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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Diana said...

Now I really have a craving for cheesecake!

August 11, 2010 03:29 AM
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Lean said...

Hehe, I live in the country of speculoos :3

August 11, 2010 06:14 AM
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Heather said...

Made these Monday and had them last night! SOOO yummy. My mother-in-law loved them too. Couldn’t find the crust cookies called for but shortbread did the trick. Another delicious cheesecake crust is Cracklin’ Oat Bran cereal… my mother’s trick for her gourmet two layer cheesecake.

August 11, 2010 09:19 AM
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Liz said...

Am i very blessed that i live in the Netherlands and can by these cookies by dozen at the grocerystore? :-)
Gonna try to make them this afternoon

August 11, 2010 09:22 AM
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Verena said...

I love your site! I find so much inspiration here! Your cheesecake bars look so delicious!

Have a fantastic day!
Verena

August 11, 2010 09:49 AM
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Meredith said...

oh my do these look delicious!!!

August 11, 2010 10:44 AM
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Lorna Bruce said...

I just made these, they are sooooooooo moreish. Here in the uk these buiscuts are called Lotus buiscuts not biscotee. There redily available in most uk supermarkets.

August 11, 2010 10:50 AM
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Rachies said...

My boyfriend just got back from Belgium and brought a Biscoff spread! Needless to say, it is to die for!!!

Also, I made the cheesecake last night and, my-oh-my, how AMAZING they are!!!! I made half of them as bars and half as “cupcakes”….. most of them are already gone!

num num nummers!

Thanks!

August 11, 2010 12:30 PM
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Kristen4815 said...

Well, YUM! These look so delicious! And my husband loves cheesecake. I am not opposed to it, myself. ;)

August 11, 2010 01:32 PM
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Flavia said...

Hello!

Congratulations for this pretty and delicious things!

Please, I will go to Miami on September. Where I can find a store to eat some cakes, and buy some books to a great friend that is crazy for cupcakes?!

Thanks a lot!
Flavia

August 11, 2010 02:09 PM
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tina said...

(groan!) I picked the wrong week to start a diet!

August 11, 2010 03:19 PM
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Jess said...

These look amazing….
What could be used instead of chocolate for someone who (shock horror) doesnt like it (moi…)? Would marshmallow spread work? Idk what else could be used…
Am going to make these asap

August 11, 2010 03:20 PM
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Erin said...

Those look so sinfully delicious. I can’t wait to try.

August 11, 2010 04:17 PM
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Jane said...

Thank you for sharing all these with us. I’m also curious about how did you cut squares so neatly?

August 11, 2010 04:35 PM
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Janniek said...

I made these today, and oh my god, it’s delicious! Heavenly and also really heavy with all the chocolate. But since I’m trying to GAIN weight that’s all right.

August 11, 2010 05:25 PM
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Lyn said...

Looks heavenly, but REFRIGERATE OVERNIGHT, that would drive me insane. I wouldn’t be able to sleep, knowing that it was in there waiting to be eaten. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

August 11, 2010 05:42 PM
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Pricy Darrell said...

My Walmart carries these cookies in the cookie aisle. Also you can get a catalog directly from the company.

August 11, 2010 09:29 PM
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Beth said...

I found the cookies at Walmart, or they are sold online at http://www.biscoff.com

August 11, 2010 10:28 PM
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ConnieC said...

I was overjoyed when I found Biscoff cookies at my local Walmart. I’m going to try this recipe very soon.

August 11, 2010 11:28 PM
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Megan said...

I am absolutely in love with this recipe!!! Those are my favorite cookies of all time. Can’t wait to make it.

August 11, 2010 11:30 PM
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momtoomany said...

What!?!?!?! you can buty them in a big package and eat all you want without tricking your own children into giving them to you? Where?!!?!?!? I think I would have noticed them on the shelf in my local market. Now I’m agitated. What if I can’t find them??

August 12, 2010 12:00 AM
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Mel said...

Those cookies are so good! My husband and I love those. Where did you find a bunch of them to buy?

August 12, 2010 12:50 AM
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Jessica said...

Yum! I love those dang cookies.

August 12, 2010 12:57 AM
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Laurence said...

