Today is National Blondie Brownie Day! To celebrate we are sharing these Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies a.k.a. “Blondies” that we recently made. A blondie is basically a brownie without the cocoa. In this dessert mash-up of sorts, a chocolate chip cookie bar is mixed with a cheesecake layer. Our kids enjoy almost all treats and of course loved these bars. We adults concluded that as tasty as these bars were, we prefer to eat our cookies and our cheesecake separately. Do you like dessert mash-ups?
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies
recipe slightly adapted from allrecipes.com courtesy of Barb W.
For the blondie:
1 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
For the cheesecake:
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
1/4 cup white sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch pan.
- In a large bowl, cream together shortening, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup white sugar. Beat in the 3 eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; blend into the sugar mixture. Stir in chocolate chips, and set aside.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the cream cheese and 1/4 cup white sugar. Mix in the 2 remaining eggs.
- Spread 1/2 of chocolate chip dough in bottom of the prepared pan. Pour cream cheese batter on top of dough. Drop pieces of the remaining chocolate chip batter over filling. Don’t worry if there are gaps; the batter will spread.
- Bake for 45 minutes in preheated oven, or until lightly browned on the top. Let the brownies cool in the pan before cutting into bars.