Mocha-Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars
Two always-popular desserts -- chocolate chip cookies and cheesecake -- are combined in this irresistible bar cookie. Source: Better Homes and Gardens
1 18-ounce package refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough 1 8-ounce package cream cheese or reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), softened 1/3 cup sugar 1 egg 1 tablespoon instant coffee crystals 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces
1. Heat oven to 350 degree F. Crumble the cookie dough into a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Press evenly onto bottom of pan; set aside. 2. Combine the cream cheese, sugar, and egg in a medium mixing bowl; beat by hand until smooth. Stir together the coffee crystals, vanilla, and 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl or custard cup until crystals are dissolved. Stir coffee mixture into cream cheese mixture. 3. Spread evenly over dough; sprinkle with chocolate pieces. Bake for 20 minutes or until completely set. Cool in pan on a wire rack; cut into bars. Makes 36 bars. Make-ahead tip: Cover pan and store in the refrigerator up to 3 days or freeze up to 1 month.
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