Recipe by Ghirardelli®
"A creamy cherry cheesecake baked on a rich brownie layer is drizzled with chocolate for an elegant dessert."
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Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips, divided
Nonstick cooking spray
1 1/2 cups
2 (8 ounce) packages
cream cheese, softened
red food coloring, optional
large eggs, lightly beaten
I tried this recipe after seeing it in a magazine and am happy to see it again on this site. The directions are very accurate and following them will yield fabulous results. The black bottom layer was absolutely perfect - rich, fudgey and moist. The cheesecake layer was also great. These would make a perfect addition to your holiday dessert table.
These baked beautifully and were easy to cut without making a mess. The brownie base was as close to perfect as I could expect, being just slightly on the fudge side. The cheesecake topping was, well, just like cherry cheesecake! Hands got into them before I could make the icing. Need I say more? Be certain not to let them over bake as they will set up perfectly if you follow the instructions. Keep an eye on them so the top doesn't start to brown. Make sure they stay in the fridge for several hours or overnight, as the flavors and texture will get even better!
The taste was great, appearance was poor, nothing like the photo. After baking 50 minutes the sides had raised, the top was brown, not the pink in the photo, but everything was still so soft it didn't just jiggle, it sloshed. It took an extra 20 minutes baking before the center rose and the sides were set. After removing from the oven the center collapsed. The brownie layer was only about 1/4" thick, and had risen up on the sides into the cheesecake layer, sort of like a brownie bowl. The whole thing was not appetizing looking with the brown top, edge pieces about 2" high and center pieces about 3/4" high. Brownie layer was too chewy. We gamely tried it and everyone liked the taste, but will definitely not ever make this again. Very disappointing.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Black Bottom Cherry Cheesecake Bars
Serving Size: 1/36 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 36
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 85
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