Chocolate Explosion Cheesecake Bars

Bad news, guys: I’m about to leave all of you for the next two or three weeks. I’m off to Thailand to soak up some sun (it’s winter here in Wellington) and eat some awesome food and just generally chill out. So no baking for the next wee while. Much as I love making sweet treats every week, I would be lying if I said I was going to so much as think about baking something while I was away. I take my relaxation seriously.

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As such, I figured I better leave you with something pretty special. Cheesecake, in fact. Chocolatey, chocolatey cheesecake. There’s a chocolate crust, a chocolate-hazelnut middle, and a dark chocolate ganache top. It’s a bit of a project, but worth every minute. Unfortunately, I really dropped the ball on the photography here – it’s been a busy week, and the minute I had this cut up into bars I was leaving the house to go feed them to people. I’m still beating myself up about that. If I’d realized just how delicious these would turn out, I would have taken a bunch of photos and just been late to work.

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Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

You may have noticed that you didn’t get a sweet recipe last week. I wouldn’t say I had a baking failure, exactly, but they weren’t blog-worthy. Thus the macaroni and cheese and challah. So this week, I went with a classic – something I knew would be delicious and impressive, but also something I’ve made a few times with success. You know, to get my confidence back. And I happened to have some cream cheese kicking around, so here we are.

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These are a combination of a couple different recipes. A nice easy one-bowl brownie recipe topped with a really basic cheesecake mixture, swirled together and baked for just over half an hour. Easy. So what are you waiting for?

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