Sunday, August 8, 2010

Cheesecake Bars

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I was in the mood for something cold and lip-smackingly sweet. Something I could sink my teeth into. Something to maintain my weight. So I made this treat with a few of my favorite things.

Cheesecake.

Chocolate. (Hello there my friend)

and these cookies.

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If you ever fly Delta, then you’ve probably had them before. They’re one of the snack options. I always get excited when the cart comes down the aisle. Time for cookies. They’re so good, I’ve started buying them if I travel other airlines because it feels wrong to fly without them.

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They’re a crunchy, no-frills, sans chocolate type of cookie. Actually, I’m surprised I like them so much. But I do. Oh I do.

So I thought they would be great to use for the cheesecake crust.

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Throw the cookies into a food processor and chop them up into beautiful golden brown cookie powder.

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About 1 1/2 cups worth.

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Then add 3 tablespoons of brown sugar.

Don’t you love how packed brown sugar looks? Even in the size of a tablespoon. Wouldn’t it be fun to have buckets of it and make brown sugar sand castles? One can only dream.

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To make the crust, mix the cookie crumbs and brown sugar together. Add 6 tablespoons melted butter and combine. Place the mixture in a 13 X 9 pan and press firmly into the bottom.

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Mix up the cheescake ingredients and pour it on the crust.

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Oh yeah!

Then bake it at 325 degrees for about 45 minutes.

And let it cool.

And try not to eat it.

And try not to eat it.

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Then whip up some chocolate ganache to pour on top.

Oh yeah.

Spread the chocolate evenly on top of the cheesecake and then refrigerate overnight.

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Cut into cute little cheesecake bars…

Or if you save a few of the cookies, you can sprinkle them on top of the chocolate before you refrigerate.

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P.S. … I didn’t make two pans of these cheesecake bars. That would be criminal. I just did half with and half without cookies on top.

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Chocolate Biscoff Cheesecake Bars

Crust
1 1/2 cups crushed Biscoff Cookies (about 27 cookies)*
3 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
6 Tablespoons melted butter

  • Mix cookies and sugar together.
  • Add butter and stir until combined.
  • Press mixture into a 13 X 9 pan.

Cheesecake
3 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
3 eggs
8 oz. sour cream
1 Tablespoon vanilla

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Cream the sugar, cream cheese, and flour with an electric mixer on medium until light and fluffy.
  • On medium low, add eggs one at a time, mixing well with each addition.
  • Add sour cream and vanilla and mix until just combined.
  • Pour on prepared crust and bake for about 45 minutes.
  • Remove and cool.
  • Prepare ganache.

Chocolate Ganache
8 oz. heavy whipping cream
2 oz. butter
8 oz semi-sweet chocolate
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

  • Heat cream and butter on stove until just before boiling.
  • Remove from stove and pour over chocolate. Stir until completely combined.
  • Add confectioners’ sugar and beat with a wire whisk until combined and smooth.
  • Pour over cooled cheesecake.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Cut into bars and serve.

Makes about 30 bars.

* Use the remaining cookies from the package to crumble and sprinkle over the chocolate before refrigerating.

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Enjoy sinking your teeth in!

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Elizabeth K said...

Gah. Now I’m even hungrier than I was 2 minutes ago!

August 8, 2010 11:38 PM
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Erin W said...

Heh. I bogart those from the flight attendants too :)

August 8, 2010 11:40 PM
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K Kroeker said...

Those look really good!

August 8, 2010 11:41 PM
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Heather (Heather's Dish) said...

it’s not even fair how beautifully simple and (i’m sure) AMAZING these are! this has got to be a top post for me…yum!

August 8, 2010 11:42 PM
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Katie said...

I’ll definitely be trying these — one of my friends is a huge cheesecake fan and I think she would love these… and they definitely seem easier than making a regular cheesecake with a water bath and stuff… thanks for the great idea!

August 8, 2010 11:42 PM
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The Boob Nazi said...

I’ve never tried the cookies on Delta because I like the peanuts so much.

August 8, 2010 11:44 PM
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Jackie said...

Those look heavenly! If it wasn’t almost midnight I’d be tempted to make some right now.

August 8, 2010 11:45 PM
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Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} said...

I L-O-V-E cheesecake and these look so delicious! I believe I have had those and I recall them having a slight gingerbread type flavor if my taste buds recall correctly. Wonderful job! This looks like a must try!

August 8, 2010 11:47 PM
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Bakingdom said...

