Black Forest Dream Bars are pure cherry-chocolate bliss! You'll love the rich combination of chocolate cheesecake, pudding and maraschino cherries in this easy black forest dessert recipe.
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28Dark Chocolate Oreosdivided
3.9 ounceschocolate fudge pudding
1 ½ cups milk
8 ouncescream cheese
½cup dark chocolate chips
8ouncesCool Whip or 1 stabilized Whipped Cream Recipedivided
20ouncescherry pie filling
Hershey's chocolate barfor shavings
long stem maraschino cherries for decoration
In a medium microwavable bowl, melt butter.
Place 20 of the Oreos into a food processor or blender and pulse until fine crumbs. Pour into bowl and mix with the melted butter until well combined.
Line an 8 X 8-inch baking pan with parchment, and put the cookie crumbs into it, patting into an even layer all the way to the edges. Place pan into the freezer to set for at least 30 minutes.
In a medium bowl, whisk the pudding with the 1 ½ cups of milk. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Chocolate Cheesecake Layer
In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the confectioners' sugar, and vanilla and mix completely.
in a small microwavable bowl, melt the chocolate chips for 30 seconds, and stir. Heat again for 10 second intervals until smooth and completely melted, stirring in between. Pour the melted chocolate into the cream cheese and mix until well combined. Fold in one cup of the Cool Whip or stabilized whipped cream, and blend well.
Remove the crust from the freezer and spread the cheesecake to all edges of the pan in an even layer.
With an offset spatula, spread the cherry pie filling over the cheesecake.
Gently spread the pudding completely over the cherries.
Spread the remaining Cool Whip or stabilized whipped cream over the pudding. Refrigerate for at least two hours.
Place the 8 remaining Oreos in a Ziploc bag and crush. Top with chocolate covered cherries, crushed Oreos, and chocolate bar shavings before serving.