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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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.

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  • 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

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[step-list-wrapper title=”How to make it” time=”45 minutes”]

[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]In a double-boiler or microwave, melt the chocolate chips and butter or margarine, stirring occasionally.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Set aside 1/4 cup of the cracker crumbs. Stir the remaining cracker crumbs into the chocolate mixture.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”3″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Press the chocolate mixture into an ungreased 9 x 13-inch baking pan.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”4″ image_url=”” title=”” ]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.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”5″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Bake until lightly browned, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”6″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Refrigerate until completely chilled, about 3 hours. Cut into bars and store in the refrigerator.[/step-item][/step-list-wrapper]

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

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest

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