Chocolate Streusel Bars for #SundaySupper

by Renee on February 2, 2014

Chocolate Streusel Bars | Magnolia Days

Players are lined up and ready for the big game. Each one brings their talents to make a winning team. Flour, sugar, and cocoa are called in first to get the foundation play started. Butter cuts in to pull them together for a strong base. Heat solidifies the first play and it’s time for the next. Cream cheese and condensed milk make a beater play and call in eggs and vanilla for assistance. They cover the foundation however leave an open end. It’s back in the hands of flour’s special team and pecans are brought into the mix. The field is covered and more heat brings the victory. Chocolate Streusel Bars are a clear winner for any occasion.

Cooking and baking are my sports. Not the kind of competition on television shows, it is more of a fun game of constantly improving and learning new things. It’s the thrill of victory when I make a new dish that a selective eater thoroughly enjoys. It’s discovering new techniques like rubbing citrus zest into sugar to bring out the flavor as I did with a tangerine yogurt cake. (I definitely scored on that one). It’s also making something my friends enjoy eating while watching sports.

Chocolate Streusel Bars | Magnolia Days

Chocolate Streusel Bars are a great game day treat. A chocolate crust is covered with a layer of sweetened cream cheese and topped with more chocolate in the form of pecan streusel. They are creamy, nutty, chocolate-y bars of deliciousness.

Chocolate Streusel Bars | Magnolia Days

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Chocolate Streusel Bars

45 minutes

Makes 20 to 24 bars

Chocolate Streusel Bars

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Add flour, sugar, cocoa, and salt to the bowl of a food processor fitted with a knife blade. Pulse to combine.

Add the diced butter. Pulse until it resembles coarse crumbs (mixture will be dry).

Reserve 2 cups of the crumb mixture in a bowl to be used for the topping.

Pour the remaining crumb mixture into a 9- X 13-inch baking pan, spread evenly, and firmly press down.

Bake the crust for 15 minutes.

Beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add condensed milk, egg, and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Pour over warm baked crust.

Stir pecans into the reserved crumb mixture. Sprinkle evenly over cream cheese mixture.

Return the pan to the oven and bake 25 minutes or until bubbly.

Cool completely on a wire rack then refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Slice into bars or squares. Store covered in the refrigerator.


Time stated does not include time for chilling before slicing into bars.

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{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

The Ninja Baker February 2, 2014 at 2:46 am

Bravissimo for your masterful play on baking and Super Bowl moves! Your chocolate streusel bars are indeed big time winners! Thank you for sharing the victorious recipe =)


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes February 2, 2014 at 6:45 am

Your first paragraph is spot on Renee, and anything with streusel makes me happy! Now, chocolate streusel… that deserves a special mention, amazing!


Alida February 2, 2014 at 7:20 am

Cooking and baking is definitely my kind of sport too! These bars look scrumptious!


Alice // Hip Foodie Mom February 2, 2014 at 8:28 am

love your opening paragraph! :) and hello?! These chocolate streusel bars (or pecan streusel I should say) look amazing!!! Love that you added pecans into the crumb topping!


Nicole February 2, 2014 at 8:40 am

Mmmmm you said chocolate and those bars look amazing. I love the streusel on top!
Your paragraph with the football/recipe is AWESOME!


Roz February 2, 2014 at 10:10 am

Streusel on top of chocolate? This is insanely genius! I agree Renee, cooking and baking are foodie’s favorite sport!


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 2, 2014 at 11:56 am

Yum! Love the bars! They look just delish!!!


Family Foodie February 2, 2014 at 12:11 pm

I need these in my life… if only I lived next door to you…


Christie February 2, 2014 at 12:20 pm


These look DIVINE!! It’s like a chocolate cheesecake in a bar. YUMMM!!!! #pinning


Constance @FoodieArmyWife February 2, 2014 at 12:47 pm

These are gorgeous!!! I definitely need to give these a try.


Delaware Girl Eats February 2, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Renee — my husband will go nuts over these — he’s a chocoholic — thanks for the recipe!


