I'm needing something to cure me of this Memorial Day lag or is because I'm on puppy time? Either way, this recipe came through my Facebook feed this morning so I'm taking it as a sign! Doesn't it look sinful?
Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars
For the Cookie Dough
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup Reese's peanut butter chips
1 cup Hershey's baking melts
For the Cheesecake
1 package cream cheese (8 oz.)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter
For the topping
1/4 cup Reese's peanut butter chips
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon shortening
- 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 and flour. 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 an 8" pan. Set aside.
- In another bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Add the egg and peanut butter and beat until smooth. Pour on top of the cookie dough.
- 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 minutes. Remove and let cool completely. Cut into 16 bars.
- 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. Keep refrigerated. Makes 16 bars.
You can also bake this in a 9x13 pan, if you want shorter bars. I think you will want to only bake it for 25-30 minutes though.