It’s funny to see our typical Belgian cookie : speculoos. We always use them as the bottom part of cheesecakes.I love them soooo much!!!Normally we eat them round the 6 december for “Saint Nicolas” (but only once a year it’s too hard). You should try making a sandwich with speculoos hummm divine (add some butter on the breaqd) or even putting a slice of marzipan between two speculoos. Or even the Belgian Tiramissu to die for… :) There are many recipe using them or even to make them…
I’ll have to give this recipe a go sometimes!!

August 12, 2010 03:32 AM
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emy said...

This has gotten me drooling. Will have to try it out!

August 12, 2010 05:59 AM
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jailmefw said...

Make me hungry.
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August 12, 2010 06:33 AM
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The Cute Couponer said...

This is just what I need to make it through the week!

Thanks,

Valerie

http://www.thecutecouponer.blospot.com

August 12, 2010 07:06 AM
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Jane's Sweets said...

Oh my gosh! These look completely fantastic.Love your use of those crunchy cookies, too. Bakerella does it again!

August 12, 2010 09:09 AM
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Melanie said...

I made this last night to share with friends tonight. I have always loved ganache, and wanted to try making it. I had no idea it was so easy, and it looks so pretty on top of the cheesecake bars! I have never had the cookies before, but found them at my grocery store. The extras didn’t make it on top as crumbs, I enjoyed them while the cheescake baked!

Thank you for another great recipe; thanks in large part to you, I have become known as the “dessert lady” at our Thursday night family bible study. Everyone is always excited to see what I make, and I get to try making new things!

August 12, 2010 12:04 PM
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Heidi said...

I love these bars!!

I remember my mom making them when i was little!

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August 12, 2010 02:34 PM
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Cassie said...

Ummm yum! I will definitely add these to my list of things to make!

August 12, 2010 03:35 PM
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The Teacher Cooks said...

These look amazing! Bookmarking these now. My students always want to make cheesecake and these will be perfect for a demonstration.

August 12, 2010 04:07 PM
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lauren said...

What?!? These look incredible!

I must make them this weekend! :)

August 12, 2010 05:11 PM
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Brie said...

Oh my goodness that is yummy central! My friends bday is coming up and now I know what I am going to make! Thanks for the great ideas!

August 12, 2010 10:10 PM
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Jenn said...

My 5 yr old just saw this and decided she HAD to have them for her birthday party next week. Mom’s NOT protesting! YUM!

August 12, 2010 10:34 PM
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Melissa said...

I was making cookies with my 2-year-old tonight. As we tipped in the packed brown sugar, she said “Look Mama, castles!” Great minds…

August 13, 2010 01:12 AM
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Elke said...

Dear Bakerella,

The coikies you used for the cheesecake crust are indeed a very popular type of cookie,especially well known in Belgium and the Netherlands. We call them “speculaas” or “speculoos”. It was fun seeing that people abroad also enjoy our national “pride”. A begian girl

August 13, 2010 03:20 AM
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Noami said...

Hi this looks great!… I just moved to Albuquerque, NM from Virginia. Military family. I want to make these for some friends, but scared because i don’t know how to adjust to hight altitude. I made some others like the smore’s and they turned out like little flat tires, they were good and we ate them. Any advice?
Thanks,
Noami

August 13, 2010 09:57 AM
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Kristina said...

It shall be my mission to make these today :D!!

August 13, 2010 12:06 PM
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Wendy said...

These cookies are made in Belgium and they are very popular indeed. We call them ‘speculoos’ or ‘lotuscookies’ after the brand. We have also speculoos spread and icecream. It is also very yummie in tiramisu !

August 13, 2010 12:52 PM
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Michelle said...

I have one in the fridge ready to serve to guests later today. We’ll see how that goes!

Thanks for the perfect timing recipe!

August 13, 2010 02:23 PM
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Melanie said...

For Noami who was worried about the high altitude- I live in Cheyenne, WY and ajust most recipes to high altitude. I made these exactly as the recipe calls for, and they turned out perfect, no need to make any adjustments!

August 13, 2010 05:52 PM
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Catherine said...

Wow….wow! I’m off to the store get the ingredients!

August 13, 2010 06:42 PM
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Angie said...

These look amazing…my two favorite things, cheesecake and ganache. Can’t go wrong there! Thank you for sharing!

August 13, 2010 08:20 PM
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Lisa {a house full of moxie} said...

