Chocolate Cheesecake Bars with Butterscotch Chips and Brownie Brittle Crust {Lightened Up}

These chocolate cheesecake bars have a Brownie Brittle crust and are packed with butterscotch chips. You would never know they are healthier!

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The best day of the year is finally upon our taste budz.

It’s National Cheesecake Day Ya’ll! Y to the ES!

If you’ve been around FFF longer than about 30 seconds, you would know that I could live in a house made of cheesecake, and be one very happy lady.

One very single lady (I don’t think Mr.FFF wants to live in cheesecake house) but, nonetheless, happy.

We’ve eaten mini cheesecakes, cheesecake stuffed inside of quinoa bites, and we have even eaten it FOR BREAKFAST, in our oatmeal.

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My name is Taylor and I am a cheesecake-aholic.  Do they make a 12 step program for that? I should ask Google.

What better way to celebrate an ongoing love affair than by pairing it with a more current love affair?

Yep. Cheesecake WITH Brownie Brittle. It is happening to your faces RIGHT HERE.

Ya’ll LOVED the Freezer Pops SO much that I knew I had to give some more tasty, Brownie Brittle Treats.

Except, this time, we went a little (read: a lot) heavier on the chocolate factor.

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You’re welcome.

I decided to make the crust entirely from Brownie Brittle (and some sugar and butter because: yum) to give it that little extra CRUNCH factor that the creamy, cheesecake topping needed.

Do you hear that? Crunchy, creamy….chocolate.

The 3 C’s of perfection. And texture. And love.

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Like most recipes, I made the Huberoni bring these to work to test them on his co-workers.  We both went googly-eyed for them, but it’s nice to hear that other people’s eyeballs also wandered into googly territory over your food, you know?

Side note: Please tell me I was not the only one that stuck those plastic googly eyes on ALL THE THINGS as a child? Pretty sure that my pencil case had about eleventy billion eyeballs in grade 6.

Back to cheesecake.

I am happy to report back that there were threats of Mr. FFF losing his job if he didn’t come to work his next shift with more cheesecake bars.

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I might be over-exaggerating slightly, HOW-EV-ER, they were a hyooge hit!

I mean, with crunchy Brownie Brittle bottom, creamy cheesecake and a whole lotta choco-lata, how could they not be?

Protip: If you want to be the most awesome person at the National Cheesecake Celebration party that I know you’re going to tonight, bring these.

Protip, the sequel: Skip the party and eat the whole batch yourself.

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No sharing.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Chocolate Cheesecake Bars with Butterscotch Chips and Brownie Brittle Crust {Lightened Up}
 
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Serves: 12 bars
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Crushed Salted Caramel Brownie Brittle (About 3 cups whole)
  • ¼ Cup Granulated sugar
  • ¼ Cup Butter, melted
  • For the cheesecake topping:
  • 8 oz Reduced-fat cream cheese
  • ¼ Cup + 3 Tbsp Granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp All purpose flour
  • 2 Oz Semi-sweet chocolate
  • ½ tsp Vanilla extract
  • ¼ Cup + 2 Tbsp Non-fat, Plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Large egg white
  • ¼ Cup + 2 Tbsp Butterscotch chips
  • ¼ Cup crushed Salted Caramel Brownie Brittle, for topping
Instructions
  1. Begin by lining an 8 inch baking pan with tinfoil (shiny side down!) and grease it with a little cooking spray. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a food processor, crush the Brownie Brittle until it is nice and fine. You should have about 1 cup after it has been crushed.
  3. Take the crumbs and mix them with the sugar in a medium bowl. Add in the melted butter and really stir to coat the crumbs evenly. I found it worked the best to just get my hands in there and mix it up.
  4. Press the Brownie Brittle/butter crumb mixture into the prepared baking pan, making sure to really pack it down tightly and evenly.
  5. Bake until the edges of the crust begin to just harden, about 20 minutes. The crust will seem under-baked, but it hardens a lot as it cools!
  6. In a large bowl, beat together the softened cream cheese and sugar until it’s light and fluffy. Beat in the flour until it is just well combined –be careful not to over-mix and add in too much air as this causes cracks in your cheesecake! It only takes a minute or so to combine the flour.
  7. Melt the chocolate in a small microwave-safe bowl. I find it works the best to use 50% power and microwave using 20 second intervals, stirring between each interval, until the chocolate is smooth and melted.
  8. Stir the chocolate, vanilla, Greek yogurt and egg white into the cheesecake mixture. Beat until just combined and then fold in the butterscotch chips.
  9. Pour the cheesecake on top of the baked crust and smooth out. Sprinkle the top with the remaining Brownie Brittle and bake until the cheesecake just feels set, about 25-30 minutes. The center may look slightly jiggly, this is normal. You don’t want to over-bake it, as that also causes cracks.
  10. Let the cheesecake cool for 20 minutes and then transfer to the refrigerator for AT LEAST 3 hours – to overnight. I know it’s hard to wait, but DO IT.
  11. Once cooled, lift the cheesecake out of the pan with the tinfoil and slice into bars.
  12. DEVOUR.

