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Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Cherries and chocolate plus cream cheese all combine to make these cheesecake bars totally scrumptious! One slice is not enough!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 24 Slices
Author Manila Spoon


  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 box white cake mix (15 oz)
  • 3 large eggs (divided), room temperature
  • 1 package cream cheese (8 oz), softened
  • ½ cup confectioner’s sugar (powdered or icing sugar)
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 1 bottle maraschino cherries (10 oz), drained and coarsely chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 F.  Grease or lightly butter a 9 x 13 baking dish.

    Stir together the melted butter, cake mix and 1 egg until moistened. Press evenly over the prepared pan.

  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the softened cream cheese, sugar, and the remaining 2 eggs until smooth and free of lumps. Make sure the cream cheese has been fully softened so the cheesecake turns out smooth.

    Stir in the chocolate chips and the chopped cherries. Spread evenly over the cake mix layer.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven for about 35-40 minutes or until the cheesecake is set at the center. Let cool completely in the pan before cutting and serving. Chill if not serving right away.