Lemon Cookie Cheesecake Bars

I absolutely love springy, lemony recipes.  I’d been looking for a good one and when I found Pillsbury’s Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bar recipe, I knew it would be perfect with lemon flavoring.  I’m a huge cheesecake fan and an even bigger lemon cheesecake fan.  Who doesn’t love creamy lemon desserts?

So, here’s my version of the delicious chocolate chip cheesecake bars:

Recipe from:  Pillsbury and Let’s Dish

Ingredients:
Cheesecake:
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
½ cup sugar
1 egg

Cookie dough:
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1-½ cups flour
1 cup white chocolate chips

Directions:
1. 

Heat oven to 350°F.
2. Cookie dough: Beat together butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add in the egg and continue beating.  Next, add the rest of the ingredients and slowly mix until it’s all thoroughly combined. 
3. Cheesecake: In small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and egg until smooth.

4.  In an 8×8 inch pan, break up half of cookie dough. Press dough evenly in the bottom of the pan to make the crust. Spread cream cheese mixture over dough. Crumble the remaining half of the dough over the cream cheese mixture.

5.  

Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown and firm to the touch. Cool 30 minutes. Chill and store in refrigerator.

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