Marble Cheesecake Bars

In honor of National Cheesecake Day, I made these Marble Cheesecake Bars.  Not that I really need an excuse to bake.  Making an entire cheesecake just sounded like too much work, so this easy version satisfied the cheesecake craving in just a portion of the time.

Marble Cheesecake Bars

You will need:

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons strong coffee
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips or bar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°
  2. Combine cake mix, 1/3 cup butter and egg in a medium sized bowl.  Beat on medium speed until well blended.
  3. Press the cake mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 pan.
  4. In another bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth.
  5. Gradually add the powered sugar and combine.
  6. Blend in the 2 eggs, vanilla, and coffee.
  7. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the cake mixture and even out with a spatula.
  8. In a small, microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips or bar.
  9. Drop small spoonfuls over the cream cheese mixture.  Drag a butter knife through the drops to create the marble effect.
  10. Bake on center rack for 25 minutes.
  11. Cool completely and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until firm.

2 thoughts on “Marble Cheesecake Bars

  1. I’ve been making these for years from one of my mom’s recipes (she calls them Madison Avenue Mocha Brownies) and I have NEVER found someone else who made anything similar. The only difference is my recipe calls for a couple tablespoons of instant granules instead of real coffee, but I bet they taste the same. They’re definitely more impressive-looking than your average brownie!

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