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Chocolate-Peanut Cheesecake Bars

 Chocolate-Peanut Cheesecake Bars
You won’t hear any complaints about these rich bars layered with a can’t-go-wrong combination of flavors. —Diane Nemitz, Ludington, Michigan
24 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (17-1/2 ounces) peanut butter cookie mix
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup chopped salted peanuts
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • GANACHE:
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions

  • In a large bowl combine the cookie mix and butter; stir in peanuts.
  • Press onto the bottom of a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake
  • at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
  • Add eggs and vanilla; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour
  • over crust.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire
  • rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Place chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream
  • just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Cool,

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Chocolate-Peanut Cheesecake Bars (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • stirring occasionally, to room temperature or until ganache reaches
  • a spreading consistency, about 40 minutes. Spread over top.
  • Refrigerate until firm. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield:
  • 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 bar equals 294 calories, 19 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 50 mg cholesterol, 200 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.