Monday, September 6, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

I made these bars for a Labor Day cookout. I think they were gone in 5 minutes, literally.

For the base:
Butter, for greasing
2 tablespoons sugar
10 chocolate graham crackers
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:
16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 to 1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

To make the base:
Grease the bottom of a 13 by 9-inch baking pan with butter. In a food processor, process the sugar and graham crackers until you have the texture of bread crumbs. Add the melted butter and pulse a couple of times to fully incorporate. Pour into the greased baking pan and gently pat down with the base of a glass. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes until golden. When done set aside to cool.

To make the filling:
Add cream cheese, eggs and sugar to the food processor and mix until well combined. It should have a smooth consistency. Pour onto the cooled base and then cover with chocolate chips. They will sink slightly but should still be half exposed -- as the cake bakes they will sink a little more.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until the center only slightly jiggles. Remove from the oven and cool completely before refrigerating for at least 3 hours, but preferably overnight. Once set, slice into bars.

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