Snicker Peanut Butter Chip Cookie Bars & my Lego memories

P1030645 Snicker & Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

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Good Monday morning!  Are you one of the fortunate people to have a three-day weekend?  Did you do anything fun?  We intended to go see a movie, but never made it.   Have you seen the Lego Movie?   If this movie … Continue reading

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Dark Chocolate & Mint Cheesecake Bars

dark chocolate mint cheesecake bars

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Yesterday I promised another variation of my Cheesecake Bars and here it is … Today’s version is made the same as yesterday’s, Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bars … just used the Dark Chocolate Mint Ovation Break a Part.  I always make … Continue reading

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Bars

cheesecake bar sugar cookie crust

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Bar desserts are one of my favorite things to bake … especially when they are cheesecake bars!  Throw in some chocolate, pumpkin spice, sugar cookie crust and caramel sauce … they are sure to be a crowd pleaser! I’ve shared a … Continue reading

Fondue S’mores

Fondue S'mores

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Good Monday morning!  How are you today?  I made something that could give your week a little kickstart … We returned home a few days ago from a camping trip that did not include s’mores … a true violation of my camping rules!  … Continue reading

Reese’s PB Cup & Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

Jackpot Bars

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Good Friday morning!  I started writing this post three days ago … don’t know what happened, but I lost everything!  It’s OK because I rewrote it over and over again in my head … several times.  I would ask myself … Continue reading

Peanut Butter Mississipppi Mud Brownies & my summer in a nutshell

Elvis impersonators

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Hello everyone, it has been so long since we have talked.  I do apologize for my absence.  Summer has come and gone … fall is finally here … I am planning on getting back in the kitchen.  This is what … Continue reading

Cheesecake Bars with Sugar Cookie Crust

Summer time is birthday time for our family.  In a five-week span we celebrate the following birthdays … my hubby (the peanut butter addict), son #2, son #3, one nephew, one brother-in-law, one sister-in-law and mine!   My two sons’ birthdays are one day apart … not good planning on our part.  If we aren’t careful, we could suffer from birthday cake overload.  We have learned to have birthday dessert … not always cake.  This is one of those desserts!

Before we start … let me explain that I sometimes use mixes for cakes or brownies.  But, I always make cookies from scratch … never a mix … never ready made cookie dough … except for this recipe.  I have had this recipe for many years, it calls for ready made refrigerated sugar cookie dough.  After making these cheesecake bars several times, I thought it was silly to buy sugar cookie dough … so I made my own dough.  I don’t know why … but the cookies made with the ready made refrigerated dough won the contest.   I felt defeated … the Pillsbury Doughboy won … well, at least he’s cute!

I have altered the recipe to fit our family’s tastes … I live with picky people! Today we have one half blueberry and one half chocolate chip.

This is what you will need … sugar cookie dough, cream cheese, sugar, an egg, blueberry pie filling, chocolate chips and oil spray …

Spray a 9″ x 13″ pan … then press the room temperature sugar cookie dough on the bottom and slightly up the sides of the pan …

Beat the softened cream cheese and sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer …

Add the egg and beat until smooth …

It should look smooth like this … if you didn’t drop it on the floor like I did!  Good news … the mixer survived and it didn’t even crack a floor tile!

Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the crust …

Sprinkle chocolate chips over half of the pan to make Son #2 happy …

I can’t forget Son #3 … so dollop (that’s a technical term) blueberry pie filling on the other half …

Using a butter or dinner knife, swirl the pie filling with the cream cheese and press the chocolate chips in the cream cheese a little …

Bake … and cool completely before cutting …

The original recipe called for blueberry pie filling only … I like to add a little lemon zest in the cream cheese.  I am giving you the recipe for the way I made it … one half blueberry and one half chocolate chip.  This is one of those recipes that can be changed to fit your needs.  Have fun with it!

Cheesecake Bars with Sugar Cookie Crust

1 16.5 ounce package of refrigerated sugar cookie dough (room temperature)

8 ounces cream cheese (softened)

1 egg

1/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup blueberry pie filling (1-1/2 cups if making all blueberry)

3/4 cup chocolate chips (1-1/2 cups if making all chocolate chip)

1.  Press dough evenly in a greased 9″ x 13″ baking pan.

2.  In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar.  Add egg and beat until smooth.

3.  Spread cream cheese mixture over cookie dough.

4.  Dollop pie filling on half of the cheese mixture and sprinkle chocolate chips on the other half.

5.  Using a knife, swirl the pie filling and cream cheese mixture.  Press the chocolate in the cream cheese mixture.

6.  Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until edges of crust are golden brown.

7.  Cool completely, cut into bars, refrigerate.

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