I thought I could resist these…until I saw Biscoff! Curse you, Bakerella! Curse you and your sweet evil-ness! :)

August 8, 2010 11:50 PM
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karen d. of fayetteville said...

they look scrumpdillyicious!!

August 8, 2010 11:52 PM
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Jeanine said...

Ok I have to ask before anyone else does. What do you use if you can’t find those cookies (I live very rural). But OMG they look sooooo good and yummie!

August 8, 2010 11:52 PM
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bakerella said...

Jeanine – you can use really any crunchy cookie you like. Oreo, gingersnap, graham cracker, vanilla wafer, etc.

August 8, 2010 11:53 PM
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NKV said...

Biscoff cookies are my favorites! Whenever I fly on Delta, I know that whatever is offered, I will ALWAYS choose a Biscoff cookie. I always ask for a cup of coffee, too…because the two just go together. Deliciousness! I can’t wait to try this recipe. It looks divine, and I’m pretty sure I just gained a pound while looking at your pictures! Thanks, Bakerella!

August 8, 2010 11:55 PM
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Jeanne of bermudabluez said...

I must ask the same question…what DO you use if you can’t find those particular cookies?? These bars look fabulous though!!

August 8, 2010 11:55 PM
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AnneF said...

Omg, yum!

August 8, 2010 11:56 PM
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mariola said...

ok, these look delishhh.. but I am not a cheescake/chocolate fan so I am doing this with guava paste (goya) instead

August 8, 2010 11:57 PM
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christy a said...

these look heavenly {in a sinful sort of way}!

August 8, 2010 11:57 PM
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Ann said...

Yum-fest!

August 9, 2010 12:00 AM
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Elisa said...

if you love biscoff cookies then you must try Tamarin Spread, i saw it on another blog and it looks awesome. i bet you could get it down by where you live. enjoy!

August 9, 2010 12:02 AM
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Brittany said...

Mmmm! You hit the spot with these!

August 9, 2010 12:10 AM
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Kelly said...

I had no idea you could buy the cookies! Looks good :)

August 9, 2010 12:14 AM
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Jessica said...

Oh dear. I need these for dessert now! I love those cookies too- and had no idea you could buy them! Hello! Perfect for cheesecake crust! You inspire me.

August 9, 2010 12:21 AM
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Anonymous said...

I was in walgreens one day and found them. They are super cheap!

August 9, 2010 12:25 AM
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kangli said...

looks simply divine! perfect as party food.. :)

August 9, 2010 12:35 AM
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Becky bakes said...

I actually just had them on a trip on Delta. They are great and so is this idea. Thanks Bakerella!

August 9, 2010 12:47 AM
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sally said...

I love the Delta cookies! What I great idea to use them for the crust on these delicious looking cheesecake bars!

August 9, 2010 12:54 AM
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Linda said...

Yeah, every Walgreens I go to have the Biscoff cookies. They are sooo good and inexpensive.

August 9, 2010 12:54 AM
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Debbie said...

I wish I had one of these right now as I’m sipping my coffee. Those lotus cookies are the best. I don’t buy them any more because I go through them too quickly! No weight-maintaining there.

August 9, 2010 12:56 AM
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Marianne Ogg said...

I just bookmarked this recipe and will be trying it this week. Oh my oh my those look soo scrumptious!

August 9, 2010 01:25 AM
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Gina C said...

Haha, I just got finished with class for the summer and I didn’t know how much I needed to make something like this until just now. But, I’ve been thinking about cheesecake lately, so this is perfect. Thanks Bakerella, you made my week!

August 9, 2010 01:34 AM
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Angela Willis said...

Dangerous…

August 9, 2010 01:39 AM
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Bubble and Sweet said...

Yum, Yum and Yum. I wanted cheesecake for dessert last night but it was a birthday celebration and instead there was a cake. Now I want it even more.

August 9, 2010 01:50 AM
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Amy said...

These look fabulous – just the sort of thing I should be whipping up to bring into the office from time to time. My mind is already awash with the possibilities – Thanks! :)

August 9, 2010 02:01 AM
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Darlene Servolini said...

My eyes nearly popped out of their sockets when I saw that first photo!!! YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMY!

Thanks so much for the recipe. I want me some cheesecake bad now! :)

August 9, 2010 02:06 AM
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carrie said...

How do you cut them without smearing the ganache??? They look delicious!

August 9, 2010 02:10 AM
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++MIRA++ said...

