Chocolate Cream Cheese Bars Recipe

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A rich and creamy bar with a crunchy chocolate crust. Peanuts give the crust its crunch and cream cheese is what gives it its creamy smooth center. For another great cream cheese recipe, see Lemon Cream Cheese Bars.
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter - divided
  • 1 cup chocolate chips - semi sweet, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup peanuts - unsalted, dry roasted and chopped
  • 16 ounces cream cheese - softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Container: 13x9x2 pan, small mixing bowl, sauce pan
Directions
PREP
35 mins
COOK
0 mins
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, melt 3/4 cups of butter and 1/3 cup of the chocolate chips. Stir until smooth.
  • Stir in graham cracker crumbs and peanuts.
  • Press this into a buttered 13x9x2 inch pan.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until set.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth.
  • Spread this over the bottom layer.
  • Melt the remaining 2/3 cup of chocolate chips until smooth.
  • Carefully spread this over the cream cheese layer.
  • Cover and refrigerate until set.
  • Cut into 24 squares and serve.
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