Nutella Cheesecake Squares

Happy World Nutella Day! There aren’t many things in this world that are perfect. Nutella may be an exclusion. It’s both creamy and thick and such a wonderful combination of sweet and earthy flavors, my taste buds get excited just thinking about it. If you haven’t tried nutella, you need to (today). If you have and you didn’t like it, we can’t be friends (just kidding. maybe). I’ve made quite a few nutella recipes since I started this blog back in the Spring of ’09 and while its hard to choose a favorite, these nutella cheesecake squares may be mine. I’ve noticed that with many nutella recipes, the heavenly flavor of nutella becomes overpowered by the other ingredients or baking processes leaving the final flavor lackluster. Not these cheesecake squares. The nutella flavor shines through in a rich, creamy, bite sized way.

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And if you haven’t already, check out Paula’s new website Bella Nutella for an array of tasty nutella recipes accompanied by pretty pictures. 

Recipe Rundown
Taste: I doubled the amount of nutella from the original recipe and boy am I glad I did. These bars are brimming with perfect chocolate-hazlenut flavor. I’ve noticed that with many baked treats that include nutella, the flavor gets clouded and doesn’t stand out. Not with these cheesecake bars.
Texture: Creamy, oh so creamy. And the crust is buttery with a slight crunch. I love homemade cookie crusts.

Ease: Much easier than making a traditional cheesecake in a springform pan in a water bath.
Appearance: Deeply chocolate-hued bars of luscious cream cheese. These are just begging to be bitten into.
Pros: To die for flavor and texture. Not too mention easier than traditional cheesecake.
Cons: Not exactly health food.  
Would I make this again? Oh yes.

Nutella Cheesecake Squares
Makes 8 large or 16 small bars
Adapted from Cookie Madness

Crust:
• 20 chocolate wafer cookies
• 2 tablespoons sugar
• 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
Filling:
• 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
• 1/2 cup sour cream
• ¼ cup brown sugar
• ¼ cup granulated sugar
• 1 cup nutella
• 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
• ½ teaspoon vanilla
• 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
• 1 large egg
• 2 tablespoons cornstarch
• 2 teaspoons Frangelico (hazlenut liquor)

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line the inside of an 8 inch square metal pan with non-stick foil. Using a food processor, pulse sugar and cookie crumbs until finely ground. Add butter and pulse until moistened and similar to the consistency of wet sand. Press mixture into bottom of pan.

2. Wipe processor bowl clean and add cream cheese and sour cream; process until smooth, scraping side of bowl as needed, then add both sugars, Nutella, cocoa powder, vanilla and espresso powder; process until well mixed. Scrape sides of bowl and add egg and cornstarch and pulse to mix, then add Frangelico and pulse to mix again. Pour over cookie crust.

3. Bake on center rack for 35-40 minutes. Cool completely, cover, and place pan in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to chill. Grasp foil, lift from pan, place on a cutting board and using a sharp knife, slice into bars. For cleaner cuts, dip knife in hot water and wipe between cuts.

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23 Responses to “Nutella Cheesecake Squares”

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    A Thought For Food — February 5, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Why haven't I heard of Nutella cheesecake before? It's a brilliant idea! These look so rich… just as they should be.

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    Melissa — February 5, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    You're right…Nutella is perfect.

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    Privatestock — February 6, 2011 at 12:52 am

    BRILLIANT – WOW COULD I USE A BROWNIE RIGHT NOW! Great recipe- thanks!

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    sweetpeaskitchen.com — February 6, 2011 at 2:38 am

    OMG….I wish I had one right now! Nutella and cheesecake together?! Love it! :)

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    Chef Dennis — February 6, 2011 at 3:58 am

    those nutella cheesecake squares look so creamy and delicious….truly a decadent dessert!
    thanks for sharing your incredible creation!
    Dennis

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    Cookin' Canuck — February 6, 2011 at 4:47 am

    Now THIS is the way to use Nutella. These look absolutely fantastic.

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    asugarcoatedink — February 6, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Cheesecake and nutella… that is brilliant.

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    musketnuss — February 6, 2011 at 8:43 am

    They look fabulous! I'm sure that's a really really great way to use Nutella – If the jar just wouldn't be always almost empty… :) Thanks for the recipe!

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    Paula — February 6, 2011 at 11:04 am

    when I`m looking at this I`m really hungry :) with such delicious combo it must be awesome! I`m so glad I found your blog and I`m going to stop by your blog more often :)

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    Stephanie — February 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    hoooboy, that looks decadent and amazing!!

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    eatandbehappy — February 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    If there is a more perfect way to have Nutella than this Nutella cheesecake, I seriously don't wanna know it!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — February 6, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Oh my GOODness…Cheesecake Squares, NUTELLA cheesecake squares, I'll take a dozen please ; ) Thanks so much for including our baby bella nutella ; )Mwah! xoxo

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — February 7, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Love these! I was just contemplating Nutella cheesecake the other day. These look amazing.

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    justcooknyc.com — February 8, 2011 at 3:31 am

    i totally missed out on posting something for nutella day… darn. this recipe is totally up my alley though. the cream cheese and nutella combination sounds perfect.

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    Jennifer — February 8, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Nutella bliss! These look sooo yummy!

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    Jenraposo — September 28, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    My daughter is 13, and made the nutella-swirl cheesecake a couple of times and i love it so much, i want her to make it again for a baby shower. she's become a pro at it. Love the recipe. thank you.

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    Esther — January 17, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    I may just cry! Looks so delicious! Hmmm I wonder how weight watchers points plus values per piece? I'll game to check and make these for valentines day for sure!

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    Esther — January 17, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    *have to check*

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    Shopping for Savings — January 18, 2012 at 5:18 am

    These look amazing!
    What do you suggest to use for the “chocolate wafer cookies”?
    Thanks!

    • handleheat replied: — January 19th, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

      Some grocery stores have just plain chocolate wafer cookies near the cookie and snack items. If you can't find those I've used chocolate Teddy Grahams or something similar.

      • Chanelle replied: — January 31st, 2012 @ 2:09 am

        I'm thinking I'll use chocolate creme Tim Tams. The malted chocolate w/nutella will be killer!

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    Sonya — February 5, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Just wanted to thank you for another fabulous recipe. Made one pan for work and made pan one for home. How did you know I had extra creamcheese and nutella in my house? The bars were a huge with my co-workers and my husband.

    Thanks!

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