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Cheery Cheesecake Cookie Bars Recipe

Cheery Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Skill Level: Intermediate

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Ingredients

  • 1 package HERSHEY'S Unsweetened Chocolate Baking Bar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 1-3/4 cups HERSHEY'S MINI KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates
  • 1/2 cup red or green maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • Few drops red food color

Directions

  • 1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9x2-in. baking pan.
  • 2. Place baking chocolate and butter in large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 2 to 2-1/2 minutes, stirring after each minute, until mixture is melted. Beat in 2 cups sugar, 3 eggs and vanilla until blended. Stir in flour; spread batter in prepared pan.
  • 3. Beat cream cheese, remaining 1/2 cup sugar and remaining 1 egg; stir in 1-1/4 cup chocolate pieces, cherries, almond extract and red food color, if desired. Drop by spoonfuls over top of chocolate mixture in pan.
  • 4. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or just until set. Remove from oven; immediately sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup chocolates over top. Cool completely in pan on wire rack; cut into bars. Cover; refrigerate leftover bars. Makes about 24 bars.
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