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Chocolate Cheesecake Bars Recipe

When you don't have time to bake a real cheesecake, reach for this easy recipe. An almond-flavored dough serves as both crust and topping for a soft chocolatey filling. —Louise Good, Flemington, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling YIELD:48 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • FILLING:
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extract. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Press half of the dough onto the bottom of a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Set aside remaining dough for topping.
  • 2. For filling, in a large saucepan, combine the chocolate chips, cream cheese and milk; cook and stir over low heat until smooth. Remove from the heat; stir in walnuts and extract. Spread over dough.
  • 3. Breaking off small pieces, drop remaining dough over filling. Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 4 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 bar: 160 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 92mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein

Reviews for Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

"I was making this recipe to take to a meeting, and sampled a piece after baking. These bars were not good...the crust was extremely dry and the overall taste was not appetizing. I had to throw them out because I was not comfortable serving them to others. I followed the recipe exactly. I am very disappointed and will not be making these again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2011

"These were easy to make, and the almond flavor of the extract really came thru."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2009

"Delish! We all loved!!"

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