I tried another new recipe ... this time I can easily share the recipe with you cause I found it online. :)
I tried Bakerella's Cheesecake Bars recipe.
My thoughts .... the chocolate ganache TOTALLY made this dessert for me. I used a good (ie no Nestle, Hershey, Bakers ....) dark chocolate instead of semi-sweet. I think I used a 60% dark chocolate or maybe 70% ... can't remember. Pretty sure on the 60% though. I definitely didn't miss the semi-sweet chocolate and I'd definitely use a dark chocolate again. The cheesecakiness of the recipe was good, but not the greatest cheesecake I've ever baked. But before I turn you off from the recipe, it really was good. I also really liked the flavor of the crust. My only complaint was that it got a bit soggy in less than 48 hours in the fridge which seems kinda soon esp if you are supposed to refrigerate overnight (always a must with cheesecake!). All the cheesecake recipes I've ever made instruct me to bake the crust for about 8 minutes before putting the filling on top of the crust. I think I might try that next time to see if the crust holds up a little better. Any thoughts? I used some leftover cookies & put them on top (as Bakerella instructs) of about 1/2 the bars ... next time I think I'll put them on top of ALL the bars although a lot of people seemed to go for the non-topping ones. I personally liked them better with the cookies on top.
I cut my cheesecakes into bite-size pieces (about 1x1") and took them to a Relief Society activity, sent a bunch to work with my hubby, had some family over for a game night & used them as a treat, and there's still a bunch left in my fridge. These would be perfect for an event where you like to have finger-foods or you'd just like to have small treats. I'm sure they'd be great as larger bars, too!!