Saturday, January 21, 2006

Chocolate chip cheesecake bars

David's co-worker, Elizabeth, brought a pan of these delectable morsels over to our house today as a sweet reward for some hard work we did together (we're trying to stop a state constitutional amendment that would ban marriage for same-sex couples). The fact that I hunted down the recipe and posted it here later that same day should tell you how yummy they are.

The surprising thing is that the recipe calls for two tubes of store-bought cookie dough. Now, I'm usually not a fan of store-bought, pre-made dough or mixes, but here it seems to work just fine. Of course, you can go ahead and make and use your own cookie dough if you'd like. And try using other cookie doughs as well - I imagine a variation featuring sugar cookie dough and strawberry jam swirled into the cream cheese mixture would be quite good

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

2 rolls/tubes store-bought, refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
2 eggs
1 cup of sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 8 oz. package cream cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, mix together the eggs, sugar, vanilla and cream cheese. Set aside.

Press one roll of the cookie dough into the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking pan. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly on top. Crumble remaining roll of cookie dough on top of cream cheese mixture. (It's okay if it's not completely covered.)

Bake for 30 minutes. Cool completely and refrigerate for at least one hour before cutting into bars.

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