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Chocolate Pecan Cheesecake Bars

Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been absent of late from BoB. I have many excuses, but I won’t get into all of that. The important thing is that I finally share with all of you some of the things I’ve been baking.

First up are these amazingly delicious bars. Imagine a buttery pecan crust. Now, let’s put some cheesecake on top of that. But not just any cheesecake – chocolate cheesecake. Sounds good, huh? Well, how about a pecan pie layer on top of that? I know!!!

I knew immediately when I saw this recipe, courtesy of Paula Deen (who else?) that I had to make it. It’s like she developed it especially for me. I can’t think of many things I like more in the sweets department than chocolate, pecans, and cheesecake.

Chocolate Pecan Cheesecake Bars | Bake or Break

These are beyond delicious. I shared these with a friend who, like me, is a fan of all things pecan. He later informed me that he wanted them again for his birthday. It is rare that I bake the same recipe more than once, but these will definitely be an exception.

Chocolate Pecan Cheesecake Bars

Yield 24 2-inch bars
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Chocolate Pecan Cheesecake Bars


  • 1 & 1/2 cups (180g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 & 1/2 cups (300g) firmly packed brown sugar, divided into 3/4 cup (150g) portions
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups finely chopped pecans, divided into 1/2 cup & 1 & 1/2 cups
  • 16 ounces (454g) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, divided
  • 4 ounces (113g) semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup (75g) unsalted butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 13″x 9″x 2" baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Grease or spray the lining.
  2. Combine the flour and 3/4 cup brown sugar. Use a pastry blender, a fork, or your hands to mix in the softened butter until the mixture is crumbly. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped pecans.
  3. Press the mixture into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, combine the cream cheese and granulated sugar until smooth. Add 1 egg and beat until combined. Stir in the chocolate and vanilla extract. Pour over the baked crust. Bake 15 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  5. Whisk together 3/4 cup brown sugar, corn syrup, melted butter, and 3 eggs. Stir in 1 & 1/2 cups chopped pecans. Pour over the cream cheese mixture. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until center is set. Cool completely in the pan. Cut into squares and serve.


Recipe adapted from Paula Deen.

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    46 Comments on “Chocolate Pecan Cheesecake Bars”

  1. I can only imagine how good and gooey this is. All Paula Deen desserts are – you just have to try and forget how many sticks of butter are being used!

  2. oh myyyyyy… these look AMAZING! I am going to make these… first thing tomorrow – nothing wrong with these for breakfast, right?

  3. The picture is simply incredible. Everything you could possibly want is there….almost

  4. leave it to Paula to take it to the next extreme.

  5. YUM! My husband would love these!

  6. Oh, those look sinful. Just in time for Thanksgiving, too. I am with you on the one-time recipe trend–even if they turn out well, there are always so many more to try! Who has time for repeats?

  7. Yum! I like that the recipe is made in a 9 x 13 pan so the servings can be custom cut…small…or for me…a rather large square :

  8. Holy cow!! These are going into my must make pronto folder. Yay!!

  9. Yum, what a great holiday recipe!

  10. Good to have you blogging again — you have been missed but you came back with another great, must try immediately recipe. Thanks for all you put into Bake or Break.

  11. Good to see you again! I am loving these already and I haven’t even got to taste them!

  12. Complete food porn! Yummy!

  13. This was certainly worth the wait! Cookie bars are so much fun to make.

  14. Yum!!! All the things I love appear to be in these!

  15. You were missed; welcome back!

  16. WHOA. Awesome. What an incredible way to return to your blog!

  17. These are totally me! chocolate, cheese and butter. Oh yeah!

  18. These look terrific! I followed the link and searched the site but the recipe is not found – how do I find it? Thanks!

  19. Been missing you! These look great! Chocolate, pecans, and cream cheese!! Yum!!

  20. WOW – great looking bars…. these are being created very shortly… thanks so much!


  21. AMAZING. I’m making these. They look so yummy.

  22. Oh my word………I have to make these sinfully droolworthy looking bars…….like NOW!!! Thanx so much :o) xxx

  23. You formally have made my day! Home is torn apart due to a leak and all I want to do is bake around the bustle. Thank you I will let you know what my family thinks although I can already say right up my alley!

  24. Thanks, everyone! I’m glad to be back. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Di, there’s a link underneath the post’s title that should work for you. Here’s another: Chocolate Pecan Cheesecake Bars.

  25. I full-on gasped out loud when that picture loaded. Ye gods.

  26. What an array of pure blissful desserts!

  27. Love you blog – just subscribed. Also just started a food blog myself. These bars look amazing – in fact all your recipes do! Thanks!

  28. Those are fantastically decadent – they’re going on my must-bake list!

  29. This recipe is one of those “must make” bars for the holidays. Duly tagged. They look amazing.

  30. I’m with you, that combo is always perfect, no matter how you mix, create it, make it.
    You know if ever there is going to be a ‘food porn’ tv channel, clearly you need to be the sponsor.

  31. I must say that I love this blog. Really, is one of my favorites. I just started one blog of cooking and fashion. And I want mine to be as good as BoB.



  32. There are no words. Wow. I cannot wait to make these! Thank you, and welcome back ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Chocolate…Cheesecake…Pecans…Say no more!

  34. I made this recipe for my boyfriend to enjoy while I am out of town during thanksgiving. He nearly died of pleasure. He is a huge critic of my baking. No cookie is crumbly enough, no bread is moist enough. But these bars. They were “perfect.”
    Thank you!

  35. These look sinfully delicious!!

  36. Ok, I just made these bard.

    What can I say, I don’t know, I can not find a word that describe how utterly sinful and decadent they are.

    I am cutting them so I get 48 pieces out of the pan, they are very rich and a small piece is a nice tease:)))))

  37. My husband does not care for chocolate cheesecake or pecan pie, but I went ahead and made these anyway. Yeah, I’m a good wife like that. Somehow these bars transcend chocolate cheesecake and pecan pie… both of us loved these!

  38. These bars look wonderful. I recently started a cheesecake recipes web site and I have a section on cheesecake dessert bars.

    Your pictures really add to your site which looks great. I am slowly taking pictures and trying to add them to my own site.

    I’m really glad a friend found Bake or Break and told me about it. I plan to check back frequently.


  39. omg These things look heavenly…

  40. I have a double batch in the over right now ๐Ÿ™‚ They’re a birthday present for a friend who’s a cheesecake fan, but I don’t have time to make a cheesecake….”

  41. I made these and they were delicious. They went right to my hips. I don’t get the trick to lining the baking pan with foil. It was terrible to cut the squares. Yikes, if you happen to bite the foil!

  42. These look great. I’m wondering if the cheesecake layer could be pumpkin flavored instead of chocolate flavored…

  43. I have to say that, although they smelled heavenly, the taste was not what I expected. Rather ordinary. Never mind, there are other wonderful recipes on your site!

  44. Can I use a different type of nut for the crust?
    Say hazelnut or walnut?

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