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Fruit-Topped Dessert Squares Recipe

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 YIELD:36 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon 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

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.

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.