Nutella Swirl Cheesecake Bars

Of all the things I’ve made with Nutella, I’ve somehow never combined it with another of my true loves – cheesecake. The fact that I have allowed that to happen is a terrible mistake on my part. However, I feel that I have properly atoned with these cheesecake bars.

I pieced together most of this from a couple of recipes from The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion, which is must-have for all of you cookie and bar bakers out there.

Nutella Swirl Cheesecake Bars feature a swirl of that favorite chocolate-hazelnut spread in sweet, rich cheesecake bars. - Bake or Break

The combination of Nutella and cheesecake is one I wish I’d tried long before now. I really liked the graham cracker crust, although I think other cookie crusts would be interesting to try. Chocolate wafers or vanilla wafers would be divine, I’m sure.

And, if you’re in that small population of people who don’t like Nutella, you can always swirl some fruit preserves into the cheesecake instead. I suppose you can do that even if you do like Nutella. But, if you’re like me, you just don’t pass up a chance to have a little of that fabulous chocolate-hazelnut spread.

Yield: 24 2-inch bars

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 32 minutes

For the crust:

  • 1 & 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar

For the filling:

  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup Nutella

Directions:

To make the crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9″x 13″ baking pan.
  2. Mix graham cracker crumbs, butter, flour, and brown sugar. Press into bottom of prepared pan.
  3. Bake 10 minutes or until set.

To make the filling:

  1. Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Mix in eggs and vanilla.
  2. Spread filling evenly over crust. Drop Nutella over top of filling. Using a knife, swirl Nutella into the filling.
  3. Bake 20-22 minutes, or until filling is just set. Cool for about an hour. Then, refrigerate until completely chilled and firm before cutting into bars.

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    30 Comments on “Nutella Swirl Cheesecake Bars”

  1. Ooooemmmmgeeee! Two wonderfully decadent things in one treat, how could these not be amazing?! I pinned this recipe, I know it’ll be a popular one ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. These bars look so decadent that I want to stop studying for midterms and make them instead! I, too, have made the mistake of not combining cheesecake and Nutella. That will be solved immediately with these bars. Thank you for sharing!

  3. This is all of my favorite things in the world combined into one dessert. Seriously. Amazing.

  4. This looks dangerous. Seriously dangerous. Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. These bars look addictive – cheesecake and nutella together is very addictive ๐Ÿ˜€

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
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  6. Va-va Vooooom!!!
    You make me happy again ๐Ÿ™‚
    I have to make these. Now. WOW!
    Thank you for inspiring me with your amazing recipes…

  7. I have a problem with Nutella, I am crazy about it!!!!!!!! And cheescake is great too so I can totally see this, it sounds great!!

  8. This is the type of dessert I could just eat from the pan with a spoon. Seriously.

  9. That does sound like a good combination

  10. Cheesecake and nutella? Yes please. Right now.

  11. I can’t believe you’ve never made Nutella cheesecake before. Possibly God’s gift to the dessert world ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Great idea! genius! I think I’m going to use this idea. Everyone loves Nutella!!
    Thanks!!!

  13. Is it me or does this look like the most amazing froth on top of a great coffee. Cheesecake + nutella. Like peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwiches, its just good!!!

  14. I’ve done some this saturday. It was absolutly delicious and my family loved it! Thank you

  15. These look so gorgeous! Can’t wait to try them tonight ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Fabulous idea and looks so delicious. On my list to try!

  17. This is seriously looking to be my downfall! Anything with cream cheese… and paired with Nutella. Are you kidding me??? The next time I make these, the whole pan minus 1 (well, maybe 2 or 3) will be going to the neighbors!!!

  18. WOW! I love Nutella! Great post…

  19. These sound amazing – thanks for sharing!

  20. That looks awesome! I will definitely try! Nutella can be so good in desserts!

  21. i made these last weekend and loved them, but I’m wondering if you have any suggestions for dropping, swirling the nutella? I found that part difficult. Thank you!

    • Emily, I found it worked best if I dropped the Nutella in very small dollops all over the top. Larger dollops are a bit too hard to swirl effectively.

  22. Made these for my nephew’s birthday. He loves Nutella. Huge success! Delicious!!!!

  23. These look delicious! Just wondered – If I wanted to make these in an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 pan, would I half the recipe? /thank you!

  24. I stubbled upon this blog yesterday and I was like a kid in a candy store. I couldn’t decide what to try first and when I came across this recipe(Who in the world doesn’t love Nutella and cheesecake?) I could not resist. I made a mad dash to the store to pick up cream cheese and got to work. The directions were clear and easy to follow and everything came together so well!! My house smelled amazing and these are simply divine! Thank you for sharing this recipe. It is a new family favorite. I can’t wait to try other recipes!

  25. I make a Nutella pie with only nutella and 5 eggs, I think adding cream cheese to the recipe would be great! In fact I am headed to my kitchen now to make it!!!๐Ÿ˜

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