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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars Recipe – Easy 4 Ingredient Cookie Dough Hack

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Please remember that I don’t eat this stuff so I did not test this recipe. I’m just posting so you can try it!

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INGREDIENTS:
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1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 roll (16.5 oz) refrigerated chocolate chip cookies
(see my tips below)

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DIRECTIONS:

1:  Heat oven to 350°F. In small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and egg until smooth.

2:  Break up half of the cookie dough and place in an ungreased 8 or 9 inch pan.  With floured fingers, press dough evenly in bottom of pan to form crust.

3:  Spread cream cheese mixture over dough. Crumble and sprinkle remaining half of dough over cream cheese mixture.

4:  Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown and firm to the touch. Cool 30 minutes. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until chilled. For bars, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows. Store in refrigerator.

Darlene’s Tips: To quickly soften cream cheese, unwrap and microwave it for 10 seconds at a time until just starting to be soft but not too warm.  You can add other ingredients to the cookie dough like 1/2 cup chopped nuts or raisins or additional baking chips.  You can also add ingredients to the cream cheese mixture like 1/2 cup coconut or some chopped dried fruit or berries (soak in water for a bit if you don’t want them as crunchy). You can use any flavor cookie dough. You can also use flavored cream cheese.

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