What a great cookie/bar. The combination of chocolate and raspberry is just heavenly. A word of caution though .. it's very easy to over bake the crust. I did this the first time. I made them again today and much better results. Very elegant and definitely guest quality. This will probably become one of my favorite desserts. Updated 12/09 .. I was having problems with the chocolate and butter ... the chocolate was wanting to sieze. I looked for a dipping chocolate recipe here on Zaar and found one using solid shortening (Crisco). In fact the author stressed not to use butter. I tried another batch of the drizzling chocolate with the Crisco and exactly what i wanted ... nice, smooth chocolate and made a beautiful presentation. Also, I chilled the cookie base/jam before trying to spread the cream cheese on it ... That helped reduce the jam from wanting to pull up and swirl in with the cream cheese.
Decadent & rich. Hard to spread the cream cheese mixture over the raspberry, it ended up a little "swirled", but the flavor still is the same. Definitely cut into small bites as this is sweet & rich like candy.
I made this using strawberry jam Kittencal's Easy Refrigerator Strawberry Jam in place of raspberry, this is sweet so a small piece goes a long way, I was going to make this in a 13 x 9-inch pan and I should have gone with that intention I found the 15x10 pan was too large for the amount of batter, next time I will use a smaller pan, the taste was great, thanks for sharing Syd!
The kids and I were snowed in yesterday so we decided to make these. These were really good and easy enough to make. They didn't last very long in our house. Hubby said I can make these anytime.
WOW! These bars are absolutely delicious! I also baked the crust for 8 minutes and used vanilla chips. I took them into the faculty room this morning at 7:30 am and by 9 am they were GONE! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe, Syd. :)
Very tasty, sweet and just plain wonderful. Was a snap to make and everyone enjoyed. Thanks for posting. ChefRaylene
Syd, this bar is absolutely sinful AND delicious! I guess I could be described as having "the sweetest of sweet tooths" because the bars are still warm and I have already eaten a huge piece. Actually, I have eaten about 10 tiny pieces because I couldn't stop "tasting" these bars once I started. :-) I cooked the crust for exactly 8 minutes and then spread my all-time favorite--Polaner All Fruit Seedless Raspberry Fruit Spread on top of the chocolate crust. I love the combination of chocolate, raspberry and cream cheese in this recipe. This dessert is awesome and I am delighted that I got to try it. Thanks so much for posting!