Black-and-White Cheesecake Bars

When a dessert is this easy — and this good — you know you'll make it often.

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  • prep 15 min    cook 30 min

SECRET INGREDIENT: sweetened condensed milk

Cheesecake bars with two layers can be time-consuming to make. But thanks to the convenience of sweetened condensed milk, these bars take only 15 minutes of kitchen time.

IngredientsNumber of servings: Makes 4 dozen

  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter or margarine
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs, divided
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    How to make it  45 minutes

  • 1

    In a double-boiler or microwave, melt the chocolate chips and butter or margarine, stirring occasionally.

  • 2

    Set aside 1/4 cup of the cracker crumbs. Stir the remaining cracker crumbs into the chocolate mixture.

  • 3

    Press the chocolate mixture into an ungreased 9 x 13-inch baking pan.

  • 4

    Preheat the oven to 325°F. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in the milk, egg, and vanilla. Pour over the crust and sprinkle with the reserved crumbs.

  • 5

    Bake until lightly browned, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool.

  • 6

    Refrigerate until completely chilled, about 3 hours. Cut into bars and store in the refrigerator.

Healthy Cooking Tip

For a lower-calorie dessert, use reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel cheese) and fat-free sweetened condensed milk.

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