Nutella Swirl Cheesecake Bars

Like all wonderful things in life, this recipe involves Nutella…so you know it’s going to be delicious. I can’t take all the credit for this week’s inspiration, since it was actually one of my coworkers that initially gave me the idea (thanks again cyn!). I have modified the original recipe a bit  by switching out a regular graham cracker crust for an oreo crust, and adding the cream centers into the cheesecake filling. Why, you might ask? Because I love oreos just as much as I love Nutella. And you can never have too much chocolate (which I made clear with my Chocolate Trifecta Cake) . To make this master peice, you will need the following ingredients:
For the crust:
    • 1 large package of oreo cookies, cream centers removed
    • 4 T butter
For the filling:
  • 24 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • the removed cream centers from the oreos
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Nutella
As always, I began by preheating my oven to 325 degrees F. I then buttered an 9×13 baking dish and lined it with parchment paper, making sure that the parchment is well pressed in the corners.
To make the quintessential oreo crust, I went old school and crushed the oreo cookies in a plastic bag using a serving spoon. This was a great opportunity get out my frustrations from the day. Once I had broken down the cookies into crumbs, I stirred them into my bowl of melted butter. I pressed the Oreo mixture evenly into the bottom of my baking dish and baked the crust until it had set (about 12 minutes). Set aside to cool.
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To make the filling, I used my little hand mixer to beat the cream cheese, oreo centers, and sugar together until the mixture was smooth. I then mixed in the eggs and vanilla. I then spread the filling evenly over the crust, and dropped Nutella over top of filling. Using a knife, I swirled the Nutella into the filling.

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I let this bake for about 25 minutes, or until filling is just set. I let the bars cool overnight.

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It is really important that the bars are completely chilled/firm before you cut them. This means that I had to wait until I got to work to taste test them….and honestly they turned out perfectly! I baked them just long enough, and couldn’t be happier with the modifications I made to the original recipe. They were a huge hit at the office, people started eating them before 10am 😀

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2 thoughts on “Nutella Swirl Cheesecake Bars

  1. Is 325 the correct temperature once you add the cream cheese mixture? I baked mine for the 20 minutes and it was still runny.

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