I would definitely prefer that to the regular crust. I love cheesecake, now i have to make this

August 9, 2010 02:24 AM
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Wei-Wei said...

BISCOFF. I love those cookies, They’d be heavenly as a cheesecake crust.

Wei-Wei

August 9, 2010 02:35 AM
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Cbear6889 said...

I used your cheesecake recipe from an older post for my husband’s birthday cake today. It was marvelous! It probably could have cooked a little longer. And I made a “24″ out of white and milk chocolate. It was my first time dabbling with chocolate decorations.. I was pretty proud. It was noticeably amateur work, but it still made me proud.

August 9, 2010 02:41 AM
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Heather said...

This is genius! I love those Biscoff cookies, so I think this crust would be amazing.

August 9, 2010 02:51 AM
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Silke said...

I am so smilling at my pc screen at the moment.
The amazing Biscoff cookies you talk about are our national pride and joy speculaas. You find them everywhere in Belgium.
Even the dealer Lotus is a typical family company in Belgium.
I am just so proud. :-)))

August 9, 2010 02:56 AM
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morgana said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm. They look too good. I think that just looking at the photos must be a sin. ;-)

Kind regards from Spain.

August 9, 2010 03:09 AM
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Lizcupcakes said...

These look yummy.

I find it funny that the packet claims that they are Europe’s favorite cookie and I’ve never heard of them!

:P

August 9, 2010 03:11 AM
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CK said...

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a dessert in bar form that looks better than this does… I think I’m going to have to try to make these… :)

August 9, 2010 03:12 AM
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Eline said...

They múst be delicious. O-MY-GOD.
I love cheescake, Biscoff cookies ánd chocolate.
What a yummy combination!

August 9, 2010 03:28 AM
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Stef said...

I love this idea. Biscoff cookies would make such a perfect crust. Yum! Also, if you don’t happen to have access to them, it’s pretty easy to make your own Biscoff-like cookie. I made some pretty recently .

August 9, 2010 03:59 AM
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Magdalena Vargas said...

These are making my mouth water : p Thye look so GOOD & seem very simple to make.

August 9, 2010 04:00 AM
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Mrs. Kolca said...

Looks like the taste of heaven. I wish.. I wish.. I wish I can make them at home too. Please.

August 9, 2010 04:04 AM
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E said...

I love the Lotus spice cookies!
A couple of years ago we were in Europe and passed by the Lotus factory in Belgium – the kids in the back seat got all excited about it – unfortunately we were on a tight scedule that day and couldn’t stop to see perhaps they have a visitor’s center at the factory (probably not).

August 9, 2010 04:22 AM
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rebecca said...

Your bars look DIVINELY DELICIOUS!!!

I don’t seem to remember the biscuit on my Delta flight and now I feel cheated. Is it only on trans-Atlantic flights?

Thanks to Stef (#45) for posting a similar recipe— I’m going to take a look!

August 9, 2010 04:52 AM
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Paulette said...

These are the special mornings that I wake up, go to the computer and see wonderful recipes from Bakerellla and want to eat dessert at five in the morning. Oh these look so good, must try them soon. Thanks Paulette

August 9, 2010 05:04 AM
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ai-Chan said...

OMG! I’m not sure if I could maintain my weight with this. Oh well, screw the diet! The Cheesecake Bars look so yum!

August 9, 2010 05:17 AM
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Jan J. said...

That is THE yummiest looking bad-for-my-diabetes dessert I think I have ever seen – OY I want some now!

August 9, 2010 05:20 AM
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Sandee said...

OMG–these cookies are my favorite! I went to the website and was going to order some, when a friend who’s husband i a Delta pilot told me Super Wal-mart carries them in the grocery aisle. (insert angelic choir here) My quick go-to snack when I need just one BIG sugar-rush? Biscoff used as a shovel to scoop one, just one…massive scoop of buttercream frosting. Now I will have to try your recipe—yum-o!

August 9, 2010 05:45 AM
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~Rach said...

I LOVE those cookies! The first time I turned around and saw them at Walmart I jumped up and down :0) This recipe is def going on my list, I’ve got to try these babies out!

August 9, 2010 06:12 AM
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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is said...

Oh drool! Love Biscoff!

August 9, 2010 06:31 AM
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kelli said...

omg! have to try this!!!! YUM!!!!! oreo would be fantastic! dangerous!

August 9, 2010 06:35 AM
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Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy. said...