They have these cookies on Delta flights and they are yummy! I know this would taste awesome.

August 13, 2010 10:20 PM
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carla said...

These Look so delicious,wonderful,I have to make this recipe for my kids and family.thanks

August 14, 2010 11:48 AM
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Penny said...

Made these and we love them! I had to add a couple more ounces of chocolate to the ganache because it looked a little light. But oh, they’re so good! And they cut nicely and neatly also. Thanks for sharing this!

August 14, 2010 09:11 PM
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Jae said...

I made these earlier today, I only let them set 6 hours, and tried one! PSHHH SO good! :] I know that after it sits the rest of the night they will be amazing. My only thing is how did you cut yours so cleanly!

August 14, 2010 09:51 PM
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Veerle said...

Those cookies are made here in Belgium and I suppose they are a lot cheaper here than they are when you buy them on the plane… I could perhaps send a big box filled with these cookies to America, if people are interested?

August 15, 2010 07:45 AM
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nathalie said...

Hi there, Bakerella !!
I am from France and I can precise that these cookies are very well know in the North of France and Belgium and called Speculoos ! It’s very fun to see that they have another name in your country !! We eat them while drinking coffee or bake desserts with them like you did and like these little speculoos tiramisus I made the other day :
http://hanaelagourmande.canalblog.com/archives/p10-10.html
Love your blog !! kind regards ! Nathalie

August 15, 2010 11:40 AM
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Palaisdeslys said...

Oh my god!!!! This is awesome!!!

August 15, 2010 02:00 PM
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Ashley said...

I got REALLY excited when I saw this recipe! Love those cookies! GENIUS to use them in a crust! Can’t wait to make this!
btw, recently made your red velevet cake with cream cheese icing…so delish!

August 15, 2010 03:49 PM
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Ami said...

Those look soo good! btw, “Something to maintain my weight.” that made me LAUGH! I literally was rolling around on the floor giggling x3

August 15, 2010 05:52 PM
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Rachel said...

I just made these yesterday for my mom’s birthday. A-maz-ing! The perfect blend of textures. The only time I’ve encountered the delicious Biscoff cookie was on an airplane (when they used to give you food.) I had no idea where to buy them, so I used Belgian butter cookies from Trader Joe’s. They have almond slivers but I knew the flavor and texture of the cookie itself was similar to Biscoff.

August 16, 2010 09:08 AM
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Becky Scott said...

Can I just say that not only was this the easiest cheesecake I have ever made, but it was the most delicious??!!! Thank you so much for the recipe! Yummy!!!

August 16, 2010 04:10 PM
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Lacey said...

do you think you can make this as a regular cheesecake in a springform pan? I am in the process of making the bars now but was thinking I might make a cheesecake for the cake auction our church is having! :)

August 16, 2010 09:27 PM
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Rena said...

omg i can buy these at walgreens, i hope their the same thing

August 16, 2010 10:39 PM
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Lisa said...

When I saw these posted I just knew that I had to make them! My family LOVED these and now rank them as a favorite!!! I have decided that I am going to make them when I host Bunko next month! Thanks for the great recipe!

August 17, 2010 07:46 AM
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Melinda said...

I made these for my Bunco group last night and they were absolutely fabulous. Everybody loved them!

Thanks so much for the recipe!

August 17, 2010 09:43 AM
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Hollie said...

I LOVE those cookies!!!! They are seriously the first thing I think of when we choose to fly Delta. My husband thinks I’m crazy (what he doesnt know is that i order cookies for “him” while he’s sleeping on the plane! heehee!)

August 17, 2010 12:03 PM
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Nicole said...

These are a HUGE hit! Huge. Oh so tasty! I even licked the knife after cutting :) (i bake a lot and never feel compelled to lick/taste/eat the fruits of my labor – these bars are a game changer!) Thank you!

August 17, 2010 01:46 PM
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Stacy said...

These look fabulous!!!! I have a question though. How do I print the recipe without printing all the pics and the comments? I’m lazy but I’ll hand write it if I have to! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!

August 17, 2010 02:20 PM
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Sara said...

G-E-N-I-U-S!! These look amazing!

August 18, 2010 06:04 PM
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carmen verdad said...

I love this recipe for the way it looks, I will do it on sunday
to sorprend my family. thank you.

