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Chocolate-Peanut Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Chocolate-Peanut Cheesecake Bars Recipe

You won’t hear any complaints about these rich bars layered with a can’t-go-wrong combination of flavors. —Diane Nemitz, Ludington, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min. + chilling YIELD:24 servings

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

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. Place chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Cool, 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.