Noir Bars

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Source: Sugarcrafter


Noir Bars

Chocolate cookie base:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup semisweet baking chocolate, melted

Chocolate cheesecake filling:
3/4 cup dark baking chocolate, cut into chunks
2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese
1 stick butter, divided (2 Tbsp + 6 Tbsp)
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Ganache:
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 Tbsp instant coffee or espresso


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a medium-sized bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Combine the rest of the cookie base ingredients and stir until well-blended.

Spread the cookie dough in the bottom of a greased 13×9″ pan and bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Remove from the oven and cool completely (about 30 minutes).

In the meantime, melt 2 Tbsp of the butter and 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips in a sauce pan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Set aside. Using an electric mixer, cream the remaining 6 Tbsp butter with the cream cheese in a large bowl. Beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla, and then beat in the cooled chocolate mix.

Spoon the filling over the cooled cookie base. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, approximately 2 hours.

For the ganache, heat the cream, chocolate, butter, and instant coffee over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth.

Cool until lukewarm and then pour over the filling.

Refrigerate uncovered until set, about 2 hours. Store covered in the refrigerator.