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Sep 26, 2011

4 C's Bars





4 C's ...
As in " Cheesecake Chocolate Chips Cookie" Bars. I was trying to make one word out of all of that but what I came up with didn't sound too appetizing. And this was too good a thing to spoil with a bad name. Besides, Kita would kill me if I didn't do this any justice. Yup, her recipe. Where she'd got it from, I'm not bothered, I got it from her. Go check hers out @ Pass the Sushi. (And while you're there, check out all the gorgeous pix she has and leave a comment or two to say hi. I sort of remember her mentioning that comments are like crack to a blogger. It's true, you know). I love this, Kita. Such a sinfully, yummy treat. And they keep so well in the fridge. Thank you.

This also got rid of my cravings for a brownie the other day and also a cheesecake crave. Killing 2 craves with one bite ... best saying evah!

I converted the measurements into ounces ... I can't seem to measure butter in cups properly.


INGREDIENTS
(Cookie Dough)

4 ozs unsalted butter
4 ozs shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup caster sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp salt
1 tbs cider vinegar
1 egg
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

(Cheesecake)

8 ozs cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract


METHOD

Preheat oven to 180˚C. Spray a 13" X 9" pan with cooking spray or line with baking parchment.
Cream butter, shortening, both sugars, vanilla, salt and vinegar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg until well combined. Stir in baking soda and flour and beat lightly until well mixed. Stir in chocolate chips. Press half the dough mixture onto prepared pan. Set aside the other half of the dough while you prepare the cheesecake mixture.

Beat cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Add in sugar, egg and vanilla. Beat well.
Pour cream cheese mixture over the cookie dough layer and spread evenly to all sides and corners. Top with the other half of the cookie dough.
*You can cover the cream cheese completely by shaping the dough into a flat rectangle about the size of your pan and place it on top or just do some crazy paving and top with haphazard pieces as what Kita and I both did here.

Bake for 35 - 40 mins or until browned and golden. Cool in pan before storing or eating ... if you can wait.
Keeps well in the refrigerator.
I like eating it straight from the fridge when it's chewy but if you like a softer texture, thaw it out for a couple of minutes. This is so good!

*Update #1: I also tried this with purely butter (as in minus the shortening and using 8 ozs butter) and found that it's less crumbly and holds together nicely.
#2: In the 2nd batch, I added 1 tbs (or was it 2 tbs? Obviously it didn't keep me awake enough to remember) instant coffee granules while adding in the chocolate chips and found it to be just as good ... anyone for mocha?











44 comments:

  1. Oh my this looks good. You crack me up, too. Love it - it's very true about comments being addictive, though. :-) This is a fabulous looking recipe!

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  2. My family will LOVE this. Actually I would love it! Question: I don't particularly like using shortening. Is there an alternative to that or can I omit it?

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  3. Hi Jill! Thanks so much. Haha! I guess it's safe to say that all bloggers are all cracked up then?

    Kiddothings: :D Yes, you can replace the amount of shortening with butter. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did .... remember to leave some for the kids!

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  4. These look and sound amazing - cake, cookie and bar in one. I guess at the result is a bar. Unusual to see cider vinegar in the cookie dough - I guess it serves a purpose, obviously. Another masterpiece, you really are on a roll:)

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  5. Cheesecake and chocolate chip cookies in one bar?? It sounds delicious and looks it too! "Cheesecake Chocolate Chips Cookie" Bar doesn't sound too bad!

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  6. 3Cookies: Thank you. The vinegar and baking soda combination supposedly helps puff up the cake and makes a more tender crust. Oh, I can't take too much credit for this, it is after all someone else's masterpiece, but thank you very much for the compliment.

    Von: Thanks! "Cheesecake Chocolate Chips Cookie" Bar doesn't sound bad at all. I was going to make one word out of all that ... like ... say, cheechockie bar or something ridiculous, and THAT, sounds bad. LOL

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  7. These look and sound so delicious. Great dessert to knock out all of those cravings.

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  8. Oh man! What a tempting treat. I cannot think of a better combination of flavors.

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  9. Cheesecake and chocolate chip cookies in one bar sounds too indulgent...and I love it! (^.^)

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  10. Oh no no - this won't do... are you *trying* to turn me into a huge exploding ball of chocolatey cheesecake goodness? Oh dear me - I kid you not, this is actually the most delicious looking thing I've seen in quite some time. It may not be your "masterpiece" directly, as you mentioned above, but you're still the one who introduced me to it. Well - I'll send you the before and after pics. After when I'm rolling around on the floor covered in cheesecake unable to move. Need to make these... and soon!

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  11. your pictures are droolworthy

    Amanda

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  12. Wow Ping, that last picture is amazing! I am glad you made these and enjoyed them.(To be honest, I hated the pics so much I almost didn't share the recipe but after seeing this I am so glad I did.) Thank you for all of your comments and the beautiful blog posts you put up. I always enjoy stopping by here and petting the kitten in your sidebar.

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  13. Pretend Chef: Thanks, Rochelle! Yes, it did knock them out LOL

    Kristen: Yes, they were great together!

