Think homemade cheesecake is a lot of work? Think again! These delicious bars are so easy to make. Topped with juicy cherries and rich dark chocolate for a wonderfully sweet treat.
Did you know February is National Cherry Month? I’m a Wayfair Homemaker, and today I’m excited to join in their Cherry Sweet event! I’m sharing a tasty cherry recipe to celebrate.
I’ve been wanting to try making cheesecake at home, but I decided to go with an easier version for my first try. These bars make homemade cheesecake so easy!
You start with a sugary graham cracker crust, followed by the yummy cheesecake. Top with cherries and dark chocolate, bake, slice and enjoy!
This is a simple treat, but it makes for such a pretty dessert! It’s so rich and messy you almost have to eat it with a fork.
As I write this post, these bars are sitting in my fridge and calling my name! They are just so tempting. It’s a good thing I have lots of willing taste-testers to give them away to. Otherwise I would eat way too many!
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs about 15 full sheets of graham crackers
- 1 stick 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 8 oz packages of cream cheese
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 of a 21 oz can cherry pie filling
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 F.
If you are using full sheets of graham crackers to make the crumbs, you can crush them using a food processor or by putting them in a ziploc bag and using something heavy like a rolling pin or meat tenderizer to crush.
In a medium bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar. Stir until combined.
Press into an ungreased 9x13 inch pan.
Bake for 7-8 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside, but leave the oven on.
Use an electric beater to mix the cream cheese, egg, vanilla and sugar.
Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the graham cracker crust.
Spoon the cherries over the cream cheese mixture. You don't have to cover the entire thing with cherries, just spread them randomly.
Sprinkle with dark chocolate chips.
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the center is set.
Let cool to room temperature and then refrigerate for a few hours before cutting into squares and serving.