Chocolate Cheesecake Bars Recipe Competing in Pillsbury Cook Finals

picture of Chocolate Cheesecake Bars by Cindy Orley

As you may know, I am one of 4 finalist in the Pillsbury Cook Contest. My first recipe was an easy dinner recipe for Perfect Potato Pockets.  Today, they unveiled my holiday entertaining recipe for decadent Chocolate Cheesecake Bars! You have to try this simple recipe that any one can make and everyone will love! This is perfect for holiday parties, potlucks, and dessert this holiday season (and anytime of year!).

picture of Chocolate Cheesecake Bars by Cindy Orley
Chocolate Cheesecake Bars by Cindy Orley

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Cindy Orley's Chocolate Cheesecake Bars Recipe
picture of Chocolate Cheesecake Bars by Cindy Orley
Prep Time 10 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
picture of Chocolate Cheesecake Bars by Cindy Orley
  1. Unroll dough into 2 long rectangles. Press 1 rectangle in bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of greased or sprayed 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish; press perforations to seal.
  2. In small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
  3. Add egg; beat on low speed just until mixed.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips; spread over crust.
  5. Top with remaining rectangle of dough. Press out to edges of dish; pinch edges to seal with bottom crust.
  6. Drizzle with caramel topping.
  7. Bake at 375°F 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Cool 1 hour on cooling rack.
  9. Cut into 3 rows by 3 rows to make 9 bars. Cut each bar diagonally into 2 triangles.Store covered in refrigerator.

This recipe is quick and easy to prepare.   Be sure to purchase Pillsbury Crescent Rolls for this recipe as I’ve found other brands aren’t quite a flaky in this recipe. Unroll the dough into 2 long rectangles. Set 1/2 aside. Press together the perforations into the bottom of a greased square baking dish. You can even use the Pillsbury Crescent Sheets to bypass sealing the perforations.

Beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth, add eggs. Fold in chocolate chips. Spread mixture over the dough and cover with remaining crescent roll dough. Drizzle with caramel topping. Bake at 375°F 18 – 22 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 1 hour. Cut into 3 rows by 3 rows to make 9 bars. Cut each bar diagonally into 2 triangles. Enjoy! Store covered in refrigerator.

Please Vote for Cindy Orley’s Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Please go to to vote for Cindy Orley’s  Chocolate Cheesecake Bars! This contest is for America (that’s you) to decide their Favorite Crescent Cook! With each vote, you are entered to win $5,000! You can vote daily until Dec 31, 2010. Please vote for Cindy, the red-head!

Updated: 8/2017 I won the title of America’s Favorite Crescent Cook! Check out the full recipe for my Perfect Potato Pockets here.

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282 thoughts on “Chocolate Cheesecake Bars Recipe Competing in Pillsbury Cook Finals

  1. clenna says:

    This sounds great! My daughter is allergic to yeast – Some of the Pillsbury products do not have yeast in them. This would be a great desert for her.

  2. Rebecca N. says:

    Oh my goodness yum!! I bookmarked this recipe and will be begging *ahem*…..I mean asking my hubby to make these for my birthday on the 15th 🙂

  3. kate dunn says:

    I am sooooo making this! What a fantastic idea 🙂 Congrats on being a finalist and good luck to you.

  4. Cindy says:

    Thanks, Nancy. They are the easiest recipe and ARE so yummy. Thanks for voting too, I really appreciate it as we near the end of the competition.

  5. Pam L says:

    my family loves these, what is nice is you can substitute a variety of items for the c. chips….is really a great recipe and easy to make

  6. Lilith says:

    OMG, I’m drooling just reading about these. I’m going to make these for Christmas while visiting my husband’s family this weekend — I need something that’s sweet and fulfilling to keep everyone happy. 😀

  7. FairyWater says:

    They look so mouth watering! I’m getting hungry just seeing this! Make me some? Lolz. I hope you win! They look too delicious not to!

  8. Lisa G. says:

    I can’t wait to surprise my sister with these for Christmas. She will love them. Another daily vote from me! (-:

  9. Steph A says:

    These look delicious. My boyfriend loves cheesecake and I love both chocolate and cheesecake we’ll have to try your recipe.

  10. DebbyM says:

    These look yummy….and so good too. I will definetly have to try them…I am a sucker for anything with cream cheese in them!

  11. Tina Page says:

    What a simple recipe with things most of us already have in our cabinets anyway! I think I’ll try it today!:) With this dreary NE Ohio weather we need some baking going on!

  12. Margaret Smith says:

    Love this recipe…treated my family over the weekend and made these and everyone gave it thumbs up. Thanks.

  13. Cindy says:

    Yvonne, the carmel topping is just carmel syrup you find with the ice cream topping. Easy to find. Thanks for voting for me too. 🙂 Merry Christmas to you too.

  14. Yvonne Butler says:

    I want to try these for our Christmas snack get together. I will have to look for carmel topping, never used that before. These sound yummy. I voted for you and Good Luck I hope you win. Merry Christmas

  15. Grace says:

    This looks like a good recipe that I could make. I hope you win and will vote for you every day. thank you

  16. Cindy says:

    Thanks for voting, Lisa! I appreciate. You should make these bars for your sister, she won’t know it only took 10 min prep time! lol

  17. Lisa G. says:

    These look delicious! My sister would be thrilled if I brought these to our Christmas dinner.
    Voted for you!

