Oreo Cheesecake Bars

Oreo Cheesecake BarsI was in the mood for an Oreo dessert the other day. I had been so so good lately in the sweets department, BUT I made these and I think I ended up eating about half of the batch (Ok maybe not quite that much).

They are insanely rich but oh so delicious.

Oreo Cheesecake Brownie Bars from Cannela Vita

1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 1/3 cups coarsely chopped Oreo cookies, plus more for the top
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 8 inch metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Whisk in sugar and bring to a boil, whisking frequently; boil 1 minute. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together cream cheese,confectioners’ sugar and vanilla extract until combined, about 1 minute.
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder and salt; whisk until combined. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs until combined. Whisk in melted butter-sugar mixture until well combined. Stir in flour mixture until just combined, followed by Oreo cookies.
Spread half of brownie batter into the prepared baking dish, followed by cream cheese layer. Distribute the remaining brownie mixture in 8 dollops over the cheesecake layer and spread evenly. Swirl in with a knife or spatula.
Bake for 24-28 minutes, until brownies and cheesecake are set. After about 16 minutes, I added additional Oreos to the top…because no one ever complains about extra Oreos.
Let cool completely in pan on a cooling rack before lifting out the parchment paper to remove the brownies.
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