Nutella Swirl Cheesecake Bars

makes 16 bars


Crust:

12 full sheet graham crackers, finely crushed (or 1.5 cups crumbs)

6 TB melted unsalted butter

1/3 cup sugar


Filling:

16 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

1 egg

1/4 cup sugar

2 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup Nutella, slightly warmed (makes it easier to swirl)


Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8x8 baking pan with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.

Make the Crust:

In a medium bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar. Press into lined pan. Bake 5 min. Allow to cool as you prepare the filling.

Make the Filling:

Beat cream cheese, egg, sugar, and vanilla with a hand blender or stand mixer until smooth and creamy, about 3 min. Spoon filling onto the crust and spread out evenly. Drop large spoonfuls of Nutella on top of the filling and swirl gently with a knife.

Bake 30-35 min. or until the cheesecake has set up and the edges are lightly browned. The bars will be very puffy, but will sink slightly as they cool. Allow to cool for 30 min. at room temp. on a wire rack and then chill in the refrigerator at least 3 hours. 

Lift foil out of pan carefully and cut into bars. Store covered in the refrigerator if you have any leftovers (ha!).


Recipe Courtesy of: KitchenJoyBlog.blogspot.com