Cheesecake Bars

Remember the one with Phoebe’s cookies? She holds the secret to her grandmother’s apparently outstanding chocolate chip cookie recipe and Monica tries desperately to replicate it just by tasting the cookies. In the end, it turns out her grandmother just used the Nestle Tollhouse recipe. Remember?

Confession: I’m a huge Friends fan.

This next one comes from my mother-in-law, who is the queen of all things baked. She wrote the entire recipe down for me after I practically rolled around with sweet glee on these cheesecake bars, but later revealed to me her real source: the back of the Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate and Peanut Butter Swirled morsel’s bag.

Here’s to finding delicious recipes in the most unexpected of places.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Bars

inspired by Dorothy Ritchie

2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, melted

3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided

1 2/3 cups (10-oz. pkg.)Nestle Tollhouse swirled chocolate and peanut butter chips, divided

2 pkgs. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

4 large eggs

Preheat oven to 325° F.

Combine crumbs, butter and 1/4 cup sugar in medium bowl. (Remove 1 cup mixture and reserve for topping). Press remaining mixture onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Sprinkle 3/4 cup morsels over crust.

Beat cream cheese, remaining sugar, flour and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth. Don’t be alarmed if this turns out really runny) Pour over crust and morsels in pan. Sprinkle with reserved crumb topping and remaining morsels.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until set. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into bars.