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Cappuccino Cheesecake Bars

by Deliciously Organic on February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day! Thinking about making a delicious dessert for your special someone? May I suggest a layer of sweet graham cracker topped with creamy, subtle cappuccino cheesecake? A dollop of whipped cream seals the deal.

If your Valentine isn’t a cheesecake fan, you might try one of my favorites from the past year. These choices should satisfy any sweet-tooth: Oatmeal Cream Pies, Milky Way Chocolate Tart, Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream, Fudgy Chocolate Tart.

Cappuccino Cheesecake Bars

Serving Size: Serves 8

Cappuccino Cheesecake Bars

If you don't have instant herbal coffee you can substitute instant espresso powder in it's place.

Adapted from Bon Appetit.

Ingredients

  • 9 whole graham crackers (whole wheat recipe or gluten free recipe)

  • 2 tablespoons maple sugar

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled, diced

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant herbal coffee (I like Dandy Blend)
  • 5 teaspoons instant herbal coffee

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 cup heavy cream, divided

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese

  • 2/3 cup maple sugar
1 large egg

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350ºF and adjust rack to medium position. Oil and then line an 11x7-inch baking sheet with parchment paper. Place graham crackers and whole cane sugar in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until crackers are finely ground. Add butter and herbal coffee and pulse until crumbs are moist and stick together. Reserve 1/2 cup crumbs and set aside. Press remaining mixture onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes until golden.

Stir together herbal coffee, 1 tablespoon cream and vanilla in a small bowl. Beat cream cheese in a large bowl until creamy. Add whole cane sugar and beat until blended. Beat in coffee mixture and egg.

Spread filling evenly over crust. Bake for 20-25 minutes until set. Chill uncovered until cold and firm, at least 3 hours.

Beat 1 cup cream until stiff peaks form. Serve cut bars with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle with crumb mixture.

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Winnie February 14, 2011 at 10:24 am

Oh my gosh Carrie- these looks so incredible! I love coffee. And cheesecake. Together, they must be heaven.

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Maria February 14, 2011 at 10:34 am

Oh yum!! What a treat!

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brandi@BranAppetit February 14, 2011 at 10:38 am

those look perfect! Cream cheese + coffee go perfect together.

And can I ask what you use for your “print recipe” option? I like the look of yours better than some others I’ve seen, and I’m hoping to have mine printable soon. Thanks so much!

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Deliciously Organic February 14, 2011 at 11:07 am

Thomas (who designed my site) used a plug-in for my “print recipe” option but I don’t know what kind it is. Here is his site: http://www.tcdawsondesigns.com hopefully he can help!

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Juanita February 14, 2011 at 11:05 am

Hmmm…decadent!

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Molly Chester February 14, 2011 at 11:25 am

You are the whole foods dessert queen… it’s official.

Hope you had a nice trip! I almost called you yesterday just to check in, but then I remembered you were probably still traveling! Let’s catch-up soon…

Molly

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the urban baker February 14, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I do not know many people who do not like cheesecake. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your lovely family!

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marla {family fresh cooking} February 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Carrie, this gal would take cheesecake like this any day. All of the other treats you have here are looking mighty tasty too. Hope you are having a great Valentine’s Day!

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Beauty & the Feast February 14, 2011 at 2:44 pm

You just can’t get any better than coffee and cheesecake. Absolutely divine!

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Heather @Gluten-Free Cat February 15, 2011 at 6:59 am

You’re killing me here with all of the pictures. I had completely decided “no more sweets” after a slightly decadent V-day. I just might need to squeeze the cheesecake in though. And I love the color scheme of your pictures!

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Darla @ Bakingdom February 16, 2011 at 11:41 am

Really, really yum! This looks absolutely irresistible!

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Kayla @ Fitter Than Choc February 16, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I stumbled upon your blog and I totally enjoy Reading it! This cheesecake looks good! I’m pretty sure u enjoyed your valentines day:) will certainly be coming back for more!

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HeatherChristo February 17, 2011 at 8:03 am

These look absolutely amazing! I have not made cheesecake anything in years- but these are inspiring!

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Kriste February 17, 2011 at 12:46 pm

These look fabulous!

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Kathy - Panini Happy March 5, 2011 at 4:53 pm

“Dreamy” is the word that pops to mind. The bar looks just lovely floating above those light linens!

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Jennifer Fortin February 14, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I have a really stupid question. For both of the listings for herbal coffee, do I make coffee or just use the grains of coffee? Sorry not sure and was planning on making recipe tomorrow….Thanks, Jen

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Deliciously Organic February 15, 2012 at 8:06 am

You need to use instant herbal or regular coffee (the kind that instantly dissolves in liquid). I use Dandyblend herbal coffee, but espresso powder would work just as well.

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Healthy Recipes and Cakes October 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm

This is a very delicious recipe…..not only for valentine’s day…:)
Thank you!

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