Cheesecake Swirl Bars

Eggnog recipes spread creamy holiday cheer, as revealed in these cheesecake brownie bars. A buttery crust of vanilla wafers and toasted pecans balances the rich chocolate filling that's flavored with a splash of rum flavoring.

Yield:

1 dozen

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Ingredients

55 vanilla wafers, crushed
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
16 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons rum extract
2 large eggs
1/4 cup refrigerated eggnog
1/2 cup white chocolate morsels, melted
1/2 cup double chocolate morsels, melted (we tested with Ghirardelli), or regular semisweet morsels

Preparation

Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring until blended. Press crumb mixture into bottom of a lightly greased 8" or 9" square pan. Bake at 350° for 8 minutes. Cool.

Beat cream cheese, sugar, and rum extract at medium speed with an electric mixer just until smooth. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended. Pour 1 1/2 cups cream cheese batter evenly over baked crust.

Stir eggnog into remaining batter. Divide batter in half; stir melted white chocolate into 1 portion. Spoon evenly over cream cheese batter. Stir melted semisweet chocolate into remaining batter. Drop spoonfuls of chocolate batter evenly over white chocolate layer; gently swirl batters with a knife.

Bake at 350° for 30 to 33 minutes or until almost set. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cover and chill at least 1 hour before serving. Cut into bars.

Note:

Christmas with Southern Living, 2005

June 2005