Chocolate Cream Cheese Bars

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Here is a pastry to serve for the Holidays or to offer as a host gift. You can bake them 4 to 5 days before Christmas.

Yield: 16 squares

Prep Time30 minsCook Time40 minsTotal Time1 hr 10 mins

Chocolate batter
 ½ cup (115 g) butter
 ½ cup (42 g) cocoa powder
 1 cup (200 g) sugar
 2 eggs
 ¾ tsp (3 ml ) pure vanilla extract
  cup (84 g) all-purpose flour
 ½ tsp (2 ml) baking powder
 ¼ tsp (1 ml) salt
Cream cheese filling
 250 g cream cheese, at room temperature
  cup (165 g) sugar
 1 egg
 ½ tsp (2 ml) pure vanilla extract

1

Set a rack in center of the oven. Preheat oven at 375 °F (190 °C). Grease a 9 inches (23 cm ) square cake pan.

2

Melt butter in a medium saucepan and mix in cocoa.

3

Add sugar, eggs and vanilla and beat well.

4

Add flour, baking powder and salt and beat until just blended with almost no trace of flour.

5

In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar. Add egg and vanilla and beat until well blended.

6

Spread half of he chocolate batter inthe pan and pour cream cheese mixture on cake batter. Spoon remaining cake batter on top of cream cheese layer.

7

Bake 30 to 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with very few crumbs. For more time : 5minutes .
Cool completely before cutting in bars.

Ingredients

Chocolate batter
 ½ cup (115 g) butter
 ½ cup (42 g) cocoa powder
 1 cup (200 g) sugar
 2 eggs
 ¾ tsp (3 ml ) pure vanilla extract
  cup (84 g) all-purpose flour
 ½ tsp (2 ml) baking powder
 ¼ tsp (1 ml) salt
Cream cheese filling
 250 g cream cheese, at room temperature
  cup (165 g) sugar
 1 egg
 ½ tsp (2 ml) pure vanilla extract

Directions

1

Set a rack in center of the oven. Preheat oven at 375 °F (190 °C). Grease a 9 inches (23 cm ) square cake pan.

2

Melt butter in a medium saucepan and mix in cocoa.

3

Add sugar, eggs and vanilla and beat well.

4

Add flour, baking powder and salt and beat until just blended with almost no trace of flour.

5

In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar. Add egg and vanilla and beat until well blended.

6

Spread half of he chocolate batter inthe pan and pour cream cheese mixture on cake batter. Spoon remaining cake batter on top of cream cheese layer.

7

Bake 30 to 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with very few crumbs. For more time : 5minutes .
Cool completely before cutting in bars.

Chocolate cream cheese bars

 

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