    Tina: Haha! I loved them too ... too much!

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  14. Charles: LOL! You are hilarious! Thank you! I'm really looking forward to those pics ... the rolling on the floor ones! :D

    Amanda: Thanks!

    Kita: *phew* I'm glad you approve. What's wrong with your pics? I loved them! That's what got me going. Thanks, Kita. I really enjoyed this and will be making another batch later today.

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  15. I love this: "killing two craves with one bite" (I love both the idea and the saying, I feel I will quote you very soon!).
    The bars look very unusual and delicious and I can believe they are able to kill even huge cravings. Thank you for the vinegar explanation, I was going to ask you about it!

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  16. Hi Sissi. I guess I'm too old for my English teacher to be pulling my ear for massacring the English language yet again :D I'd just made another batch this afternoon and this time I added a tbs of instant coffee granules. I haven't tasted it yet as it's still cooling on the rack. Should be good. Can't seem to stop craving ... oh dearie me.

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  17. Oh, these look fantastic! I always seem to have a cheesecake and chocolate craving, so this recipe will come in very handy :)

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  18. Wowsa! This looks really good. I think this is a winner. Great job on this.

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  19. Mmm, I haven't got a sweet tooth but that cake looks lovely. A little treat that doesn't seem too naughty because you're combining many ingredients into one slice. :)

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  20. Lizzy: Nom nom ... very handy indeed. Covers every single craving. On my 2nd batch now.

    Kim Bee: Hiya! Thanks! Appreciate your coming by even tho you're not feeling well.

    Julia: Thank you. I thought I didn't have a sweet tooth either .... :D

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  21. Everyone has a sweet tooth! What matters is whether, or rather, how often and how well you indulge it!

    ... and this post just made my resolve not to do so totally waver. Ack! ;)

    - Veronika

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  22. Ping, I am very impatient to hear about the coffee experiment! Please update your post after tasting!

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  23. eattheroses: Oops ... sorry Veronika, didn't mean to make you lose your resolve. Hang in there! You can do it!

    Sissi: It went very well! The coffee and the chocolate and everything was good .... mocha! Hmm.. I wonder why I had some trouble sleeping that night. Naw, just kidding.

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  24. I can do it... I can do it... oh who am I kidding?

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  25. Oh my, this is so sinfully gorgeous!
    Oh Ping, you have been given an award - by ME! It think you have been awarded before, but non the less, come over to see which award it is!

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  26. Shannon: Oooo ... I'm so honored! Coming over RIGHT NOW!!!

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  27. Blogger crack! That's funny! When you said 4C's my brain immediately thought chocolate, chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, and chocolate bars. This recipe might be for me...

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  28. Ping-These 4 C cookie bars are so addictive and totally delicious...Yumm! Will have to stop over to Kita's blog...I'm almost sure I'm following her blog, but have not visited in a while!
    Thanks for sharing...you are so generous with your recipes:DDD

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  29. Jen: Whoa! Chocolate addict in the house! Death by chocolate for sure and I suppose you could even throw all of that in and it'll still be ok. Oooh, I'm getting a sugar high just writing all this.

    Elisabeth: Thank you, dear friend. Yes, do drop by at Kita's. She's got such lovely pics too.

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  30. choc & cheese, best combi ever!

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  31. These look amazing, they are just too good to pass up! I love bar cookies best anyway. You can just call them heaven in a bar...no, bliss bites...no, 4Cs it is! I am not hopping over to see what Kita is all about! :) Thanks!

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  32. Hi Lyndsey. Haha! Call them what you like... I call them yummy!

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  33. Walking on Sunshine: Hello! Thanks for dropping by.

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  34. Ping, when you said 4Cs I thought this must be cookies made to give to sugar daddies. The ladies givhither 4Cs cookie bars in order to get from them 4Cs back which is car, condo, credit cards and cash. I wonder if I make this for my Quay Lo, he will give me 4Cs or not? Lol!

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  35. Aiyoh old lady should not use iPhone to write comment. So many typing errors but you are so smart, I am sure you will figure out what I want to say. Hehe

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  36. QPC: Hmmm... well, there's plenty of sugar in it and anybody's daddy who has a sweet tooth could go for it I guess ... hehe. Not the kind of sugar daddy you had in mind?
    Haha! You could try it on your Quay Lo but I'll bet he's gonna tell you you've got all the C's already! and more, as in, cake, cookies, cleverness (is there such a word?), charm, coolness, etc.
    I should change the name to 5C's, the extra C being "Calories"!!

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  37. Ping, haha, my Quay Lo for sure already have the extra C from me already... that will be exclusively for him not me! LOL!

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  38. Hi Ping! Hope this comment finds you well. I made this for my family a few days ago and we absolutely loved it! I mentioned this in my post yesterday. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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  39. Kiddothings: You've made my day! It's always nice to have someone make a dish of mine and turn out good ... phew. :D And thanks for the mention.

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  40. Oh, yeah! These look pretty much like what I baked! And I even commented on this post, but never got around to making your yummy version! I think you, Kita and I have darn good taste :)

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