Pineapple Cheesecake Bars – creamy cheesecake filled with pineapple on a graham cracker crust. An easy recipe that comes out perfect every time!  

Pineapple Cheesecake Bars - creamy cheesecake filled with pineapple on a graham cracker crust. An easy recipe that comes out perfect every time!

 

I never really had an opinion on pineapple until Nicole and I got matching pineapple tattoos while we were in Salt Lake City almost 3 years ago.

We’ve both been kind of obsessed with all things pineapple since then. We send each other pictures of anything pineapple we see in stores, anything pineapple we see on menus, anything and everything pineapple.

I got the idea of pineapple cheesecake bars stuck in my head weeks ago and bought all the ingredients and have been seriously procrastating.

I finally got them made this week and omg you guys, I’m so thrilled with the results and I can’t wait for you to make them.

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Okay.

You have to choose a favorite dessert. Have to.

What do you choose?

I 100% go for cheesecake. Plain cheesecake. Not too sweet, but sweet enough cheesecake.

Nothing beats it.

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake – cake for breakfast! Coffee cake filled with strawberry cheesecake and topped with crumb topping!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake - cake for breakfast! Coffee cake filled with strawberry cheesecake and topped with crumb topping!

I’m breaking all my rules with this one.

Normally, stuff in my favorite cake would be a big no no in my house. I like my coffee cake to be just cake with a ton of crumbly topping. And then I just eat the crumbly topping off and leave the rest in the pan.

But this cake really called out to me for some reason!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake - cake for breakfast! Coffee cake filled with strawberry cheesecake and topped with crumb topping!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake!

It’s got the cake and the crumbles that I love but it also has a layer of cheesecake-y filling and a layer of sweetened strawberries.

It’s good. It’s really, really good.

I caught both the baby and the husky trying to sneak a piece off the counter so… I mean, that probably doesn’t tell you much since both will eat pretty much anything… but, yeah I’m not sure where I was going with that one.

You should just make it. And don’t tell me you’re not a sweet breakfast person. Because I’m not either. But cake for lunch? I can get into that.

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Happy Monday! I hope you have the day off today and are able to spend the day relaxing or doing something you love. I’m taking the husky to get fixed and my husband is 100% convinced that I’ll spend the entire day sitting in the vet office, biting my nails and waiting for her surgery to be over.

I will actually probably spend the day stuffing my face because I tend to do that when I’m worried. Good thing I have these Mocha-Chip Cheesecake Bars in the fridge, huh?

I made this over the weekend because my husband had 24 hour duty and I do what I always do when he’s gone for 24 hours: sit on my butt and watch a marathon of whatever show I’m currently into. I took time away from that important stuff to make these so it looked like I actually did something.

I really, really love cheesecake and cheesecake is even better when it’s baked in bars instead of a fussy water bath. These bars have a delicious oat crust and crumble. Then the cheesecake itself is coffee flavored with mini chocolate chips. It’s good, really good.

Three years ago: Orange Ricotta Pancakes
Four years ago: Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Five years ago: Devil’s Food White Out Cake

Mocha-Chip Cheesecake Bars
from Pillsbury
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 packages 8 ounces each cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350F. Grease bottom and sides of jelly roll pan, 15 1/2x10 1/2x1 inch, with shortening or spray with cooking spray. Beat flour, oats, brown sugar, butter, 1 teaspoon coffee (dry), the salt and baking soda in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon, until crumbly. Press about 4 cups of the mixture in pan; reserve remaining crumb mixture.
  2. Beat remaining ingredients except chocolate chips in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until blended. Stir in 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips. Spread over crust. Stir remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips into remaining crumb mixture. Sprinkle over cream cheese mixture; press lightly.
  3. Bake 32 to 40 minutes or until center is set and topping is light golden brown. Cool 30 minutes. Refrigerate at least 3 hours until chilled. For bars, cut into 8 rows by 6 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.
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I haven’t made brownies since February. That is way too long to go without a brownie.

I remedied that whole situation recently when I made these marbled brownies that are topped with M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Candies before baking to add a little something special to them. I make a bunch of goodies with these candies but there’s something about the M&M’S® Holiday Blend that speaks to me. I swear they taste better when they’re green and red.

This recipe comes from BrightIdeas.com which has tons of fun recipes, featuring M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies like these Reindeer Antlers and even craft ideas like these Festive Reindeer Favors.

I think it goes without saying that these brownies are spectacular. Brownies + cheesecake = perfection.

It starts with a boxed mix which is always a plus since it cuts down significantly on the prep time. Then the cheesecake mixture is swirled into the brownie batter. And then it’s all topped with festive M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Candies.

Don’t forget to check out BrightIdeas.com to get all sorts of holiday baking inspiration!

One year ago: Pizza Sauce
Two years ago: Dinner Rolls
Four years ago: Blueberry French Toast Bake
Five years ago: Black and White Arborio Rice Pudding

Marbled Brownies
Ingredients
  • 1 box 8 oz. reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package brownie mix choose directions for the cake-style brownies
  • 1 cup M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese with the sugar. Add the egg, milk and vanilla extract. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the brownie mix according to the package directions. Spoon 2/3 of the brownie batter into a parchment-lined 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Spoon the reserved cream cheese mixture over the brownie batter. Now scrape the remaining brownie batter over the cream cheese mixture. Swirl the tip of a knife through the batter to make a marbled effect. Press M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies into the batter.
  3. Bake for 45-50 minutes in a preheated, 350-degree oven until slightly moist in the center. Cool completely before cutting 8x4 into 1½-inch squares.

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Holiday’s are better with M.  Go to Brightideas.com for recipes using M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies Holiday Blend.  Click. Create. Celebrate.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of MARS®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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