Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Chocolate Chip Pecan Cheesecake Bars

Here is another version of a Paula Deen recipe that I play around with at the Cafe.
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This version is has a yellow cake crust, vanilla cheesecake filling with mini chocolate chips and toasted pecan halves.

For the crust of the bars, you'll need:
1 18.5 oz package yellow cake mix
1 egg
1/2 cup butter, melted

Using an electric mixer, mix the cake mix, egg and melted butter until a thick dough forms. Press into an even layer in the bottom of a 13X9 glass dish. I like to press the dough up the sides of the pan a little bit, too.

For the filling, you'll need:
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 eggs
1 box (1 lb) powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract or paste
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Meanwhile, using the mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat well. Dump in the box of powdered sugar and mix until thoroughly combined. Reduce the speed of the mixer and drizzle in butter. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add mini chocolate chips and make sure everything is mixed together. Spread this mixture over the crust. Line pecans on top and bake 50 to 55 minutes at 350 degrees. The center should still be a tiny bit wobbly looking, with a light golden brown top.
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You don't have to line up your pecans in rows if you don't want to, but the bars are easier to cut if you do and it appeals to my orderly nature. Of course if you don't have pecan halves you could use pieces or another nut entirely and these bars would still be delicious.

2 Comments:

  1. Cheryl said...
    That is a great idea of lining up the pecans. I would have never thought of that in terms of cutting the bars and then it would be a mess.

    This recipe is a keeper.
    Merri said...
    I found your blog while in search of a crustless chocolate chip pie recipe. I would definitely try this but wonder about an alternate for the cake mix. Yes it's a little simpler, but in the interests of reducing both packaging and unnecessary chemicals I would try substituting a ratio of flour,sugar, shortening and baking powder. (it can be made ahead) Merri

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