Easier and Quicker than Cheesecake: Cheesecake Bars

You’ve probably heard of the Instant Pot ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

But these simple & easy to follow recipes work with any pressure cooker! All pressure cookers work on the same, simple principle: Steam pressure.

Within the sealed pot, the steam builds up therein to a very high pressure, which helps food cook much faster than other traditional methods, such as with crock pots and or ovens!

Smooth, creamy Cheesecake Bars are the quicker and more portable version of my well-loved cheesecake. My recipe includes a fudgy chocolate ganache topping to take these to the next level!

Recipe: https://sugarspunrun.com/cheesecake-bars/

1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs (170g)
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon light brown sugar, firmly packed
7 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
24 oz cream cheese, softened (use brick-style full-fat cream cheese) (680g)
1 cup granulated sugar (200g)
½ cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 big eggs, room temperature preferred
Ganache (optional)
4 oz semisweet or dark chocolate, finely chopped (may substitute chocolate chips, no chopping needed) (113g)
½ cup heavy cream (118ml)

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00:00 Introduction
00:14 Preheat oven to 325F (165C) and line a 9×9” baking pan with parchment paper or foil (optional). Set aside.
00:20 Stir together graham cracker crumbs and sugars until combined.
00:34 Add melted butter and stir until all crumbs are moistened.
00:43 Press crumbs evenly into the bottom of prepared baking pan and set aside (no need to pre-bake before adding cheesecake batter).
01:39 Combine cream cheese and sugar in big mixing bowl (or in bowl of stand mixer) and use an electric mixer (or paddle attachment on mixer) to beat on medium-speed until smooth, creamy, and lump-free.
02:18 Add sour cream and vanilla extract and stir on low-speed until combined.
02:36 Lightly scramble one egg with a fork then add it to the cheesecake batter and stir on low-speed until just-combined. Repeat with remaining eggs. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure all ingredients are evenly combined.
03:18 Pour batter evenly over graham cracker crust in prepared baking pan.
03:28 Transfer to the center rack of 325F (165C) preheated oven and bake for 35-45 minutes or until cheesecake is almost set (the center will still have some jiggle but will mostly be set, the edges may have puffed a bit, and if you lightly touch the center with your finger it should spring back to the touch).
03:54 Allow cheesecake to cool to room temperature then transfer to refrigerator to cool completely, at least 5-6 hours, preferably overnight.
04:06 After cheesecake has completely chilled, top with chocolate ganache if desired.
04:15 put chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Pour cream into small saucepan and heat over medium heat. As soon as you see the cream beginning to simmer, remove from heat and pour evenly over chocolate. do not stir, just cover the bowl with foil and allow to sit for 5 minutes undisturbed.
04:52 Remove foil and gently whisk ingredients together until chocolate is smooth and completely melted.
05:09 Pour evenly over cheesecake bars, using a spatula to smooth if important. Transfer to refrigerator until ganache has set (about 15-20 minutes) then cut into squares and serve.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Cheesecake bars may also be wrapped and frozen for up to 3 months.
Chocolate version
See my recipe for chocolate cheesecake bars: https://sugarspunrun.com/chocolate-cheesecake-bars/
Mini cheesecakes
See my recipe for mini cheesecakes: https://sugarspunrun.com/mini-cheesecakes/

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