The Recipe Blog: Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

This recipe is one of our favorite family recipes. However, so often we forget to take pictures because we’re usually taking them to some potluck kind of get-together. So I made this recipe the other day for us and just a few friends and actually remembered to take pictures. I figured I’d repost it so you can see how delectably delicious it really is. Hope you enjoy!

Cookie Crust:
3/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup mini chocolate chips

2 pkgs softened cream cheese
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugars.

Beat in egg & vanilla.Combine the flour, salt, and baking soda; add to the creamed mixture & mix well.Fold in the chocolate chips with spoon.Set aside 1/3 cup dough for topping.Press remaining dough into a greased 9×13 inch pan.Bake at 350 for 8 minutes.Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese & sugar until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well.Spoon over crust. Crumble reserved dough over filling.Bake at 350 for 35-40 min or until lightly golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.Cut into bars. Cover & store remaining bars (if any) in the fridge.

Note: If desired, add 3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts to cookie dough when adding the chocolate chips.

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