Chocolate Pecan Cheesecake Bars

Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been absent of late from BoB. I have many excuses, but I won’t get into all of that. The important thing is that I finally share with all of you some of the things I’ve been baking.

First up are these amazingly delicious bars. Imagine a buttery pecan crust. Now, let’s put some cheesecake on top of that. But not just any cheesecake – chocolate cheesecake. Sounds good, huh? Well, how about a pecan pie layer on top of that? I know!!!

I knew immediately when I saw this recipe, courtesy of Paula Deen (who else?) that I had to make it. It’s like she developed it especially for me. I can’t think of many things I like more in the sweets department than chocolate, pecans, and cheesecake.

Chocolate Pecan Cheesecake Bars | Bake or Break

These are beyond delicious. I shared these with a friend who, like me, is a fan of all things pecan. He later informed me that he wanted them again for his birthday. It is rare that I bake the same recipe more than once, but these will definitely be an exception.

Chocolate Pecan Cheesecake Bars

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 24 2-inch bars

Chocolate Pecan Cheesecake Bars


  • 1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 & 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar, divided into 3/4 cup portions
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups finely chopped pecans, divided into 1/2 cup & 1 & 1/2 cups
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, divided
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted


Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 13″x 9″ baking pan with foil. Grease or spray foil.

Combine flour and 3/4 cup brown sugar. Cut in softened butter until mixture is crumbly. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped pecans. Press mixture into bottom of pan. Bake for 10 minutes.

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, combine cream cheese and granulated sugar until smooth. Add 1 egg and beat until combined. Stir in chocolate and vanilla extract. Pour over baked crust. Bake 15 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.

Whisk together 3/4 cup brown sugar, corn syrup, melted butter, and 3 eggs. Stir in 1 & 1/2 cups chopped pecans. Pour over ceam cheese mixture. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until center is set. Cool completely in pan. Cut into squares and serve.


Recipe adapted from Paula Deen.

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  1. chocolateshavings November 17, 2008 Reply

    I can only imagine how good and gooey this is. All Paula Deen desserts are – you just have to try and forget how many sticks of butter are being used!

  2. rmholmgren November 17, 2008 Reply

    oh myyyyyy… these look AMAZING! I am going to make these… first thing tomorrow – nothing wrong with these for breakfast, right?

  3. Nick November 17, 2008 Reply

    The picture is simply incredible. Everything you could possibly want is there….almost

  4. Amanda November 17, 2008 Reply

    leave it to Paula to take it to the next extreme.

  5. Cristine November 17, 2008 Reply

    YUM! My husband would love these!

  6. Anna at Mediocre Chocolate November 18, 2008 Reply

    Oh, those look sinful. Just in time for Thanksgiving, too. I am with you on the one-time recipe trend–even if they turn out well, there are always so many more to try! Who has time for repeats?

  7. JEP November 18, 2008 Reply

    Yum! I like that the recipe is made in a 9 x 13 pan so the servings can be custom cut…small…or for me…a rather large square :

  8. Culinarywannabe November 18, 2008 Reply

    Holy cow!! These are going into my must make pronto folder. Yay!!

  9. Amy November 18, 2008 Reply

    Yum, what a great holiday recipe!

  10. Diane November 18, 2008 Reply

    Good to have you blogging again — you have been missed but you came back with another great, must try immediately recipe. Thanks for all you put into Bake or Break.

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  12. Maria November 18, 2008 Reply

    Good to see you again! I am loving these already and I haven’t even got to taste them!

  13. Katrina November 18, 2008 Reply

    Complete food porn! Yummy!

  14. Ayankeeinasouthernkitchen November 18, 2008 Reply

    This was certainly worth the wait! Cookie bars are so much fun to make.

  15. Nan (and Jim) November 18, 2008 Reply

    Yum!!! All the things I love appear to be in these!

  16. cookienurse November 18, 2008 Reply

    You were missed; welcome back!

  17. Abby November 18, 2008 Reply

    WHOA. Awesome. What an incredible way to return to your blog!

  18. Bakerella November 18, 2008 Reply

    These are totally me! chocolate, cheese and butter. Oh yeah!

  19. Di November 19, 2008 Reply

    These look terrific! I followed the link and searched the site but the recipe is not found – how do I find it? Thanks!

  20. Cindy November 19, 2008 Reply

    Been missing you! These look great! Chocolate, pecans, and cream cheese!! Yum!!