August 18, 2010 07:50 PM
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Kim @ Two Good Cookies said...

I think The Gent would be a big fan. Might get myself some brownie, er cheesecake, points by some baking this weekend!

August 19, 2010 05:54 PM
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Violet said...

I made these last weekend. Didn’t want to bother with looking for the Biscoff cookies, so I made a regular graham cracker crust. My guest is diabetic so I substituted Splenda Sugar Blend* for the sugar in the crust and the cheesecake and used light cream cheese. You would *never* know they are lower fat/sugar. They are sooooo good!!

*reduces the baking time by 10-15 minutes so watch them.

August 20, 2010 11:04 AM
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Sharon said...

Never knew these were sold in Walgreens – I have always loved these cookies ( fly Delta a lot) and often ordered them from their website even though it was expensive.

Wiped out my local Walgreens’ supply today – without spending much money !

Can’t wait to try the recipe.

August 20, 2010 08:23 PM
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Sway said...

$5 for a plain crêpe? Wow… I live in Germany and we pay have that for a plain on with sugar…. No matter how delicious they are, that is way expensive…

The other places look amazing, though…

August 21, 2010 05:07 AM
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Sway said...

And that comment was, of course, meant for the other post *headdesk*
I fail.

August 21, 2010 05:08 AM
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Anonymous said...

These cookies are actually called “speculoos” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speculaas). I love them! It’s the cinnamon that they put in them that makes them so yummy, to my opinion ;)

August 21, 2010 07:21 AM
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Aileen Clarke Crafts said...

Oh my goodness! These look amazing! Can’t wait to try making them. Just became a BIG fan of your blog.
PS Hello from Scotland, UK : )

August 21, 2010 10:26 AM
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Beth Wish said...

I made these earlier today and I just couldn’t wait anymore. I had to go get some right now. And OMG this is so delish!!!

August 21, 2010 10:18 PM
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Kim said...

I had no intention of making this. But after reading your post i was in line at Walgreens and saw those cookies. I bought them, made your cheesecake. And loved it. it was a beautiful cheesecake and a delicious crust. I never made ganache and that was awesome too… I will make this again!!!

August 22, 2010 03:17 PM
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Nathan said...

These were fabulous! I made them for a gathering this weekend and they were the hit of the party. One friend even asked me to make them again for her birthday this year. The Biscoff really add a fun flavor to the crust. Thanks so much for the recipe, I will be making it often!

August 22, 2010 06:07 PM
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Tara said...

Can’t wait to try these!

By the way, the main character in the children’s book, “Mouse Mess” lives your fantasy and makes sand castles with brown sugar. It’s a cute book for little ones.
http://www.amazon.com/Mouse-Mess-Linnea-Asplind-Riley/dp/0590100483/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1282526365&sr=1-1

August 22, 2010 09:27 PM
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Caitlin said...

Look Delicious…. I love cheese Cake, but I cant handle large amounts, These are Perfect size for ME!!!

August 23, 2010 12:39 AM
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Julie K said...

I’m not a huge chocolate lover. So although this looked good at first, it looked like a bit too much chocolate for me.

Then I scrolled down….

Biscoff cookie crust…HELLO! You had me!!! Those cookies are my favorite! You have me hooked. I must make this very soon!

August 23, 2010 10:07 AM
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Ashley said...

I made these last week and they were a huge hit! Thank you so much!

August 23, 2010 11:10 AM
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Kara said...

Fantabulous! I am ready to jump into my car and head out to buy the ingredients right now!
AWESOME!
Thanks for sharing

August 23, 2010 10:01 PM
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Jess said...

My first attempts at making cheesecake from scratch and these came out beautifully! Thanks so much for posting the recipe!

August 24, 2010 08:32 AM
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Anonymous said...

As a Delta flight attendant, I can attest to the deliciousness and versatility of Biscoff cookies!! They have saved many of us from starvation on those long days… ;) We get a little bored with the same thing flight after flight, so we try to make the most of what we have available.

*Squeeze a little fresh lime juice on top of a Biscoff and it tastes amazingly like key lime pie (yes, you can use them to make the crust for either key lime or lemon pie).
*Crush a couple of Biscoffs and sprinkle over any flavor yogurt for a little texture variety (even better than granola).
*Use Biscoffs as the layers for the ultimate s’mores.

