Pure vanilla and chocolate are two favorite flavors. This terrific dessert, with an updated, thinner crust, makes a perfect solution to any holiday get-together when you don’t have time to shape and bake individual cookies. The dark chocolate drizzled over the top makes an elegant statement.

Makes 24 (1 bar) servings.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Refrigerate: 1 hour

Ingredients:

Crust:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon McCormick Ground Cinnamon
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

Topping:
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
2 eggs
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F. For the Crust, beat all ingredients in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until crumbly. Press into bottom of lightly greased 13×9-inch baking pan. Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until lightly browned. For the Topping, beat cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and eggs in large bowl with electric mixer 2 minutes or until smooth. Stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Pour topping over crust. Return to oven; bake additional 30 to 35 minutes or until topping is set. Melt remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips in small bowl in microwave on HIGH 30 seconds; stir. Microwave additional 10 seconds if not smooth. Drizzle over cooled bars. Refrigerate 1 hour. Cut into 24 squares or cut each square diagonally to make 48 triangles.

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