Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

I'm sharing a recipe that my mom sent to me recently. In my mind (and you don't have to agree with me, but I might think you're crazy if you don't) chocolate and peanut butter are the two best flavor combos IN THE WORLD. So I was pretty excited when she sent me this recipe. If you're heading to an end-of-the-summer get-together, or you're really just craving something awesome to put in your tummy, check these out. Who cares about your waistline? Live a little, eh???

Chocolate - Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

(Makes about 24 Bars)

2 - 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, melted
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 - 2/3 cup (10 oz. pkg.) Nestle Toll House Swirled Milk Chocolate & Peanut Butter Morsels, divided.
2 pkgs. (8 oz each), cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Combine, crumbs, butter and 1/4 cup sugar in medium bowl. Remove 1 cup mixture and reserve for topping.

Press remaining mixture onto bottom of ungreased 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Sprinkle 3/4 cup morsels over crust.

Beat cream cheese, remaining sugar, flour and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, beating until smooth.

Pour over crust and morsels in pan. Sprinkle with reserved crumb topping and remaining morsels.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until set. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into bars.