Everything you love about rich cheesecake, Biscoff cookies, and dark chocolate in an easy-to-make, guilt-free bar!
I’m finally home for a few weeks (It’s been 4 months!) before I head off to Italy, then back to Gainesville for work and school. It feels crazy not having a mountain of responsibilities every second of the day; I’m doing my best to soak it up and enjoy it. (Although, honestly, if it weren’t for cooking and photographing, I don’t think I would make it. One can only Netflix for so long.)
One thing I’m thrilled to have more time for is baking. Nonessential desserts tend to get pushed to the side when I get super busy, so many treats are long overdue. But these Biscoff cheesecake bars are definitely helping make up for the deficit.
Crumbly cookie crust. Velvety Biscoff-infused cheesecake. And TWO layers of rich dark chocolate.
To sum up, these bars are INSANELY DELICIOUS. Tons of that signature cookie flavor spiked with a hint of espresso and taken to the next level with the one and only: dark chocolate. And the variety of textures, from crumbly to creamy to delicately crisp, make for a party in your mouth.
The lush filling comes together easily with just a hand mixer! Reduced fat cream cheese and nonfat Greek yogurt keep these light without sacrificing taste, and using a little stevia (or monkfruit) helps keep sugar in check. Biscoff cookie butter lends extra richness and beautiful caramel color, and vanilla extract and instant espresso powder maximize flavor.
For the crust, crumble up some Biscoff cookies, mix with a little coconut oil, press into a pan and bake 6 minutes. Cool, then drizzle on melted dark chocolate. If you want a thicker chocolate layer on the bottom, you can go ahead and double the amount of chocolate added here. Just don’t try to spread it over the cookie crumbs or the crust will be disturbed. Try not to drool all over it. 😉
The cheesecake only takes TWENTY MINUTES in the oven! I used a water bath for even cooking.
After the cheesecake is cool, gently spread on melted dark chocolate (best stress-relieving activity EVER), and drizzle with melty cookie butter.