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Austrian Chocolate Cream Cheese Bars

Austrian Chocolate Cream Cheese Bars is a decadent dessert that is perfect for holiday gatherings or potlucks. Chocolate and cream cheese are the stars of the recipe.

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According to my husband, these Chocolate Cream Cheese Bars are the best bars he has ever eaten in his life. I have to recognize that these are some of the best I have ever tried in my life.

This is an old recipe I found among the other million recipes I own. I am sure you know what I am talking about.

Yeah, the recipes you collect and think that you will make one of these days, but you can’t today because you don’t have cream cheese in the fridge, pecans, or whatever ingredient you need.

My collection is growing. As a food blogger, I think I might need another lifetime to make all the recipes I fell in love with and share them with you.

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Let’s talk about what ingredients you need for this recipe:

The chocolate cream cheese bars have multiple layers of heaven: the crust, the cream cheese mixture, the chocolate topping and the pecans. I am going to describe the ingredients for each layer.

Ingredients for the crust:

  • All-purpose flour- this is the most common flour used in the US. I would not use self-rising flour because it contains baking soda that we don’t need in the recipe.
  • Dark brown sugar– dark brown sugar will bring another level of sophistication to these bars, but if you don’t have it, replace it with light brown sugar or even granulated. The taste will be a little bit different, as you already know.
  • Cinnamon powder– use good quality cinnamon for best results.
  • Unsalted butter is what you need here. Salted butter will alter the bars’ taste, but if you have no other choice, I am not going to look. 👀

Ingredients for the topping:

  • Cream cheese– no fat-free or reduced-fat, please
  • All-purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Large eggs
  • Semisweet chocolate chips- if you can afford to buy a good brand, you will be amazed by the difference in taste and quality.

Ingredients for the glaze:

  • Semisweet chocolate chips
  • Chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted

How To Make These Austrian Chocolate Cream Cheese Bars:

The pan:

I made them in a 13×9 inches pan. You will end up with a ton of bars, especially if you cut them into smaller pieces.

You have to cut them small, as they are pretty sweet and satisfying, very rich and delicious. The bars actually taste like a candy bar, a very, very good candy bar.

The Crust:

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter. 

Beat at medium speed for about 2 minutes or until crumbly and well blended. Obviously, a food processor would do the job faster if you have one, but don’t stress out; use what you have.

Press mixture into a 13×9 inch pan and bake for 12 minutes; remove from the oven.

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Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, flour, and eggs at medium speed until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips. 

Pour the cream mixture over the partially baked crust.

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It should look something like this:

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Bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until the topping is almost set. Remove from the oven.

Immediately sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips over the top. Return to oven for 1 minute to melt the chips.

Remove from the oven.

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Gently spread melted chips over the top. Sprinkle with nuts, lightly pressing them into the chocolate.

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Refrigerate for an hour. Cut into bars and serve.

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Store in the refrigerator. You will end up with 36 bars.

NOTE: Watch your time and make sure to cut into bars as directed before cooling completely. The crust becomes quite firm, and it is difficult to cut through when thoroughly chilled.

Chocolate, cream cheese, more chocolate, and nuts, right out of the fridge, the bars taste like a candy bar. Heaven in your mouth!

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An excellent recipe for potlucks, Christmas, or any holiday celebration, these bars will be the star of the party!

Interested in more recipes for bars?

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Austrian Chocolate Cream Cheese Bars

Austrian Chocolate Cream Cheese Bars is a decadent dessert that is perfect for holiday gatherings or potlucks. Chocolate and cream cheese are the stars of the recipe.
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Course: Bars
Cuisine: Austrian
Keyword: Austrian chocolate bars, bars, Christmas, desserts, Easter, easy dessert, easy recipes, holidays
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 33 minutes
Total Time: 53 minutes
Servings: 36 bars
Calories: 168kcal

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • cup unsalted butter softened

For the topping:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

For the glaze:

  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans or walnuts toasted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter.
  • Beat at medium speed for about 2 minutes or until crumbly and well blended. A food processor is good as well.
  • Press mixture into an ungreased 13×9 inch pan.
  • Bake for 12 minutes; remove from the oven.
  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, two tablespoons of flour, and eggs at medium speed until smooth.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Pour the cream mixture over the partially baked crust.
  • Bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until the topping is almost set.
  • Remove from the oven. Immediately sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips over the top. Return to oven for 1 minute to melt the chips.
  • Remove from the oven. Gently spread melted chips over the top. Sprinkle with nuts, lightly pressing them into the chocolate.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator. Makes 36 bars.
  • NOTE: Watch your time and be sure to cut into bars as directed before cooling completely. The crust becomes quite firm, and it is difficult to cut through when fully chilled.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 209IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
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