 

This post is sponsored by Brownie Brittle. All opinions are my own.

 

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Comments

  1. says

    I must thank you for enlightening me to the fact that today is National Cheesecake Day—I just might have gone through the day without having any cheesecake and that would have just been WRONG. That being said, I REAAALLY need someone to come make me these bars. Hooooly cow, it’s not even 6:30am and you have no idea how badly I’m craving these. Could that brownie crust and luscious choc cheesecake layer get any more PERFECT?! (obsessing over your pics too, girl!) Pinned. :)

    • Taylor Kiser says

      Sarah, that would be wrong on SO many levels! I am so glad that I have saved you from such a fate!
      You are always the sweetest and your comments make my day. I wish that I could come over and make them for you…and then eat them together!! :D

  2. says

    Ha ha I totally remember those googly eyes! I still think they’re funny today! :) I am totally in love with this cheesecake, Taylor! I’m addicted to Brownie Brittle, so I love that you made a brownie brittle crust! Pinned!

    • Taylor Kiser says

      I am so glad that I am not the only one!!
      Thanks so much Gayle, you are totally going to love these then!! :D

  3. says

    Ok, I totally need to throw a Cheesecake party so that I can make these and celebrate!! I might be the only person in attendance though. Does that count as a party? I’m not so sure. But it does mean I can eat all of these by myself :)

    • Taylor Kiser says

      Um yes you do!
      I think being the only one invited is the best possible idea. No sharing! Thanks lady!

  4. Carla says

    YUMMMM! Saw Brownie Brittle @ Bed Bath & Beyond but also found it @ my little town grocery store, here in Kansas, it was on sale :) & I had 3 flavored to pick from! I got the Toffee Crunch! And I love it & cheesecake! Thanks Taylor! :)

  5. says

    Oh my goodness – I really need a job at where your hubberoni works for one reason and one reason only – devouring -with googly eyes wide open- your treats such as these!
    These are insane Taylor! I would be willing to forget (for a moment) that lactose is not my friend and gobble up a tray of these – bet I could clear your hubberoni’s whole floor – leaving ALL the chocolate cheesecake bars for ME!!!! OOh there ARE advantages to this lactose intolerance thing! :)

    P.S. – Nope, you were not alone in your obsession with those googly eyed stickers – when I was around 8 I tried super gluing them onto my dog -ugh!

    • Taylor Kiser says

      Haha! Well I think you would make a GREAT nurse, so I’ll tell him to put a good word in for you! ;)
      I love your ability to see the silver lining in problems, I think that is a brilliant plan girlfriend! Thanks so much!
      P.s OMG THAT SERIOUSLY MADE MY LIFE. that is HILARIOUS!
      Except, not for the dog.