Tara February 2, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Yum, yum, yum, I could eat the whole pan of these!!


Melanie February 2, 2014 at 1:47 pm

These look absolutely amazing! #pinning


Kayle (The Cooking Actress) February 2, 2014 at 2:47 pm

I love chocolate, I love streusel, EVERYBODY WINS! :)


Betsy @ Desserts Required February 2, 2014 at 3:56 pm

My, my, my…

Another delicious recipe and more gorgeous pictures!!


Nichole C February 2, 2014 at 4:04 pm

I love streusel anything, and this is definitely no exception!


Liz February 2, 2014 at 5:09 pm

These look heavenly, Renee!!! And I’d enjoy them even if there wasn’t a big game ;)


Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons February 2, 2014 at 6:07 pm

These look like a perfect breakfast cookie bar to me :)


Manu February 2, 2014 at 6:22 pm

I love a good streusel! And these bars look like perfection to me! I would happily have them with that glass of milk!


kathia February 2, 2014 at 7:07 pm

I will devour the entire tray. :D


Tammi @ Momma's Meals February 2, 2014 at 8:52 pm

I love desserts for any game day!! This one is a MUST, I bet the every single one was gobbled up!


dina February 2, 2014 at 10:35 pm

it looks delish!


Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) February 3, 2014 at 9:53 am

I swear any dessert made with that condensed milk is a winner. Thanks for sharing this recipe, Pinned.


Shaina February 3, 2014 at 10:04 am

I love anything that has a streusel topping! I’d eat the whole pan ahh


Laura Dembowski February 3, 2014 at 12:48 pm

The colors and textures play off each other perfectly in these bars!


Nancy @ gottagetbaked February 3, 2014 at 12:51 pm

This is such a great post, Renee. Love the first paragraph! And obviously, I’m in love with these beautiful, perfect bars. They’re lovely! And lucky me, I have all the ingredients at home to make these.


Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) February 3, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Yum! Never heard of chocolate streusel but now I am a HUGE fan


Courtney @ Neighborfood February 3, 2014 at 3:36 pm

I totally get baking be a sport. I’m not a competitive person, but baking certainly challenges me to constantly be improving in a way that sports never could. ;) These really look fabulous Renee! I’m stumbling!


Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious February 3, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Almost too pretty to eat! Almost.


Anita at Hungry Couple February 3, 2014 at 4:45 pm

I don’t need any kind of event to eat these. They have chocolate. And streusel. And chocolate. :)


Jane's Adventures in Dinner February 4, 2014 at 11:47 am

Yum! My students would do anything for me if I brought these in.


Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere February 4, 2014 at 4:24 pm

These sound delicious! I love the chocolate and pecan streusel!


The Wimpy Vegetarian February 4, 2014 at 6:40 pm

What a terrific idea for a dessert bar! I love these. And I’m with you. I would much prefer foodball to football.


Jennie @themessybakerblog February 5, 2014 at 10:24 am

I’m not much into football, but I sure do love the sport of baking and eating. These look decadent.


Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen February 5, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Fabulous!! These are going on my MUST MAKE list!!


Katy February 5, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Cream cheese, chocolate and streusel – what a glorious combination! You have made Game Day food elegant and I will happily forsake the savory snacks for one of these delightful bars!


Carla February 5, 2014 at 9:10 pm

Game day treat, snowy day treat, every day treat. Whatever the occasion, these bars need to be on my menu ;)


Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:33 am

I hope they will be on your menu soon. I can see you really enjoying them.


Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips February 7, 2014 at 10:45 pm

Renee!! Your football analogy for baking these bars – too funny! And these look way too good!


Renee February 19, 2014 at 11:18 am

Thanks! That’s about as close to anything I know about football as it gets.


Hezzi-D February 10, 2014 at 6:49 am

Renee these look beautiful! I love the combination of the chocolate with the streusel topping…YUM!


Renee February 19, 2014 at 10:59 am

Streusel topping is simply heavenly to me. I was in bliss eating these bars with chocolate too.


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