Sunday, April 15, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

"Honey, would you like chocolate chip cookies or cheesecake?"

How about both?!?!

These are a real treat!  I'm positive when I say that these will win your taste buds.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper allowing it to over hang on the pan.

For the Crust:
~1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
(that's about 9 whole squares)
~5 tbsp melted butter

Mix above ingredients and press into pan sprayed with cooking spray.

Place into oven and cook just until golden brown.  About 6 minutes.  Remove and allow to cool.

For the Chocolate Chip Cookie topping:
 ~5 tbsp butter room temperature
~1/3 cup light brown sugar
~3 tbsp sugar
~1/4 tsp salt
~1 tbsp vanilla
~1/2 cup flour
~2/3 cup chocolate chips
Mix ingredients together for chocolate chip cookie topping.  Mixture will be dry and flaky.

For the Cream Cheese Filling:
~10 oz neufchatel cheese (or cream cheese) at room temperature
~1/4 cup sugar
~1 egg
~1 tbsp vanilla

Mix ingredients together with an electric mixer for the cream cheese filling until smooth.
Pour mixture over prepared graham cracker crust.
After smoothing the cream cheese mixture and covering crust, place the topping over the cream cheese filling.
Place in oven for about 35 minutes.  It is done once the top has turned a golden brown.
Cool completely.  Place in the refrigerator for several hours before cutting.
To cut pick up by the parchment paper.

Kate Anne

Recipe adapted from Brandy's Baking

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