  21. zestycook November 19, 2008 Reply

    WOW – great looking bars…. these are being created very shortly… thanks so much!


  22. Hallie November 19, 2008 Reply

    AMAZING. I’m making these. They look so yummy.

  23. Colleen November 19, 2008 Reply

    Oh my word………I have to make these sinfully droolworthy looking bars…….like NOW!!! Thanx so much :o) xxx

  24. Helen November 19, 2008 Reply

    You formally have made my day! Home is torn apart due to a leak and all I want to do is bake around the bustle. Thank you I will let you know what my family thinks although I can already say right up my alley!

  25. jennifer November 19, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, everyone! I’m glad to be back. :-)

    Di, there’s a link underneath the post’s title that should work for you. Here’s another: Chocolate Pecan Cheesecake Bars.

  26. Indigo November 20, 2008 Reply

    I full-on gasped out loud when that picture loaded. Ye gods.

  27. Nazarina A November 21, 2008 Reply

    What an array of pure blissful desserts!

  28. Karen @ Mignardise November 22, 2008 Reply

    Love you blog – just subscribed. Also just started a food blog myself. These bars look amazing – in fact all your recipes do! Thanks!

  29. kimberleyblue November 23, 2008 Reply

    Those are fantastically decadent – they’re going on my must-bake list!

  30. giz November 23, 2008 Reply

    This recipe is one of those “must make” bars for the holidays. Duly tagged. They look amazing.

  31. dawn November 23, 2008 Reply

    I’m with you, that combo is always perfect, no matter how you mix, create it, make it.
    You know if ever there is going to be a ‘food porn’ tv channel, clearly you need to be the sponsor.

  32. Vianna November 23, 2008 Reply

    I must say that I love this blog. Really, is one of my favorites. I just started one blog of cooking and fashion. And I want mine to be as good as BoB.



  33. Shannon November 24, 2008 Reply

    There are no words. Wow. I cannot wait to make these! Thank you, and welcome back :)

  34. Katelyn November 24, 2008 Reply

    Chocolate…Cheesecake…Pecans…Say no more!

  35. Emily November 25, 2008 Reply

    I made this recipe for my boyfriend to enjoy while I am out of town during thanksgiving. He nearly died of pleasure. He is a huge critic of my baking. No cookie is crumbly enough, no bread is moist enough. But these bars. They were “perfect.”
    Thank you!

  36. Alison November 27, 2008 Reply

    These look sinfully delicious!!

  37. Jeanette December 22, 2008 Reply

    Ok, I just made these bard.

    What can I say, I don’t know, I can not find a word that describe how utterly sinful and decadent they are.

    I am cutting them so I get 48 pieces out of the pan, they are very rich and a small piece is a nice tease:)))))

  38. pumpkinpie January 26, 2009 Reply

    My husband does not care for chocolate cheesecake or pecan pie, but I went ahead and made these anyway. Yeah, I’m a good wife like that. Somehow these bars transcend chocolate cheesecake and pecan pie… both of us loved these!

  39. Amazing Cheesecake Recipes February 15, 2009 Reply

    These bars look wonderful. I recently started a cheesecake recipes web site and I have a section on cheesecake dessert bars.

    Your pictures really add to your site which looks great. I am slowly taking pictures and trying to add them to my own site.

    I’m really glad a friend found Bake or Break and told me about it. I plan to check back frequently.


  40. venita March 29, 2009 Reply

    omg These things look heavenly…

  41. Isabel April 16, 2009 Reply

    I have a double batch in the over right now :) They’re a birthday present for a friend who’s a cheesecake fan, but I don’t have time to make a cheesecake….”

  42. Sharon October 5, 2009 Reply

    I made these and they were delicious. They went right to my hips. I don’t get the trick to lining the baking pan with foil. It was terrible to cut the squares. Yikes, if you happen to bite the foil!

  43. Jen November 23, 2009 Reply

    These look great. I’m wondering if the cheesecake layer could be pumpkin flavored instead of chocolate flavored…

  44. LouLou January 20, 2010 Reply

    I have to say that, although they smelled heavenly, the taste was not what I expected. Rather ordinary. Never mind, there are other wonderful recipes on your site!

  45. Jen February 12, 2014 Reply

    Can I use a different type of nut for the crust?
    Say hazelnut or walnut?

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