YUM this looks amazing! Speaking of Biscoff I LOVE those cookies too. I actually flew Delta yesterday and was so looking forward to having them as my plane snack and what do you know…they only offered peanuts, I was so upset! Maybe on my return flight I will get to enjoy those delicious cookies!

August 9, 2010 06:52 AM
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Christine said...

Those look so yummy! I’ll have to try them.

August 9, 2010 06:55 AM
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Andrea R. said...

Those look insanely good! They’re on my short list of things to try now.

August 9, 2010 07:11 AM
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Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) said...

This recipe looks fabulous – especially because of those cookies! that would be so good =D

August 9, 2010 07:12 AM
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Marsha said...

Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm, mmmm, mmmmmmmmmm!

S.W.A.K.

August 9, 2010 07:18 AM
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Kim said...

First of all, I was thinking the exact same thing, when I saw those tablespoons of brown sugar, about making sand castles and what not. For a minute there I was dreaming away and I felt my adult self and my kid self all in harmony :) Ah, the joys of sugar!

Like Silke said, in The Netherlands and Belgium, we know these cookies as “speculaas”. It’s been a weakness of mine for as long as I can remember, and I’ve always seen boxes of it (about twice the size of that Lotus package is a stardard box here) disappear in no time.
When I was young, we used to have bread spread with butter and covered in speculaas cookies: Heaven!

I started seeing jars of “Speculoos” (speculaas flavored spread) in supermarket about a year ago. I never dared buy one, cause … well… how do you stop eating it? But seeing posts pop up about people tasting and cooking with it too now.

August 9, 2010 07:32 AM
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may said...

OMG!! if only i saw this before i made my lemon cheesecake!!!! now i wanna make another cheesecake!! but its all going to my hips!!!! :) i love baking and cupcakes are MY FAVOURITE!!!!! but since i came to australia for college i haven’t been able to find time to bake!! i miss baking so bad!! and i want CAKE POPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 9, 2010 07:40 AM
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Krista said...

These look amazing!! I LOVE how thick the chocolate ganache is on the top of these bars!

August 9, 2010 07:43 AM
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Rachel from A Cupcake for Moose said...

Oh dear, those sound and LOOK amazzzzzing!!! Your creations just make me smile!

August 9, 2010 07:53 AM
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Lauren said...

Biscoff cookies!!! My one-year-old son just ate the last of the stash! I, too, had no idea that they could be purchased! Ohhh, dangerous. These cheesecake bars look wonderful! Once again, you rock, Bakerella!

August 9, 2010 08:21 AM
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UnaZebrApois said...

so delicious!You make me drool all over on my laptop ;P!!!!

August 9, 2010 08:22 AM
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Laurie Marchand said...

Yum-O babe, you’ve done it again!

August 9, 2010 08:33 AM
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Lien said...

I love the Lotus Speculoos (as we call them in Belgium) too! We also have them as a spread and ice-cream. Hmmm delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

August 9, 2010 08:39 AM
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MadeWithPink.com said...

I LOVE Cheesecake! I’ve made a svery similar bar before, but used chocolate cookie crumbs as the base. Soo tasty!!!

August 9, 2010 08:41 AM
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Andrea said...

You’ve gone and done it again, Bakerella !! I am drooling !
I will be trying this one this week. Thank you !

August 9, 2010 08:44 AM
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Tiffani said...

I love the way you cut these so clean and pretty. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

August 9, 2010 08:50 AM
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Elizabeth said...

As others have already mentioned, you can buy the cookies at Walmart and Walgreens, There are probably other places too, you just need to know what the packaging looks like to spot them. If you can’t find them anywhere near you, you can always order them from biscoff.com. It would be worth it for sure!

http://agirlinherkitchen.blogspot.com

August 9, 2010 08:51 AM
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sbc said...

These look fabulous, I cannot wait to try them. I love me some biscoff…and chocolate…and cheesecake…

August 9, 2010 09:07 AM
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Holly said...

Good Morning All ~ I am reading this mouth watering recipe at 9:07 a.m.,Monday.Wow ! ! ! I have to mention that those terrific cookies are available in the grocery stores too! I have seen Biscoff at Kroger 2 @ $5.00 and I believe Publix also has them Bakerella.So,you can save some money not flying to get them…( but then, where’s the fun? ).I agree with you, they have such a great flavor.I have got to stop reading your newsletter in the morning…unless,,,,unless…you’ve got a coffee cake recipe that is quick to prep. the night before or early in the a.m…Thank you again for this recipe, sure looks heavenly and I know my husband will love these for sure.

