So, has we get closer and closer to the holiday season, the baking cookbooks start to appear. There are already Christmas decorations in stores, and Thanksgiving meals being planned. However, if you go into your pantry you may notice the old Halloween candy is still there... and you have no idea what to do with it.

Well, look no further because I have the solution: Kit Kat Cheesecake Bars. These impressive little bites are very easy to make and can take less than an hour to prep. They are, however, 100% addicting, so be careful!

Kit Kat Cheesecake Bars

Adapted from:  Baker's Royale

For the Crust:
1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
7 tablespoons of butter

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Place graham cracker crust and sugar in a bowl and toss to combine. Add in melted butter and mix to combine. Press mixture onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 7-10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool while making cheesecake portion.

For the Chocolate Cheesecake:
12 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
6 Kit Kat packages

Place all ingredients in a bowl and beat until fully combined and smooth; set aside. Place Kit Kat bars on top of crust. Pour cheesecake mixture over Kit Kat bars and bake for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees F. Remove from oven and set aside to cool. 

For the Ganache:

10oz. chocolate
8 tablespoons butter
4 oz white chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy cream

Place chocolate and butter in a heat proof bowl over simmering water, gently stir until chocolate is melted and butter is fully combined. Pour chocolate over baked cheesecake.

Place white chocolate chips in a heat proof bowl. Boil heavy cream. Pour boiled heavy cream over chocolate and let sit. Do not stir for 3-4 minutes. Then using a sturdy spatula gently stir and fold chocolate, continuing until chocolate is completely melted. Chocolate may appear lumpy for the first few stirs, but will melt into smoothness. Transfer mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a number 2 round tip or a place mixture in a Ziploc bag and cut a small hole in one corner.
Pipe white chocolate horizontally across from top to bottom. Use a toothpick and starting at the top drag the toothpick vertically through horizontal lines. Starting from the bottom drag the toothpick to the top. Continue to alternate starting points with toothpick.

 So that is it! It seems like a lot of work because of all of the layers, but it goes by quickly!
Until next week!

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