Nutella Swirl Cheesecake Bars

Of all the things I’ve made with Nutella, I’ve somehow never combined it with another of my true loves – cheesecake. The fact that I have allowed that to happen is a terrible mistake on my part. However, I feel that I have properly atoned with these cheesecake bars.

I pieced together most of this from a couple of recipes from The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion, which is must-have for all of you cookie and bar bakers out there.

Nutella Swirl Cheesecake Bars feature a swirl of that favorite chocolate-hazelnut spread in sweet, rich cheesecake bars. - Bake or Break

The combination of Nutella and cheesecake is one I wish I’d tried long before now. I really liked the graham cracker crust, although I think other cookie crusts would be interesting to try. Chocolate wafers or vanilla wafers would be divine, I’m sure.

And, if you’re in that small population of people who don’t like Nutella, you can always swirl some fruit preserves into the cheesecake instead. I suppose you can do that even if you do like Nutella. But, if you’re like me, you just don’t pass up a chance to have a little of that fabulous chocolate-hazelnut spread.

Nutella Swirl Cheesecake Bars

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 32 minutes

Yield: 24 2-inch bars

Nutella Swirl Cheesecake Bars


    For the crust:
  • 1 & 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • For the filling:
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup Nutella


To make the crust:

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9″x 13″ baking pan.

Mix graham cracker crumbs, butter, flour, and brown sugar. Press into bottom of prepared pan.

Bake 10 minutes or until set.

To make the filling:

Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Mix in eggs and vanilla.

Spread filling evenly over crust. Drop Nutella over top of filling. Using a knife, swirl Nutella into the filling.

Bake 20-22 minutes, or until filling is just set. Cool for about an hour. Then, refrigerate until completely chilled and firm before cutting into bars.


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  1. Jess Wakasugi February 28, 2012 Reply

    Ooooemmmmgeeee! Two wonderfully decadent things in one treat, how could these not be amazing?! I pinned this recipe, I know it’ll be a popular one :)

  2. Gabriela @ Gourmet Gab February 28, 2012 Reply

    These bars look so decadent that I want to stop studying for midterms and make them instead! I, too, have made the mistake of not combining cheesecake and Nutella. That will be solved immediately with these bars. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Stephanie February 29, 2012 Reply

    This is all of my favorite things in the world combined into one dessert. Seriously. Amazing.

  4. Christine February 29, 2012 Reply

    This looks dangerous. Seriously dangerous. Thank you! :)

  5. Choc Chip Uru February 29, 2012 Reply

    These bars look addictive – cheesecake and nutella together is very addictive 😀

    Choc Chip Uru
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  6. Joanneke February 29, 2012 Reply

    Va-va Vooooom!!!
    You make me happy again :-)
    I have to make these. Now. WOW!
    Thank you for inspiring me with your amazing recipes…

  7. mireia February 29, 2012 Reply

    I have a problem with Nutella, I am crazy about it!!!!!!!! And cheescake is great too so I can totally see this, it sounds great!!

  8. Nichole @ Tasty Alchemy February 29, 2012 Reply

    This is the type of dessert I could just eat from the pan with a spoon. Seriously.

  9. The Food Hunter February 29, 2012 Reply

    That does sound like a good combination

  10. Hannah February 29, 2012 Reply

    Cheesecake and nutella? Yes please. Right now.

  11. thelittleloaf March 1, 2012 Reply

    I can’t believe you’ve never made Nutella cheesecake before. Possibly God’s gift to the dessert world :-)

  12. A Little Cake March 1, 2012 Reply

    Great idea! genius! I think I’m going to use this idea. Everyone loves Nutella!!

  13. Food Service Revit March 1, 2012 Reply

    Is it me or does this look like the most amazing froth on top of a great coffee. Cheesecake + nutella. Like peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwiches, its just good!!!

  14. Fanny March 4, 2012 Reply

    I’ve done some this saturday. It was absolutly delicious and my family loved it! Thank you

  15. Carla March 6, 2012 Reply

    These look so gorgeous! Can’t wait to try them tonight :)

  16. Lucy March 7, 2012 Reply

    Fabulous idea and looks so delicious. On my list to try!

  17. Shelly March 8, 2012 Reply

    This is seriously looking to be my downfall! Anything with cream cheese… and paired with Nutella. Are you kidding me??? The next time I make these, the whole pan minus 1 (well, maybe 2 or 3) will be going to the neighbors!!!

  18. Paolo March 23, 2012 Reply

    WOW! I love Nutella! Great post…

  19. Sarah @ Miss CandiQuik March 23, 2012 Reply

    These sound amazing – thanks for sharing!

  20. I Just Want To Eat! March 31, 2012 Reply

    That looks awesome! I will definitely try! Nutella can be so good in desserts!

  21. Emily April 2, 2012 Reply

    i made these last weekend and loved them, but I’m wondering if you have any suggestions for dropping, swirling the nutella? I found that part difficult. Thank you!

    • jennifer April 2, 2012 Reply

      Emily, I found it worked best if I dropped the Nutella in very small dollops all over the top. Larger dollops are a bit too hard to swirl effectively.

  22. Susan August 6, 2014 Reply

    Made these for my nephew’s birthday. He loves Nutella. Huge success! Delicious!!!!

  23. janet March 3, 2015 Reply

    These look delicious! Just wondered – If I wanted to make these in an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 pan, would I half the recipe? /thank you!

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      Jennifer McHenry March 4, 2015 Reply

      Hi, Janet. Yes, you can half the recipe and use an 8-inch square pan.

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