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Monday, May 6, 2013

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars



Who doesn't love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate?  I came up with this recipe by combining my recipe for Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars and this one found here.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

For the Cookie Dough:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1 cup Reese's peanut butter chips
1 cup Nestle Dark Chocolate Chips
For the Cheesecake:
2 package cream cheese (8 oz.)
1 cup sugar
2 egg
1/2 cups peanut butter
For the topping:
1/4 cup Reese's peanut butter chips
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon shortening
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, shortening, and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, vanilla, and salt and cream again. Sift together the baking soda, flour, and cocoa. Slowly add to the butter mixture until incorporated. Stir in the peanut butter chips and baking melts by hand. Press half the dough into the bottom of a 9 by 13 inch pan. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Add the eggs and peanut butter and beat until smooth. Pour on top of the cookie dough.
  3. Press small pieces of cookie dough onto the top of the cream cheese layer. Continue until all the dough has been used and the cheesecake has been covered. Bake at 350* for 45-50  minutes or until browned and the center is almost set.  Remove and let cool completely. Cut into 24 bars.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the peanut butter chips and 1/2 teaspoon shortening. Heat for 30 seconds in the microwave. Stir until melted and smooth. Spoon into a plastic bag that has one corner cut off. Drizzle over bars. Repeat with chocolate chips.  Store in refrigerator.
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