Kit Kat Cheesecake Bars

Let’s kick start the new year with this easy Kit Kat Cheesecake Bar. It’s a full fat cheesecake bar. No skinny or dieting resolutions here. Although you can easily make this “skinny” with low-fat cream cheese. Either way you go, start from bottom with a graham cracker crust then stack whole Kit Kat bars on top and layer it with a rich chocolate cheesecake. To finsh things off, pour a chocolate layer all over and then garnish or decorate to your liking.

Kit Kat Cheesecake Bars

Okay, truth be told, the chocolate layer on top wasn’t part of the original plan. The original plan was to have a white chocolate swirl, but that didn’t work out so well. My hand did too much swirling and it ended up looking like a “swirly” mess, so I covered that up with what you see.

I considered starting over but then realized if I did—I’d have two pans of cheesecake bars to eat, which usually isn’t a problem unless I’m lazy. As evident, I was lazy and improvised. Those little cream colored spots under the chocolate layer are peeks of the failed swirl.

Ah, well. Life can get like that right? Improvise where you can, when you can. At least that’s what I’m trying to convince myself when it comes to dessert, so I won’t waste so much food and time.

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope it was great holiday season for you. Now let’s get back to our cozy corner filled with butter, sugar and random thoughts.

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Easy Kit Kat Cheesecake Bars

Yield: Makes one 8x8 pan

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 8 tablespoons of butter

Chocolate cheese cake layer

  • 12 oz cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Hershey’s Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • ¾ cup Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 6 Kit Kat packages

Chocolate layer

  • 10oz. chocolate
  • 8 tablespoons butter

White chocolate striping

  • 4 oz white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Directions:

Preparation

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line pan with a sling foil.

To make crust

Place graham cracker crust and sugar in a bowl and toss to combine. Add in melted butter and mix to combine. Press mixture onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 7-10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool while making cheesecake portion.

To make chocolate cheesecake

Place all ingredients in a bowl and beat until fully combined and smooth; set aside. Place Kit Kat bars on top of crust. Pour cheesecake mixture over Kit Kat bars and bake for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees F. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

To make chocolate layer

  1. Place chocolate and butter in a heat proof bowl over (not on) simmering water, gently stir until chocolate is melted and butter is fully combined. Pour chocolate over baked cheesecake.
  2. Place white chocolate chips in a heat proof bowl. Boil heavy cream. Pour boiled heavy cream over chocolate and let sit. Do not stir for 3-4 minutes. Then using a sturdy spatula gently stir and fold chocolate, continuing until chocolate is completely melted. Chocolate may appear lumpy for the first few stirs, but will melt into smoothness. Transfer mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a number 2 round tip or a place mixture in a Ziploc bag and cut a small hole in one corner.
  3. Pipe white chocolate horizontally across from top to bottom. Use a toothpick and starting at the top drag the toothpick vertically through horizontal lines. Starting from the bottom drag the toothpick to the top. Continue to alternate starting points with toothpick.

A few notes:

  • For nice clean edges while cutting, run hot water over the knife’s blade and wipe away the moisture before cutting. Along with that, wipe the blade down between cuts.
  • This can be prepared 3 days in advance and stored tightly covered in the refrigerator.
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72 Responses to “Kit Kat Cheesecake Bars”

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    Kathia — January 3, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

    This looks heavenly! and I totally love the dark pictures. Thanks for sharing and Happy New year!!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — January 3, 2013 @ 7:21 pm

    Naomi, these are gorgeous cheesecake bars! All of the beautiful layers and the gorgeous swirl striping on top. I feel like kit kats are underrated. But they are truly one of my favorite chocolate bars. the crispity crunch gets me every time!

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    JulieD — January 3, 2013 @ 7:54 pm

    OMG love, I want like three of these right now, I think they would cure my cold, STAT!

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    ThisBakerGirlBlogs — January 3, 2013 @ 7:54 pm

    I would never have thought to combine kitkat with cheesecake … absolutely genius! :)

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    Amy — January 3, 2013 @ 8:16 pm

    These look irresistible! Your treats and photos are always stunning.

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    julia [life on churchill] — January 3, 2013 @ 9:20 pm

    amazing! I think the top chocolate layer looks great :)

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — January 3, 2013 @ 10:01 pm

    Now these are one way to kick off the New Year!! Love!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — January 3, 2013 @ 11:13 pm

    They’re perfect in every single way. I love kitkats and the fact that you incorporated them into such a beautiful and classy bar, well, speechless! Amazing!

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    the 3volution of j3nn — January 4, 2013 @ 1:31 am

    I always loved Kit Kats. These look too good to be true! Heavenly!

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    Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats — January 4, 2013 @ 1:44 am

    Happy New Year!! These Kit-Kat Cheesecake Bars are enough to tempt me to drop everything now that I am doing and get into a kitchen and make them for this weekend. Drooling right now too{slurps}-Cheers, Jo

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    vanillasugarblog — January 4, 2013 @ 2:19 am

    this is going on the list
    right next to the english version of the groom cake–remember that?
    it was an all crunch cake. oh I cannot remember the name

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    Aikko @ Bake Happy — January 4, 2013 @ 5:19 am

    Anything with KitKat has my thumbs up. These are amazing Naomi! :)

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — January 4, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

    I love that this design wasn’t your intention and yet they’re still completely stunning.

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    Kevin (Closet Cooking) — January 4, 2013 @ 2:52 pm

    Those bars look so good!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — January 4, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

    This is sheer genius and absolutely stunning. I love your photography and I want some of this at my dessert table!!