…just to name a few! The possibilities of these little Biscoff cookie gems are endless, but if you can think of one, just know that your Delta crew has probably already tried it!

August 25, 2010 12:48 PM
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Meredith said...

These look beyond good. I will definitely have to try these!

August 27, 2010 09:50 AM
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alia said...

wewwwwwwww it was really awesome and seems delicious nyeeet

August 28, 2010 02:08 AM
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sierra said...

mmmm those look awesome i am 11 yrs old and a big fan love ur stuff

August 28, 2010 02:16 PM
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erin said...

oh wow, I might have to make these this week. looks so yummy

August 29, 2010 05:37 PM
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Patti MacLeith said...

My husband loves these, too! I found them for him at Walgreen’s, of all places. I NEED to make these for him! Thanks!

August 29, 2010 08:01 PM
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amylouwho said...

oh how I love you and then you posted this! I lived in France 15 years ago and wanted to make cheesecake for them but no graham crackers – so guess what we used? Yep!! These! I wasn’t smart enough to put the chocolate on top though. I will be making these!!

August 29, 2010 10:58 PM
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Corinne said...

Hmm, just baked this delicious treat and I can’t wait so sink my teeth in! I used ginger cookies btw.

August 30, 2010 04:31 PM
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Melissa S said...

Hey, I just found Biscoff cookies at TJMax the other day!! SCORE!!

August 31, 2010 12:52 AM
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Sandy said...

Wow! These look amazing. I am definately going to make these! Thanks! Btw – I love the photography on your site. Wondering what camera you have? Sandy

August 31, 2010 06:28 AM
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Anne Marie said...

I made these last week and they were a big success! Delicious and so creamy too.

September 1, 2010 09:53 AM
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Dainty said...

Dear Bakerella

I’d be happy to send you some Lotus cookies :) (I’m from Belgium and they’re readily available here) All I’d ask in return are some of your local American goodies, which I love but are expensive to buy through specialized websites. If you’re interested, drop me a mail!

Love
Dainty

September 1, 2010 03:13 PM
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Jenn Baker said...

OMG!!! I love those Biscoff cookies. They are my fav, Whenever I would fly Delta I would always ask for extra. I loved them so much that if I knew of any friends or family members flying Delta I would ask them to bring me back some cookies. Awful…I know.

Now they sell them in Walgreens and Publix. When I have a craving I can go buy them!

September 2, 2010 11:14 AM
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Beth Wish said...

I’ve made this 2 times now (not all for me, for family functions heheh). Anyway, they were a big hit. I found to make mine look like the picture with the ganache staying on top and all (and not running down the sides) it was necessary to alter the recipe just a touch. I had to make a firmer ganache and I did that by just cutting the heavy cream back by 1/4 cup and using 1/4 cup more chocolate. Worked perfectly and looked just like the picture!

September 2, 2010 09:27 PM
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Kareene said...

I tried the recipe, but I was surprised to see that for the ganache you used same equal parts of cream AND chocolate… Not surprised to see that it did not work! Did not make a ganache but rather a coulis that stayed soft even after a night in the fridge…Usually a real ganache is with less cream than chocolate or more chocolate than cream….Next time I’ll follow my knowledge in this area… Sorry.

September 3, 2010 07:23 AM
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Jennifer said...

These are amazing!!! My daughters woke up each morning asking if they could have “Bakerella Bars!!!” I put them in their lunches to ease their addiction. Thanks :)

September 3, 2010 02:11 PM
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Linda P. said...

Well, I was hoping to get a flight some where just to get enough cookies to use!! SPL used to order them for me when she worked at Delta -mmmmm. The recipe looks sinfully wonderful!!!

September 4, 2010 06:56 AM
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Anonymous said...

curse you, bakerella! you’ve foiled my diet, once again.

September 5, 2010 11:03 AM
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Angie L said...

I just baked these cheesecake bars for the Labor Day holiday. They are in the fridge and I can’t wait to taste them.

September 5, 2010 03:38 PM
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Angie L said...

I just tasted the cheesecake bars and they are heavenly!!!!! I will definitely make these again for the upcoming holidays. Thanks!!!!

September 5, 2010 10:23 PM
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