Fruit-Topped Dessert Squares Recipe

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I love to try new dessert recipes...and so does my family! We really enjoy these chocolate chip cookie bars dressed up with strawberries and a fluffy white- chocolate mixture.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 36 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • TOPPING:
  • 2 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup whipped topping
  • 2 cups halved fresh strawberries
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, well drained
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 208 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 150 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.
  2. Spread into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-22 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine white chocolate and milk. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 30-60 seconds or until chocolate is melted. Stir until smooth; set aside. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Gradually beat in white chocolate mixture. Fold in whipped topping. Spread over crust.
  4. Arrange strawberries and oranges over the top. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and butter; stir until smooth. Drizzle over fruit. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until chilled. Cut into bars. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Fruit-Topped Dessert Squares in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2006, p204

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 208 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 150 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

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