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    Maria — January 4, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    What a fun bar treat! Gorgeous too!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — January 4, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

    Welp, there goes my appetite for anything else, ever — I want kit kat cheesecake bars and only kit kat cheesecake bars now and forever. :) YUM!

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    Gaby — January 4, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

    omg stop it! these look AMAZING. I need them in my life the second I come off my juice cleanse!!!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — January 4, 2013 @ 4:31 pm

    What stunners! Those are so beautiful as well as enticing!

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    Tanya — January 4, 2013 @ 4:44 pm

    These look absolutely amazing! To bad I restarted my diet..

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    MikeVFMK — January 4, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

    Loss for words. These are ridiculous, both in the way they look and I’m sure in the way they taste. You are a baking phenom.

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    Kristen — January 4, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

    These are the most perfect looking treats – gorgeous and tasty, both!

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    Jaclyn — January 4, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

    Gorgeous Naomi – as always =)! I wish I had time to make everything you post.

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    Aimee @ Simple Bites — January 4, 2013 @ 7:51 pm

    Decadent. Which is a word I hope will describe my (and yours) 2013. You’re certainly off to a great start, Naomi!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — January 4, 2013 @ 8:06 pm

    So gorgeous and tempting! No other way but to give up to the temptation and make these. Like ASAP. Pinned!

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    marla — January 4, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

    These bars are absolutely stunning girl!!

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    Judy Klein Romero — January 4, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

    These look really great! Can’t wait to try your recipe. What is a “foil sling”?

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    Judy Klein Romero — January 4, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

    Sorry – I meant “sling foil”!!

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    • Naomi replied: — January 6th, 2013 @ 8:48 am

      Judy-To create foil sling, simply cover the pan with foil and make sure there is a two inch over hang on each slide. This allows for easy removal of the cheesecake from the pan.

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    Jenny Flake — January 4, 2013 @ 9:20 pm

    Unbelievably fabulous Naomi! xoxo

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 4, 2013 @ 11:32 pm

    These bars are beautiful! And the failed swirl is only noticeable since you pointed it out! It’s still amazing!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — January 4, 2013 @ 11:48 pm

    Let me pick my jaw up off the floor here for a moment… Holy frijollies!

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    Leslie — January 5, 2013 @ 12:50 am

    Ohhh many. Kit Kats are my favorite candy bar of alllll times. These might be quite dangerous for me to have around.

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    Laura — January 5, 2013 @ 7:16 am

    Oh my! Those look absolutely divine. Pinned and on my must try list for when the weather cools down a bit around here. :)

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    Im At Home Baking — January 5, 2013 @ 7:25 am

    These look amazing!

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    Jacki comber — January 5, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    Mmmmm wonder how they would go if I used TimTams instead go kit kats…

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    • Naomi replied: — January 6th, 2013 @ 8:44 am

      Jacki-Um, pretty awesome. Do it!

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    Connie — January 5, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

    Please add me to your email list. I’d love to receive your blog!

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    • Naomi replied: — January 6th, 2013 @ 8:43 am

      Hi Connie- I don’t have an email subscribe yet. I will very soon though. The site will is going through a re-design and once completed, it will have that functionality.

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    linda — January 5, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

    BR is a beautiful site with exquisite baking executions & perfect photography…that makes me strive to greater heights. thank you for inspiring!

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    Shanna@ pineapple and coconut — January 5, 2013 @ 7:27 pm

    Oh wow I like your idea of starting off the new years with these decadent bars!! I think the tops came out perfect even with the “imperfect” swirls peeking out!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — January 5, 2013 @ 8:32 pm

    Oh my, these just look heavenly!! Kit Kats are one of my favorites, so I would go crazy for these!

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    Carol — January 5, 2013 @ 10:33 pm

    Looks delicious!

    Chocolate layer – use semi-sweet chocolate? Just to be sure

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    • Naomi replied: — January 11th, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

      Carol it’s totally up to your preference, that’s why I didn’t specify it in the recipe.

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — January 6, 2013 @ 4:18 pm

    Naomi, you’re brilliant. These look divine!

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    Katie | The Hill Country Cook — January 6, 2013 @ 9:17 pm

    HEL-lo, Kit Kat is my middle name, add cheesecake? BOOM! Speechless. And how gorgeous it looks like Tiramisu!

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    Melissa — January 7, 2013 @ 2:19 am

    I love your style. Those look heavenly.

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    christina @ ovenadventures — January 7, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

    totally pinning this right now. you make everything look amazing.

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    Feli Nelson — January 8, 2013 @ 9:03 pm

    Kit Kat Cheesecake bars – ah l’amour!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — January 9, 2013 @ 4:17 am

    Who cares about a failed swirl, those are gorgeous!

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    Pam — January 14, 2013 @ 6:13 pm

    I found this on Pinterest , took one look and knew it was your recipe! I can hardly wait to try it.

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — February 4, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

    That chocolate layer on top definitely takes this to the next level. And god forbid you had even more of these amazing bars to eat. Or you could send some to me. Just sayin’

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — February 8, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

    These look totally amazing

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    Vicki — March 5, 2013 @ 2:36 am

    Yeah they look nice in the photos.
    Except they got cemented to the pan. I had to break them out of there using a knife as if it was a pick axe. Not cool.

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    • Debbie replied: — June 18th, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

      line your baking dish with foil, once baked and cooled you take the cheesecake bars out and cut. As stated in the recipe.

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