Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Bars

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From www.smalltownwoman.com, by bpierce
Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Bars

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Cream cheese is such a yummy goodie.  Sometimes I just cut a small portion off and put it on a cracker and scarf it down.  Have you ever had pepper jelly with cream cheese over a cracker?  So darn good!! I guess my love of cream cheese goes all the way back to elementary school when my older sister would pack me lunch.  Cream cheese and jelly sandwiches were my favorite!!  It is no wonder that I love these Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Bars!!  

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These decadent treats are not difficult at all.  They are a two step process but every single bite makes that seem like a blessing more than a chore. Delicious enough for company they can sliced and frozen when wrapped in multiple layers.  They will need to be refrigerated for a bit in order to cut cleanly and of course with cream cheese the left overs need to be refrigerated as well.  

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I sure hope cream cheese is on your list of favorite foods.  This recipe could be easily be altered a bit with the addition of nuts and white chocolate chips!!  

 

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Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Bars

Ingredients

  • Cookie Mix
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 sticks of butter softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • Cream Cheese Mixture
  • 1 box (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9 x 9 inch baking dish. Stir flour, baking soda and salt in bowl. Beat butter, 3/4 cup sugar and brown sugar at medium speed until creamy. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 2 eggs, one at a time on low speed; mixing just until incorporated.
  2. Gradually add dry mixture to creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Set aside.
  3. In small bowl beat cream cheese and 1/4 cup sugar until smooth and creamy. Add 1 egg and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract and mix on low just until incorporated.
  4. Pat 2/3's of the cookie dough evenly into the baking dish. Spread cheese cheese mixture over evenly. Drop the rest of the cookie dough by teaspoonfuls over the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Bake for 35 minutes.

Notes

If using 8 x 8 inch increase cooking time by 2-5 minutes.

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