Great Tasting Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

Written by Roar Elias

Ever heard of chocolate chip cheesecake?

Since chocolate chips were invented, it has made the baker's life a whole lot easier. In fact, from these little morsels, people have been creating a variety of things that come straight from the oven or have simply been set in the refrigerator. You can go a lot further than good old chocolate chip cookies. Now we have chunks of chocolate in brownies, we can mix them in with ice cream or use them to make a classic muffin or a cup cake. One of the things that I found to be a real delight is chocolate chip cheesecake.

Now, this fine treat can be made in a variety of ways. You can make little cakes in muffin tins. You can use your normal cheesecake recipe and then add in the chocolate chips or you can get fancy with a ganache. You can even use white chocolate with a swirl of raspberries on the top. One thing that you shouldn't do is to use your premixed all-American brand, which many people do. Of course, this is so convenient, but are you a creative chef, trying to learn about how to use ingredients in different ways or do you just want to make instant dessert? The choice is yours. I can tell you that you will definitely be able to taste the difference if you make this yourself.

Using good quality chocolate is also something that many people forget about. Don't go out and buy yourself a bag of those cheap chocolate chips. Rather buy yourself a bar of good quality chocolate. Cut your chocolate into different sized pieces, some big and some small to create some variation.

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

Like I said before, there is so much you can do to a cheesecake, with the use of these chips and this is just one of the things. Don't always think of a cheesecake as an actual cake. Go deeper than that.

Ingredients

  • 8 graham crackers, crumbed
  • 10 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  • 10 ounces cream cheese
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F / 180 degrees C and lightly grease and line a tray parchment paper.
  2. -Add the crackers and 5 tablespoons of the melted butter together until the crackers are well coated. Press this mixture down into the pan and bake for about 5 minutes or until just browned. Now you can let it cool.
  3. Stir the rest of the butter together with the brown sugar until it has combined well and gives a smooth texture. Now add the flour, vanilla and the chocolate chips. Refrigerate this until it is firm.
  4. Take a teaspoon to roll the dough into that sort of size, into balls and put it on a plate and into the refrigerator. Now you can start with the filling.
  5. Beat the granulated sugar and the cream cheese together until you get a smooth texture and then add the egg and the vanilla extract, mixing until everything is combined.
  6. Now take the cookie dough out of the fridge and drop these into the filling. Mix this together. Pour this over the crust.
  7. Bake this for about 30 minutes or when you see the filling is set. It shouldn't wobble. Let this cool. It must for another 2 hours in the refrigerator before you serve it.
  8. Lift everything out with the help of the parchment paper and put it flat on a cutting board ready to cut into squares. At this stage you can drizzle some melted chocolate over the top as something extra special.

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