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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

Marjorie Grunewald | Fayette EC

These bars are a snap to assemble and deliver a perfect blend of creamy filling, chocolate-and-peanut butter goodness and graham cracker crust. They’re best enjoyed cold.

2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, melted
3/4 cup sugar, divided use
5 ounces milk chocolate morsels, divided use
5 ounces peanut butter morsels, divided use
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 eggs

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and 1/4 cup sugar in a medium bowl. Reserve 1 cup of crumb mixture for topping, and press the remaining mixture evenly into the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Combine chocolate and peanut butter morsels then sprinkle 3/4 cup over crust.

2. Beat together remaining sugar, cream cheese, flour and vanilla in large mixing bowl until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth.

3. Pour the batter over the crust and morsels. Sprinkle with reserved crumb topping and remaining morsels, and bake 25–30 minutes or until set. Cool completely on wire rack, then refrigerate until well-chilled.

Makes about 24 bars.

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