it was. Now I’m not so sure. She said she couldn’t say she was “glad” she saw it because Javier played such an evil character.

Anna March 18, 2008 at 3:02 pm

Judy, the best way to describe that character is as the devil.

TG March 18, 2008 at 3:45 pm

it’s monsooning here, too, and i’m also baking. i JUST discovered the kraft caramel bits so i made the chocolate-oatmeal cookie recipe (which i am now unable to find online). there don’t seem that many recipes for the bits. i guess i feel like it’s cheating to use them all melted; like, if they’re going to have them already in bit form, shouldn’t there be more recipes with the bits used as chips? yes there should

Cindy in Tempe March 18, 2008 at 5:17 pm

We watched NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN last night!! I had to leave the room for a bit – it was so violent and so intense.

Noble Pig March 18, 2008 at 8:46 pm

Tofu Carrot…can’t wait to see that.

Stephanie March 19, 2008 at 5:25 am

The picture is so cool, Anna! :-)

The Nutella bars sound scrumptious! I’ll put those on my to-bake list and will pick up some Nutella at the store.

Thanks, as always, for posting such great recipes.

Heather D March 19, 2008 at 7:50 am

played with the website last night with Einstien… my family and I giggled out butts off! Carmel bits!? This is the first I have heard of them!

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