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Chocolate Cheese Layered Bars

These rich and chocolaty bars are a hit at church and family gatherings. Folks love the chocolate and cream cheese layers.—Sharon Schaa, Murray, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • CHEESE LAYER:
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Beat in chocolate and vanilla until well blended. Combine flour and baking powder; stir into chocolate mixture. Fold in pecans. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  • In another large bowl, combine cream cheese and butter. Beat in the sugar, egg, flour and vanilla until well combined. Fold in pecans. Spread over the chocolate layer; sprinkle with chips.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until edges pull away from sides of pan. Sprinkle with marshmallow; bake 2 minutes longer or until puffed. Spread evenly over cream cheese layer. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a large saucepan, combine first four topping ingredients. Cook and stir over low heat until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth. Spread over cooled bars. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 330 calories, 18g fat (9g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 135mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • shaybabe
    Feb 25, 2018

    I thought these were a lot of work and are very sweet. I was hoping the bottom would be more cookie like and the cream cheese layer would cut the sweetness but they just taste like sugar. I also think the marshmello layer came out a bit tough, chewy instead of gooey.

  • ArianeDawn
    Nov 3, 2012

    Wonder if these would freeze well? they sound so delicious!!

  • marrisa_s
    Oct 18, 2011

    Easy to make and soooo good!!!!

  • twinkle8o3
    Jul 6, 2008

    These are sooooo incredibly delicious. I will be making these for every get-together and picnic. They took me way longer than 20 minutes prep time the first time I made them though. But they were worth all the extra time.