Cookies and Cream Bars

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Who doesn’t love an Oreo dipped in milk? I can say with absolute certainty that if I am faced with the decision of what topping to get on my ice cream or what flavor of milkshake to get… it is going to be cookies and cream. I am not a baker. I love sweets but in all honesty, I make more meals than I do sweets. However, I have had a lot of parties and special get-togethers with friends where sweets have been a MUST. These cookies and cream bars were a HIT. I loved them and so did everyone who tried them. They are super sweet and taste great with a big cold glass of milk.

Enjoy XO

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs + 1 yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips + 2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips
  • 18 crushed Oreo cookies + 6 crushed Oreo cookies divided. (you want big chunks so don’t pulverize them) 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 13×9 pan.
  2. In KitchenAid mixer, cream together butter and cream cheese.

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  3. Scrape down sides of the bowl with a spatula and beat in sugar until light and fluffy.

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  4. Add eggs and then vanilla.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking powder.
  6. Gradually stir the flour mixture into your cream cheese mixture until completely combined (be sure to pause occasionally to scrape down sides of the bowl).

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  7. Stir in mini chocolate chips and 18 crushed Oreos.

  8. Spread into prepared pan and sprinkle the additional 2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips and 6 crushed Oreo cookies over top.

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  9. Bake for 30-35 minutes (edges will begin to turn golden brown) and allow to cool before cutting and serving.

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Recipe from sugarspunrun!

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Ooey Gooey Cheesecake Brownies

It is a snow day here in Northwest Arkansas! I decided to make these delicious 127 calorie Ooey Gooey Cheesecake Brownies make these and you won’t be sorry! Even my boyfriend who does not really care for sweets devoured them.. let me know how you like them!Image

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  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons reduced-calorie stick margarine, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 (8-ounce) block 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup “measures-like-sugar” calorie-free sweetener
  • 3 tablespoons 1% low-fat milk

Preheat oven to 350°.

Beat sugar and margarine with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg, egg white, and vanilla; beat well. Gradually add flour and cocoa, beating well. Pour into an 8-inch square pan coated with cooking spray.

Beat cream cheese and sweetener with a mixer at high speed until smooth. Add milk; beat well. Pour cream cheese mixture over chocolate mixture; swirl together using the tip of a knife to create a marbled effect.

Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into squares.

Tip: Don’t use reduced-calorie or fat-free tub margarine in this recipe because those products contain water, which will make the brownies gummy.

Credit Health.com