Monday, August 27, 2007

Maybe I should rename this the Chocolate Chip Blog
--Chocolate Chipper Bars

Chocolate Chipper Bars
The Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese Cookbook Copyright 1981

1 8-oz. pkg. Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese
½ cup Parkay margarine I used butter
½ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup old-fashioned or quick oats, uncooked
2/3 cup flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 6-oz. pkg. semi-sweet chocolate pieces
½ cup chopped nuts I omitted these

Combine softened cream cheese, margarine and sugars, mixing until well blended. Blend in egg and vanilla. Add combined dry ingredients; mix well. Stir in chocolate pieces and nuts. Pour into greased 13x9-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees, 30 minutes. Cool; cut into bars.

I know, chocolate chips again? Well, the menfolk here really liked that last batch of chocolate chip cookies I made, and I had a surplus of cream cheese and oatmeal so that's how I ended up making this recipe. This recipe was kind of odd, although not in a bad way. They fell somewhere in between cheesecake and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. They didn't cut very neatly so they lose some points for appearance but they were tasty. These are not something I would make again because my standards for baking something more than once are high but we'll enjoy these while they last.

I really like this cookbook. What I like about it is that the recipes don't use a lot of convenience products, like Cool Whip or pudding mixes. Nothing wrong with that but it's nice to have a choice. There are plenty of savory recipes in this book too and it's well-made too (a spiral binding with a sturdy hardcover).

I used to have a cookbook that was exclusively chocolate chip cookie recipes but it's gone. I have a vague recollection of lending it to someone, so vague that it might not have happened! It was small so maybe it just got lost. I miss that cookbook.

Today is going to be a long day. I made tonight's dinner last night because it required a long cooking time and I think it's going to be really good. I could barely sleep with something so good sitting in the refrigerator. I hope I'm not disappointed. I'll tell you how it turns out tomorrow.

Blast From The Past: Apple Oat Bran Muffins from February 2006 - these are one of my favorite muffins. I haven't been baking many muffins but I will when the weather cools down again.

Question of the Day: Do you prefer cheesecake or chocolate chip cookies?


Randi said...

Choc.chip cookies. I'm watching Martha Stewart at the moment and she says its choc. chip day. I think it was taped back in May though.

Bunny_lover said...

Cheesecake! I must be the only person on the planet who dies not like chocolate chips. :)

Bunny_lover said...

Should be DOES not like, not dies. Whoops.

Heather said...


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ooh! lovely!

i was actually planning to make the last chocolate chip cookie bars you posted some time this week. but now i may have to use this recipe instead . . .

Anonymous said...

Tough decision, but it's hard to beat good homemade chocolate chip cookies.


Unknown said...

Hmmm...quite an interesting comparison. Neither are my favorite though I do like both. Probably cheesecake.

Anonymous said...

Cheesecake! Yum. But then I wouldn't say no to a chocolate chip cookie :)

Red Dirt Mummy said...

No contest - cheesecake wins every time.