Chocolate-Eggnog Cheesecake Squares

Posted in on the 12th July, 2013

Chocolate-Eggnog Cheesecake SquaresThe holidays may be so far away, but it is never too early or too late to savor this take on the traditional Christmas beverage.  Did we also say that it only takes 20 minutes to prepare this?  (Yields 48 pieces.)

Ingredients:

(For the crust)

2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs

1/2 cup butter, melted

(For the filling)

2 packs (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1/2 cup dairy eggnog

2 eggs

1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line a 13-by-9-inch pan with 18-by-18-inch heavy duty foil.  Make sure the foil extends over the long sides of the pan.  Spray the foil evenly with cooking spray.

2.  In a small bowl, mix together cookie crumbs and butter until well-blended.

3.  Press the mixture to the bottom of pan, making sure the surface is even.

4.  In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar using an electric mixer on medium speed for 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth.

5.  Add in flour, eggnog, and eggs, then continue to beat the mixture with the mixer until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl if needed.

6.  Using a rubber spatula, fold in chocolate chips and mix until well-blended.  Pour the filling evenly over crust.

7.  Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until edges (not necessarily the center) are set.  Take out from the oven and cool for 1 hour or until the center is set.

8.  Refrigerate the slab for at least 2 hours, afterwhich take the pan out and sprinkle evenly with nutmeg.

9.  Cut into 8 columns by 6 rows, or 48 bars.  Remove bars from foil and store in refrigerator.