  18. Trina says:

    These sound yummy. I might have to make them for my annual cookie exchange as part of the appetizer/treat buffet.

  19. Melissa Barnes says:

    i have been thinking about these since i saw this post a couple weeks ago – still look as scrumptious as ever, i am definitely going to have to make them!

  20. Amber Gi says:

    yum! i am glad you directed me here. these look really good!
    my daughter and i decided we would make these tomorrow night for our “psyche”
    episode snack. thanks!

  21. Richard T. says:

    I love cheesecake and I love chocolate. The combination is making me salivate. I am going to try to make them.

  22. Susan T says:

    These sound awesome…I will be trying it for my desert bar on Christmas Eve.Love that they sound easy to make and Yummy!! semtaylor(at)yahoo(dot)com

  23. Cindy says:

    Glad you checked us out. It was a pleasure to be on Fox 8, hope I didn’t look too nervous. lol Thanks for encouraging your friends to check out my website too. The contests are open nationwide to women and men. Good luck with the Tofurkey @ Christmas, let us know how it goes for you. I saw them on Sale at Giant Eagle yesterday for $11!

  24. Cindy says:

    Welcome, Yolanda, glad you found! You can use low fat cream cheese and reduced fat crescent rolls too, both work well! Thanks for voting too. 🙂

  25. Cindy says:

    Thanks, Mary Ellen. You can get great deals on crescents and cream cheese during the holiday season, making these affordable as well! Thanks for voting too. 🙂

  26. MaryEllen says:

    These look wonderful. Due to the fact I am cutting down on my cookie baking this year due to finances I will make his one as a special treat. I will surely vote for cindy daily.

  27. Yolanda says:

    I voted after watching the Fox8 segment. I would like to try them with low fat cream cheese. I think these will be a hit for my book club Christmas party. Thanks Cindy and good luck.

  28. Yolanda says:

    I just caught your segemnt on Fox8 News and had to checkout the website. I love it! I am not on Facebook but I will beencouraging all my friends to check it out and to vote for Cindy. As a vegetarian – the only one in the house- I have always been scared to try Tofurkey in case the family would not eat it. The review has given me courage to grab a Tofurkey for Christmas so that I can eat more than side dishes! Thanks for the great review.

  29. Cindy says:

    Thanks for voting, Kellie! I hope your family enjoys them. I just baked a batch this evening for my Fox 8 Demo tomorrow morning. They smell yummy!

  30. Kellie Conklin says:

    I finally commissioned my mom to make these next week! They still look delicious and I think they will be a hit at holiday parties because of how unique they are! I voted, hope you win!

  31. Cindy says:

    Yes, Devon. You should make them at the next holiday gathering or evening at home. They are so simple to make that you don’t need a special occasion. 😉

  32. Lori says:

    I have try Chocolate Cheesecake Bars Recipe for Thanksgiving. It was easy to make and it was delicious. I try to vote for you everyday:)

  33. Cindy says:

    Thank you, Margaret. I read that you were voting for me everyday from another post. Thank you SO MUCH. You don’t know how much that means to me. 🙂 I’m trying really, really hard to win this so I can begin my kitchen remodel. Thanks again. 🙂

  34. meme says:

    These look so good and very easy to make. I’m writing it down so I can make this. I voted for you and hope you win.

  35. Kellie Conklin says:

    I love Cheesecake and my mom will love how easy this recipe is! The chocolate and caramel sounds delicious as well, can’t wait to try this! thanks!

  36. Melissa Barnes says:

    oh yum – this looks so delish and easy to make – i am putting it on our menu for the week – yum

  37. Cindy says:

    Thanks, Gabrielle! lol Will you make them give you the $5,000 prize if they win since you “made” them vote for me when they visited your house? lol Seriously though, thanks, I appreciate it. 🙂

  38. Gabrielle says:

    hahaha Don’t worry, I’ll make sure they log on while they’re here at my house and vote for you 😀 I just went over and voted for you! These sound delicious, though, so I don’t think you’re gonna have any trouble winning this one 😀

  39. Cindy says:

    Thanks Gabrielle! It’s a crowd pleaser for sure! Make a couple batches if you are feeding the whole crew. Please ask your family to vote for me too. (shameless plea)

  40. lori drummond says:

    this is something i will definitely make… my husband loves these kind of bars… thank u so much for the recipe 🙂

  41. Alicia Webster says:

    These bars look heavenly! I really wish that I had some right now (diet, or no diet). I voted for you–good luck!!

  42. Cindy says:

    Thanks so much, Jennifer! I love it! I guess my red hair counts for something. Thank you for voting for me. I really do appreciate it. And I hope you win too!!!

  43. jennifer kimberly says:

    looks great! Funny story.. I have been doing sweeps for a while including pilsbury… I am not a great baker but have been voting for you the entire time the contest has been going on! I didn’t know who to pick and loved your red hair so I have been sticking with you!

  44. Stacy says:

    I’ve made easy cheesecake like this before but adding the chocolate chips just makes it so much better!

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