Speculoos S’mores Cheesecake Bars

After frantically getting my hands on three jars of Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter during the grand opening in Knoxville, I then discovered that it is pretty much the same thing as Biscoff Cookie Spread. Apparently “Speculoos” is the type of cookie, and “Biscoff” is a brand of that cookie. Kind of made me feel like an idiot for going into the store three times looking for the restock, but I think it was at least a little cheaper than the Biscoff brand.

Regardless of which brand stocked in your pantry, you really should make these bars. With the use of the already spiced-up spread, cinnamon graham crackers, and even the Speculoos filled chocolate bars, these s’mores cheesecake bars are ready be to devoured. I made these bars a little thicker than the original recipe by baking them in a pan half the size as noted in the directions. But I think if I were to do it again I would’ve made them thinner because they were pretty massive bars haha.

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SPECULOOS S’MORES CHEESECAKE BARS

Makes about 32 bars

Ingredients:

CRUST

2 cups graham crackers crumbs (I used the cinnamon kind)

1/3 cup butter, melted

3 Tbsp sugar

1/2 cup Speculoos cookie butter, warmed in the microwave for 30 seconds (or Biscoff)

FILLING

4-8 oz. blocks of cream cheese, softened

1 cup sugar

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

3 Tbsp all-purpose flour

4 eggs

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

TOPPING

1/2 cup chopped Trader Joe’s dark chocolate bars filled with Speculoos cookie butter (or Hershey’s chocolate bar)

1 cup mini marshmallows

4 graham crackers, coarsely chopped (I used the cinnamon kind)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13×9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides.
  2. Mix with the graham cracker crumbs, butter and 3 tablespoons sugar together until all the crumbs are moistened; press onto bottom of prepared pan. Drizzle the cookie butter evenly over the crust.
  3. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together cream cheese, 1 cup sugar and vanilla in large bowl until smooth. Sift in flour; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Stir chocolate chips into cream cheese mixture with a rubber spatula. Pour over crust.
  4. Bake 30 minutes; remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped chocolate bar, mini marshmallows, and chopped graham crackers. The top of the cheesecake will be almost set – don’t be afraid to press the toppings down into it slightly. Bake for another 10 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate at least 4 hours. Use foil handles to lift cheesecake from pan before cutting into bars.

Source: Adapted slightly from Fake Ginger.

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