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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 equals 160 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 92 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.