Fudge Cheesecake Bars
Why I Love This Recipe
Ingredients You'll Need
4 bars Hershey's unsweetened baking chocolate (1 oz each)
1 cup butter
2-1/2 cups sugar, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 pkg. (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 pkg. (13 oz) Hershey's Hugs or Hugs w/ almonds, divided
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Place the baking chocolate and butter in a large microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high for 2 to 2-1/2 minutes, stirring after each minute, until chocolate and butter are completely melted.
Beat in 2 cups sugar, 3 eggs, and the vanilla until blended. Stir in the flour, then spread the batter into a greased 9" x 13" baking pan. On a medium-sized bowl, beat the cream cheese, the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, and the remaining egg. Remove the wrappers from 12 chocolate pieces; coarsely chop, then stir into the cream cheese mixture. Drop by dollops over the top of the chocolate batter. With a knife, swirl the chocolate batter to the top to create a marbled effect. Bake for 35-40 minutes or just until set. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Remove the wrappers from the remaining chocolate pieces and press them onto the tops of the bars. Cover and refrigerate any leftover bars.
Note: The time required to melt the chocolate and butter will depend on the wattage of your microwave. Check and stir mixture frequently, just until melted.