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Bacon Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Blondies

If you're a sweet and savory fan like me, you'll go wild over this bacon cookie bar recipe. You just can't beat a cookie, brownie and cheesecake all mixed up and sprinkled with bacon. —Katie O'Keeffe, Derry, New Hampshire
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 45 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    16 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • CHEESECAKE LAYER:
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°. Line a 9-in. square baking pan with foil, letting ends extend up sides; grease foil.
  • Reserve 1/4 cup crumbled bacon for top. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, salt and baking soda; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and remaining bacon. Press half of the dough onto bottom of prepared pan.
  • For cheesecake layer, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs, milk and vanilla; beat on low speed just until blended. Pour over dough in prepared pan; drop remaining dough by rounded tablespoons over cheesecake layer. Sprinkle with reserved bacon.
  • Bake until golden brown, 45-50 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Refrigerate at least 4 hours before cutting. Lifting with foil, remove from pan. Cut into bars.

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  • Dark brown sugar contains more molasses than light or golden brown sugar. The types are generally interchangeable in recipes. But if you prefer a bolder flavor, choose dark brown sugar.
  • Try all of our other amazing blondie recipes.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 bar: 534 calories, 31g fat (18g saturated fat), 113mg cholesterol, 523mg sodium, 61g carbohydrate (45g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.

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    • VICTORIA
      Jan 24, 2020

      The one thing I discovered was the instructions are off . It states a 9" square pan. After I tried to put all the ingredients into a 9" pan it was obvious it wasn't going to fit. I put 1/2 cookie dough on the bottom then added the cream cheese mixture, as per instructions

    • Cheryl
      May 17, 2018

      I followed the recipe, but at 375 degrees the top browned beyond golden in 42 minutes, and it wasn't until I took the pan out of the fridge the next morning and cut up the brownies that I realized the cheesecake layer hadn't baked enough. Most pieces were actually runny.

    • ejshellabarger
      Jan 20, 2016

      Yummy recipe, but my only complaint is that the bacon was not very prominent in the final product. I'll add more bacon and less chocolate chips next time.