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Black Forest Cheesecake Bars

Black Forest Cheesecake Bars

I love Black Forest anything. There’s just something that is so great about the combination of chocolate, cherries, and whipped cream. I’m not really sure why I’ve never posted any Black Forest recipes, but I’m going to fix that with these Black Forest Cheesecake Bars.

These bars may look like they have a lot of steps and ingredients, but they’re really easy  to make, and they are so yummy that’s they’re worth a little bit of effort. They have a chocolate crumb crust, chocolate cheesecake filling, brandied cherry topping, and sweet, fresh whipped cream. So, they’re super rich and delicious!

Black Forest Cheesecake Bars


Chocolate Crumb Crust

  • 1 ½ c . crushed chocolate graham cracker crumbs , about 5 sheets or 10 squares
  • 1/4 c . butter , melted
  • 2 T . granulated sugar

Chocolate Cheesecake

  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 c . granulated sugar
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened (reduced-fat ok)
  • 3 T . unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp . vanilla extract

Cherry Topping

  • 1 (21 oz.) can cherry pie filling
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp . brandy flavor (depending on desired strength)

Whipped Cream

  • 1 c . heavy whipping cream
  • 2 T . granulated sugar (more or less depending on desired sweetness)
  • 1/2 tsp . vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together graham cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar.
  3. Press into an 8x8-inch baking dish; set aside.
  4. For the cheesecake, beat together egg and sugar until pale and well-combined.
  5. Add cream cheese, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract, and beat together until combined.
  6. Pour cheesecake batter over crumb crust.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until set.
  8. Let the cheesecake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, and then chill for 15 minutes.
  9. Toward the end of the chilling time, stir together the cherry pie filling and brandy flavor. Set aside.
  10. With an electric mixer (either hand or stand) beat whipping cream until the mixer starts to leave tracks.
  11. Add sugar and vanilla, and continue beating until whipped (do not overbeat).
  12. To assemble, pour half of the cherry mixture over the cheesecake.
  13. Top cherry mixture with whipped cream.
  14. Pour remaining cherry mixture over whipped cream.
  15. Garnish with a sprinkle of grated chocolate, if desired.
  16. Refrigerate any leftovers.

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  • Reply
    Peter @Feed Your Soul Too
    October 25, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Great spin on this classic dish. I really like your photography as well.

    • Reply
      October 25, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      Thanks so much!! That’s really nice of you! =)

  • Reply
    Kim Beaulieu
    September 15, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    I love black forest desserts. This is gorgeous.

  • Reply
    Melanie (Reasons to Skip The Housework)
    August 28, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Good heavens! This looks so awesome! We’d love for you to come over to our newest link party over at The Inspiration Network: DELISH- a desserts only link party. Bring your desserts and let’s party!!

    Melanie and Diana
    The Inspiration Network

    • Reply
      September 1, 2013 at 11:23 pm

      Thanks so much!! =)

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    Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper
    August 25, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    These look so, so good. It’s been a while since I have had black forest cake, thanks for reminding me about it! As a cheesecake, I can only imagine how wonderful this must be!

    • Reply
      August 25, 2013 at 11:13 pm

      Thanks!! =)

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