Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

These were a tasty treat!  The filling is creamy and the cookie layers create a perfect combination.  Make sure you have someone to share with or you will end up eating the entire pan...unless you want to eat the entire pan...and I wouldn't blame you at all!

This recipe makes 12-18 servings.

Cookie dough (this recipe is slightly too much, so I made 1 dozen cookies and used the rest of the dough for the bars):
1/2 C butter, softened
1/2 C shortening
1 C sugar
1 C brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 C flour
1 C chocolate chips

Cream Cheese Filling:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 C sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350.
Lightly grease a 7"x11" or 8"x8" baking dish.
To make the cookie dough, begin by creaming together the butter, shortening, sugar, and brown sugar.
Stir in the eggs and vanilla.
Add the baking soda, salt, flour, and chocolate chips and stir until just combined.
Set the cookie dough aside.
In another bowl, cream together the cream cheese filling ingredients with a mixer.
Spread 2/3 of the cookie dough into the bottom of the pan.
Cover with the cream cheese mixture.
Flatten the remaining dough into circles and place on the top of the cream cheese mixture (leaving small parts of the cream cheese exposed).
Bake for 25-30 minutes until the cream cheese mixture is firm but still slightly "jiggly" in the middle and the cookies on top begin to look golden around the edges.
Let the bars cool completely before cutting and serving.

This is adapted from recipe I got from an unknown friend a long time ago (if it from you, please let me know!)

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