August 9, 2010 09:13 AM
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Kristi said...

you are trying to kill me. i’m sure of it. but oh, what a way to go…

August 9, 2010 09:22 AM
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Jess said...

These look so good! I had no idea you could buy the delta cookies at the store. Are they at regular grocery stores?

August 9, 2010 09:22 AM
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Ruth Norton said...

OH MY WORD!!!! It took all I had not to lick my computer. These look fabulous!!!! WOW!

August 9, 2010 09:23 AM
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Kathy in Greendale said...

How many packages of cookies will I need to purchase to get 1 1/2 cups of cookie crumbs? I HAVE to make these!

August 9, 2010 09:28 AM
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Michele said...

Oh, wow! Looks delicious!!!

August 9, 2010 09:32 AM
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annet said...

woah! great to see these cookies here. i’m from where they are made ;)

they are all over here, we call them speculoos. my mother has been dipping them into her coffee for as long as i remember. someone even made a bread spread out of it, which became very popular… and there is speculoos-flavoured ice cream too, with crunchy bits. mmm!

August 9, 2010 09:35 AM
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Deah said...

Looks Yummy!

Your love of Biscoff’s reminded me of a recent Cupcake Project post – http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2010/07/biscoff-cookies-from-scratch-recipe.html

August 9, 2010 09:52 AM
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Maria said...

I can’t wait to try these!!! You are so awesome!! Can’t wait to have the cake pop book in my hands!!!!

August 9, 2010 10:15 AM
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Julie said...

Oh, wow. That looks like HEAVEN!!!! YUM!

August 9, 2010 10:22 AM
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Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef said...

I love Biscoff cookies! Apparently there is also Biscoff spread too? I’d love to try it. And I don’t think I would like refrigerating those bars overnight. But I’m sure it makes them really tasty.

August 9, 2010 10:24 AM
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Gayle said...

Evil. Pure evil. Pure chocolate-covered Biscoff-y evil. Evil was never so delicious.

August 9, 2010 10:28 AM
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Irit said...

Oh no! They look so good! I’ll have to make some! I’m glad I’m not pregnant now, because as is I’m craving cheesecakes (at any given moment), and seeing this……….. Yum yum! ^_^
Thanks for the recipe!

August 9, 2010 10:32 AM
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Cathy M said...

Bakerella, how do you cut your bars to have them look so lovely?

August 9, 2010 10:33 AM
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Seanna Lea said...

I don’t think I could use the biscoff cookies if they have coffee flavoring, but the teddy grahams are surprisingly tasty and make great crumb for crusts.

I just need to whip up the chocolate topping for the latest batch of chocolate peanut butter rice crispy treats and then liberate the pan for this!

August 9, 2010 10:34 AM
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Patti said...

Mmmmm..heaven.

August 9, 2010 10:36 AM
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sue mannel said...

i also use zweibach (the teething cracker for babies) as a crust to a cheesecake recipe i have.

sue :)

August 9, 2010 10:39 AM
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blackbookkitchendiaries said...

wow… these are amazing. i tried making this over the weekend and it is so good. I use mocha shortbread cookies since that was all I had. Can you please share how do you cut those slices so neatly? :)thanks for sharing.

August 9, 2010 10:42 AM
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Nancy L said...

I LOVE Biscoff cookies! I’ve been dreaming about making a cheesecake crust with them for ages…they just never made it that far. They are so good with a cup of coffee, with ice cream, just about anything!

Now I will have to make that cheesecake. That looks wonderful!

August 9, 2010 10:45 AM
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Monie said...

My favorite cookie.
OMG.
These are truly inspired.
Can’t wait to try!

August 9, 2010 10:57 AM
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JustMe said...

I have to make this recipe. I love Biscoff cookies! I love cheesecake! I love chocolate! This will be simply heaven!

August 9, 2010 11:04 AM
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Kim said...

Ok, These look divine. Did you see this?

http://www.biscoff.com/gourmet/shop?method=itembuy&itemid=0814

August 9, 2010 11:11 AM
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Puna said...

I LOVE this! Wonderful!

August 9, 2010 11:12 AM
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Tara said...

Oh yum. These look so pretty and delicious! And possibly something I can do fairly comparable to yours. Which would be a first.

August 9, 2010 11:22 AM
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Dena said...

My hips thank you! Can’t wait to make this!

August 9, 2010 11:25 AM
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Alion said...

Mmmm… These look yummy! I’m gonna have to try them

August 9, 2010 11:42 AM
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