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Chocolate Cheese Layered Bars

 Chocolate Cheese Layered Bars
These rich and chocolaty bars are a hit at church and family gatherings. Folks love the chocolate and cream cheese layers.—Sharon Schaa, Murray, Iowa
24 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • CHEESE LAYER:
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons milk

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Chocolate Cheese Layered Bars (continued)

Ingredients (continued)

  • 3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in eggs. Beat in chocolate and vanilla until well blended. Combine
  • flour and baking powder; stir into chocolate mixture. Fold in
  • pecans. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  • In another large bowl, combine cream cheese and butter. Beat in the
  • sugar, egg, flour and vanilla until well combined. Fold in pecans.
  • Spread over the chocolate layer; sprinkle with chips.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until edges pull away from
  • sides of pan. Sprinkle with marshmallow; bake 2 minutes longer or
  • until puffed. Spread evenly over cream cheese layer. Cool on a wire
  • rack.
  • In a large saucepan, combine first four topping ingredients. Cook and
  • stir over low heat until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the
  • confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth. Spread over
  • cooled bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 330 calories, 18 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 58 mg cholesterol, 135 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.