Rhymes with 'door'. Okay, that was a line in a TV show the Dude and I watched our last weekend off. It was a marathon of "In Plain Sight". Anyone know it? I had see ad's about it on other channels, but it was the first time we had watched. For some odd reason-well, if you met me, you wouldn't find it odd-but for some odd reason, it is like my favorite line to quote ever. I said it to the Dude at work last week and the guy next to us laughed so hard he choked on his sandwich. What does this have to do with my post? Nothing really, as these bars are more like a high priced 'working girl' and the above mentioned $8 one. I honestly don't know how I ended up on this site, but must have been just clicking away and ended up at Bake or Break. She has a recipe from Paula Deen (I checked Paula's website and Food Network and didn't find it-I was looking for storage information).
Chocolate Pecan Cheesecake Bars
1-1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
16 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup butter, melted
1-1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13 pan with foil and spray it with non-stick spray. These bars are very sticky, so don't skip that step. Combine flour and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Cut in softened butter until mixture is crumbly. Stir in the pecans. Press into the prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
Using an electric mixer or stand mixer on medium speed, combine cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add 1 egg and beat until combined. Stir in chocolate and vanilla. Pour over baked crust. My batter was thick, so I tried to spread it out with spatula. The chocolate will start to melt quickly while doing this. Bake for 15 minutes, then allow to cool on counter for 10.
Whisk together brown sugar, corn syrup, melted butter, and the eggs. Stir in the pecans. Pour over cream cheese mixture. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until center is set. Cool completely in pan. Cut into squares and serve.
I was checking Paula's site(s) to see if they needed to be refrigerated due to the cream cheese. I stored mine in there so I didn't get anyone sick at work. These seem like a lot of steps (not really) and a lot of dishes (that is true) but one taste of these delicious morsels, and it is worth the dishes. With a glass of milk, it was almost a religious experience (almost).
Taking the Hermit Crab to the casino tonight to ring in the birthday a week late. I can just see her eyes when we walk into that huge place with all the bells and lights and good stuff. It should be fun, but we can't stay out late as she has a speech competition tomorrow.
Up tomorrow: Navy cookies. Yum-I love these! I'll explain the name tomorrow as you will all know them as something else.
I have a pot roast in the crock right now to nourish us before spending that big (ha ha ha) wad of cash tonight. I think I will give her a roll of quarters and a roll of nickels and call it good!