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Sunday, December 17 2017

These festive holiday bar cookie recipes -- including butterscotch-toffee bars and classic brownies -- make delicious gifts and party desserts. With make-ahead options, store-bought shortcuts, and mix-and-match topping ideas, the hardest part of your holiday dessert prep will be choosing which of these marvelous and merry bar cookies to try first.

INGREDIENTS
Nonstick cooking spray
8 - ounces milk chocolate, chopped, or 1 1/3 cups milk chocolate pieces
2 - cups finely crushed chocolate wafer cookies (about 38 cookies)*
2 - tablespoons sugar*
6 - tablespoons butter, melted*
2 - 8 ounce pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 - cup sour cream
1/3 - cup sugar
4 - teaspoons liquid red food coloring
1 - teaspoon vanilla
4 - eggs, lightly beaten


DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9-inch baking pan with foil, extending the foil over the edges of the pan. Lightly coat the foil with cooking spray. In a medium saucepan heat and stir chocolate over low heat until melted. Let cool.
For crust, in a medium bowl combine crushed cookies and the 2 Tbsp.sugar; stir in the melted butter. Press crumb mixture firmly into bottom of prepared pan.


In a large bowl beat cream cheese, sour cream, the 1/3 cup sugar, the red food coloring, and vanilla with a mixer on medium until smooth. Beat in the melted chocolate. Stir in eggs. Spread over crust.


Bake about 25 minutes or until edges are puffed and center is set. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cover and chill 4 to 24 hours before serving. Use edges of foil to lift uncut bars out of pan. Transfer to a cutting board. Cut into bars.


FROM THE TEST KITCHEN
*TIP:
Or use 2 cups finely crushed chocolate sandwich cookies with white filling, omit the 2 Tbsp. sugar, and decrease the melted butter to 1/4 cup.

TO STORE:
Layer bars in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

NUTRITION FACTS (Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars)
Per serving: 171 kcal , 12 g fat (7 g sat. fat , 1 g polyunsaturated fat , 3 g monounsaturated fat ), 49 mg chol. , 124 mg sodium , 13 g carb. , 0 g fiber , 10 g sugar , 3 g pro.

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