  6. says

    I kneeeeew you’d be posting a cheesecake recipe on National Cheesecake Day! It’s like I’m in your brain! It’s completely acceptable to walk around with a tray of cheesecake bars on NCD, right?

    • Taylor Kiser says

      I would love nothing better than to be a brain twin with you! You know me so well!
      Um yes. If you didn’t, I would un-brain twin you! ;)

  7. says

    Uh, how did I not know it was National Cheesecake Day?! Talk about an egregious error…I guess I’ll just have to make two batches of these cheesecake bars to make up for it! Also, I would totally join you in a house made of cheesecake :P

    • Taylor Kiser says

      That is a TERRIBLE ERROR! But, it sounds like you have a VERY good plan B! ;)
      I am also very glad to have a roommate! Now, how to tell the hubs! Thanks girl!

  8. says

    I’ll be joining you in the 12 step cheesecake-aholic program! Love these chocolate cheesecake bars. The brownie brittle crust and the butterscotch chips added in are genius! I could totally eat a whole pan of these myself..no shame!

    • Taylor Kiser says

      Yes! A girl needs a support system for this kind of addiction, we can do it together ;)
      But, before we join the program, let’s definitely do the eat the whole pan idea! Thanks lady! :D

  9. says

    Do not ask Google – no need to cure yourself from your cheesecake addiction :)! These bars look insane, and then you tell me they are low fat?! Pretty much the best thing ever! Pinning! Happy Cheesecake Day!

    • Taylor Kiser says

      Yes! I need sistah in cheesecake crime!
      are you back now?!!?! SO EXCITED FOR YOU…and the fact that you can eat real food again! Thanks girl!

  10. says

    Taylor! My eyes definitely wandered into googly territory just over the photos of these! I can barely imagine the brain exploding deliciousness that will happen when I finally make them!
    I love sending baked goods to work with the man as well. Test bunnies who just think I am a super nice girlfriend….hehehe… (also, threats of job loss have happened in his office too, it’s always the chocolaty treats, right?).

    • Taylor Kiser says

      Haha I am SO happy that you understand my lingo Amo!
      I am also happy that I am not the only one disguising testing as being the nice wife ;) Great minds….
      Thanks girl!

  11. says

    CAN YOU BELIEVE I COMPLETELY MISSED NATIONAL CHEESECAKE DAY????
    Anyway question number two: CAN I MOVE TO THAT CHEESECAKE MANSION WITH YOU?
    Sorry for the caps, by the way. Cheesecake = excitement all over the place.
    Eeeeerrrr these bars. They look like the most perfect thing I have ever seen. I waaaaant them NOW!

    • Taylor Kiser says

      HOW COULD YOU DO SUCH A TERRIBLE THING!!
      And YES PLEASE, we would have ALL THE FUN! I understand the caps. It’s ok.
      Thanks girlfriend!! :D

  12. says

    Ok, my husband literally pushed me out of the way on the couch to see these…he’s like ‘I like cheesecake, hey, are you making me cheesecake for my birthday, make me these’ lol, guess his wish is my command for his upcoming bday, right?
    These look amazing girl!

    • Taylor Kiser says

      HAHA that is TOO FUNNY. I like the way he thinks though, these would be one awesome Birthday treat! ;)
      Thanks friend! xoxo

  13. says

    Um, we could totally be cheesecake house roomies. Because I, too, would live in a house made of cheesecake. Except that might mean that I would find myself homeless as I have no self control around cheesecake. It’s among my “last meal on Earth” must-haves. Anyway, I’m totally making these this weekend for a friend’s going away party. Because if someone must move away then the least I can do is stuff them with cheesecake, right? ;)

    • Taylor Kiser says

      Well, in that case, we could be homeless together right? I also lack self control and cheesecake is also on my last-meal-on-earth list! so I think this roomie idea is perfect! ;)
      You are a good friend, fo’ realz. I hope you love them! Let me know :) Thanks lady!

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