Clarion County Recipe of the Day: Bacon Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Blondies
This recipe is for bacon-lovers!
Bacon Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Blondies
8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 – 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 cup 2% milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
~Preheat oven to 375°. Line a 9-in. square baking pan with foil, letting ends extend up sides; grease foil. Reserve 1/4 cup crumbled bacon for the top.
~In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
~In another bowl, whisk flour, salt, and baking soda; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and remaining bacon. Press half of the dough onto bottom of prepared pan.
~For the cheesecake layer, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs, milk, and vanilla; beat on low speed just until blended. Pour over dough in prepared pan; drop remaining dough by rounded tablespoons over cheesecake layer. Sprinkle with reserved bacon.
~Bake until golden brown, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
~Refrigerate at least four hours before cutting. Lifting with foil, remove from pan. Cut into bars.
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