Cheesecake Filled Chocolate Chip Bars~

Adapted from Heat Oven to 350


1 cup butter, at room temperature

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 1/4 cups flour

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


Filling:

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, at room temperature

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 350º. Grease 9 x 13 pan and set aside.


Cream together butter and sugars. Mix in eggs, then vanilla. Stir in salt, then baking soda. Add flour and mix till combined. Mix in chocolate chips. Place dough in refrigerator while preparing filling.


With a hand mixer, beat cream cheese till smooth. Mix in sugar, then egg and vanilla.

Set aside.


Remove about half the cookie dough from the refrigerator. Put the dough into the prepared pan. Grease rubber spatula with cooking spray and press dough into an even layer over bottom of pan. Spread cream cheese filling over top of dough.  Remove the rest of the cookie dough from the refrigerator. Take heaping tablespoonful and flatten dough between your hands. Place the thin piece of dough over filling and continue with the rest of the dough. You do not need to completely cover filling. Beware: the dough is sticky and hard to handle. You may want to dust your hands with flour.


Bake for 35-45 minutes or till top is golden brown.  Cool thoroughly before cutting. Store in refrigerator.

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