Chocolate Murder Beer Cheesecake Bars

Chocolate Murder Beer Cheesecake Bars

Ok, I know, MURDER is a little aggressive. But it’s like “death by chocolate” just more intense. These aren’t a “passed away peacefully in their sleep” type of bars, these are much more in your face. Literally and figuratively. And if I’m going to be taken out by a baked good, this wouldn’t be a bad choice. 

Sure, you can just call them “chocolate stout cheesecake bars” that would be totally fine and acceptable, I won’t be mad. But it did get your attention, so mission accomplished. These are also easy to make for something that looks so complicated. Maybe it’s a good thing that quarantine will limit the number of people you are forced to share these with, because there might be an actual murder if I had to share these with too many people. Just kidding, but these bars are as dark as my soul and sense of humor. 

Chocolate Murder Beer Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients

For the Chocolate Cookie Crust:

  • 9 full-sized chocolate graham crackers
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter melted

For the Filling:

  • 2 (8oz each) packages full-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (50g) light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 ¾ cups (10 ounces) bittersweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 Tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup chocolate stout beer
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Ganache:

  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate finely chopped
  • ¼ cup (2oz) heavy cream
  • ¼ cup (2oz) chocolate stout beer

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Add the graham crackers to a food processor, process until just crumbs. Add the melted butter, process until well combined.
  • Spray an 8x8 pan with cooking spray. Press the graham cracker mixture into the bottom of the pan until well compacted.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer add the cream cheese, beating until well-whipped.
  • Add both kinds of sugars, mixing until well combined.
  • Turn the mixer on low and slowly add the melted chocolate until well mixed. Add the egg yolks, mixing until well combined.
  • Stop the mixer, add the cocoa powder, espresso powder, cornstarch, and salt, mix until combined.
  • Add the beer, mix until just combined.
  • Add the filling over the crust.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until the edges are set and the center is still slightly wobbly when the rack is shaken, it will set as it cools. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Add all the ganache ingredients to a bowl, microwave for 30, stir and repeat until melted and well combined.
  • Pour the ganache over the filling. Refrigerate until chilled, 4 hours or overnight. Bars are best served the day after they are made.

2 thoughts on “Chocolate Murder Beer Cheesecake Bars

    1. A 9-inch spring for typically holds about 10 cups in volume, whereas an 8×8 holds about 7. So, because it’s bigger the bars will be narrower and the cooking time will be shorter, but it is definitely possible with a few minor adjustments.

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