Friday, January 7, 2011

Light(ish) Chocolate Cheesecake Squares

 
Alright, they're not exactly diet food, but if you have a hankerin' for chocolate cheesecake without too much guilt, you're going to LOVE these babies!

These bars are really easy to make, but if your boys are like mine, they'll take one bite and think you are a domestic goddess.  I like that.

Light(ish) Chocolate Cheesecake Squares
{adapted from Everyday Food magazine, Jan 2004}
makes 9 squares

shortening for pan
8 chocolate wafer cookies
8 oz  (1/3 less fat, or reduced fat) cream cheese
1 c. reduced-fat sour cream
1/3 c. dutch-process cocoa (regular is fine, too)
1/2 tsp. espresso powder (optional)
2 TBSP cornstarch
3/4 c. sugar
1 egg
1 egg white
1/3 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven 325.  Coat an 8x8" baking pan with shortening.  Line with 2 criss-crossed sheets of parchment, coating the with shortening between sheets.  Coat the top sheet with shortening.

{Here is one sheet coated.  Lay another sheet in opposite direction on top and coat that one as well.}

Process wafers in a food processor until finely ground.

{Chocolate wafers....in my store, they are near the ice cream, not in the cookie section.  You can substitute Oreos.  What you do with the cream filling is your secret.}
 
Press the crumbs into the bottom of the prepared pan. 

Without rinsing the processor bowl, process the cream cheese and sour cream until blended.  Scrape down the sides and bottom as needed. Add the cocoa, espresso powder, cornstarch, sugar, egg and egg white; blend until smooth and combined.

{This is the Hershey dutch-process cocoa. It's labeled as "Special Dark."}

Pour into the prepared pan.  Sprinkle with chocolate chips.

Bake 35-40 minutes, just until set.

Cool completely in the pan set on a wire rack.  Refrigerate at least one hour.

Lift out of the pan using the parchment.  Cut into squares. (I love using my bench scraper for cutting bars like this.)

Enjoy!
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62 comments:

  1. Beautiful!!! And yes, I have a hankering for them. Right now. And every day of my life forever and ever. :)

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  2. Oh wow these look good! Maybe I'll make them after a little more "holiday pounds" go away =)

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  3. Light? This means I can eat 5 or 6 at a time, right? ;)

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  4. Bridget!!

    These look GORGEOUS!!

    And yummy. :)

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  5. Mmmmmm♥ This looks sooooo good!! I'd pretend to not see the chocolate wafers, buy the oreos, and lick all the cream off as a pre-snack :P haha

    xoxo
    Ai

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  6. These look delicious and if they are "light" even better.

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  7. It's not only your fellas that think you are a domestic godness! (Hope that doesn't come across as too weird LOL) These look so good.

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  8. I have a bizarre obsession with all things made with Nabisco's Famous Chocolate Wafers. I heart Nabisco's Famous Chocolate Wafers. I shall try this. :)

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  9. Chocolaty goodness! They look delicious. :)

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  10. Ok, that might satisfy my chocolate and cheesecake craving! I will remember that next time!

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  11. these look delicious! cant wait to try these out

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  12. Oh my. The intense chocolatey look brought a little bitty tear to my eye, but can I just say "light(ish)" my foot?!

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  13. These are a chocolate lovers dream! And they are much lighter than other versions. I'm making these for my kiddos this weekend.

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  14. oh, those are beautiful. I want one now!

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  15. I"m sure this would satisfy the hankering for sugar and/or chocolate without feeling too much angst:) Thanks!

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  16. Great! I'll be trying these for sure. Thanks.

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  17. Holy yum. Wow...those are gorgeous. I think I know what I'm making this weekend!

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  18. These look perfect for a chocolate craving without too much guilt!

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  19. I love it when people think I'm a domestic goddess! I'd better make these in a hurry!

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  20. Ha ha I don't think there are any secrets about what I would do with the Oreo filling. Looks good.

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  21. Drooling all over myself here.

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  22. Oh, I love light(ish) and health(ier) desserts! Zero guilt is the way to go. :)

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  23. Mmm...those look wonderful. I like how you've lightened it up a bit. That means I can have double right? Ehehehe.

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  24. Oh dear, I do hope these are light 'cause they look too good to not try. YUM!

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  25. These look wonderful! I love how you call them "lightish". Will be sharing on FB:-)

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  26. Light or not light...they look darn good and worth it!!

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  27. Cheesecake squares?? yummy, it sounds delicious, and it looks even better! :)

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  28. Those looks great and they're not bad at all!! We all need a little sweet in our lives anyways:)

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  29. These look gorgeous, though I'm probably going to substitute full-fat! I think desserts should be an indulgence, no lo fat for me!

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    1. Lol...my thoughts exactly!

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  30. I'm craving chocolate right now and this may do the trick!!

    Love it! Thanks Bridget!

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  31. Cheescake and chocolate made into a square, what a treat! This is a great recipe for a sweet tooth!

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  32. These look really yummy! I just subscribed to Everyday Food, so I'm excited to see more delicious recipes :)

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  33. Those look amazing! Can't wait to try! My blog is http://ohtheplacesfallingup.blogspot.com/ I am an aspiring baker!

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  35. Nyam!!! de un mordisco me lo comía todo!!!
    Mglòria de Gourmenderies

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  36. light cheesecake...sounds too good to be true! I'm in!!!

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  37. Yum yum, I love it! Bookmarking it for later when a chocolate craving hits!!

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  38. Yum! This looks heavenly and fat free right! :o) I wish - have a great week! New follower here :o)

    Nancy with http://myurbancorner.blogspot.com/

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  39. These really do look delicious, Bridget. I'm new to your blog and this recipe was a perfect introduction. I really like the food and recipes you feature here. I'll definitely be back. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  41. Wonderful! so so tasty and so beautiful. Delicious!

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  42. These look sinfully delicious! Yum!

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  43. You have me motivated to make a yummy 'light' dessert today!

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  44. These look incredible... I need to get back in the kitchen ASAP so that I can make them.

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  45. These look too good! But not good for my diet. Cheating may be in order! New to your site from Pink Little Cake. Coming back for some cookie idea!

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  46. YUMMMMMMMMM~ these look amazing :)

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  47. three weeks ago i have problem which is typical of all of us ! what to do and how to go on living, I cant understand ((I have stopped smiling at ALL!!!! :( yes!!,i have bad looking teeth because of heredity ... why I? Teeth is the first thing you see when talk everybody,or doing something like this, I have found a solution in putting lumineers ! and i can say it has 100%result!!,now i know i promise you!

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  48. Oh my, oh my! These look absolutely wonderful, Bridget. I haven't even made them and I can promise that I love them. Cheesecake. Chocolate. OH!

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  49. Wow!Chocolatey Cheezy Cake.Yummy!

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  50. I am planning to make this today! I am now pretty excited. I hope mine will turn out like yours.

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