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Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

 Chocolate Cheesecake Bars
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
48 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups King Arthur Unbleached 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Breaking off small pieces, drop remaining dough over filling. Bake at

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Chocolate Cheesecake Bars (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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.