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Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

When you don't have time to bake a real cheesecake, reach for this easy recipe. An almond-flavored dough serves as both crust and topping for a soft fudgy filling. —Louise Good, Flemington, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • FILLING:
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extract. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Press half the dough onto the bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Set aside remaining dough for topping.
  • For filling, in a large saucepan, combine the chocolate chips, cream cheese and milk; cook and stir over low heat until smooth. Remove from the heat; stir in walnuts and extract. Spread over dough.
  • Break off small pieces of remaining dough; drop over filling. Bake at 375° until topping is golden brown, 35-40 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 160 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 92mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • Hemmen Girls
    Sep 21, 2017

    Delish! We all loved!!

  • KariR
    Mar 2, 2013

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  • KristiBenshoof
    Jan 6, 2012

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  • mewolcott412
    Mar 10, 2011

    These were easy to make, and the almond flavor of the extract really came thru.