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Makeover Cream Cheese Streusel Bars

With an oh-so-chocolaty crust, a crispy, crunchy topping and soft cream cheese filling, these delectable bars are over-the-top indulgent. —Janet Coops, Duarte, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 can (14 ounces) fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, whisk together first five ingredients; cut in butter until fine crumbs form (mixture will be powdery). Reserve 1/2 cup mixture for topping. Lightly press remaining mixture into an 8-in. square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake just until set, 8-10 minutes.
  • Beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in milk. Add egg and vanilla; beat just until blended. Pour over crust. Bake 15 minutes.
  • Sprinkle reserved topping over filling. Bake until filling is set, 5-10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. Store in refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 216 calories, 9g fat (6g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 164mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 fat.

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  • foxychick577
    Jan 5, 2014

    looking good

  • echocard
    Oct 4, 2012

    I had low expectations when I made this recipe but loved it. I squirted some I Can't Believe it's Not butter on the crust suspecting that it could be dry and flowery. I will make it for Thanksgiving so that we can save a little on the calories

  • craze119
    May 29, 2012

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  • cgail0173
    Mar 25, 2012

    WHOEVER JUDGE THE AMOUNT OF INGREDIENTS IN THIS RECIPE WAS TOTALLY WRONG...THIS RECIPE TURNED OUT AWFUL. THE CRUST WAS STILL FLOUR MIXTURE AND THE TOPPING WAS FLOUR MIXTURE ALSO, DID NOT TURN OUT GOOD AT ALL. WE WERE NOT ABLE TO EVEN EAT THIS, SO IT WAS A WASTE OF MY MONEY.

  • andij68
    Jun 23, 2009

    not as good as expected.The topping didn't melt like it should have leaving a coco/flour/sugar powder on top where a nice chocolatey crumble should have been. Ok flavor but the bottom was really hard.I followed directions and used listed ingredients...

  • milefchik
    Jun 9, 2009

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  • aimeesbowtique
    Jan 12, 2009

    These turned out poorly. Not at all what I expected. I am sorry I wasted my good ingredients that were purchased with hard earned money on this.

  • RachelE
    Sep 10, 2008

    Great recipe; not an overkill on cream cheese. Very rich. I added milk choc chips, which were good, but not necessary.

  • butterfly pie
    Mar 7, 2008

    Would it be possible to use Splenda in place of the sugar?

  • jpwyner
    Mar 26, 2007

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