This post is a little later than I hoped, but it is only because Bill Leff & Wendy Snyder were so nice and invited me out to their WGN radio show this morning to talk about Christmas treats. It was a remote location broadcast from Treetime Christmas Creations out in Lake Barrington, and it was so festive and fun! I brought with me a few of my favorite, as well as Bears favorite, treats for the holidays to share with the audience, and I will be sure to post the recipes in the near weeks leading up to Christmas. Thank you, Bill & Wendy, for having me on your show again!
Ok, back to baking for the Bears. Since last week’s caramel cheesecake bars were such a hit, I decided while I was down in Miami and talking with some of the Bears people, that I would continue on the cheesecake theme this month. Kevin, one of the camera men, suggested that I run with “Peanut Butter”, so I said, “done!”. However, because I know that not everyone loves peanut butter (actually, maybe it’s me that doesn’t love peanut butter), I decided to do a second cheesecake bar in addition, and pulled another great recipe from the same blogger. OREO Cheesecake Bars! I didn’t get solid feedback or commentary on either of the cheesecakes, but my brother said, “everything got eaten”. He was busy and wasn’t there in the morning when the treats were put out. So, I’ll take that as a good sign that these are two good recipes.
Here are the few tips I have for you:
- As I mentioned last post, I always use KRAFT Philadelphia full fat cream cheese for everything cheesecake related… and room temperature.
- Eggs should be room temperature as well.
- For the Peanut Butter & Chocolate cheesecake pan, I bought a bag of Reese’s regular sized peanut butter cups and broke a bunch up to put on top of the chocolate glaze layer. I think it really added to the flavor and would highly recommend it if you are looking for a little something “extra”.
- Also, I used OREO wafers for the crust on the Peanut Butter & Chocolate cheesecake bars. I did take the time to scrape out the inside creme filling by using a spatula. I have an obnoxious amount of OREOs in my house, so didn’t want to spend money on a box of chocolate graham crackers. The OREO crust tasted great! I didn’t get a picture of the OREO bars, but the one on the recipe site is really nice and gives you the full idea of how they should look.
Ok, here are the recipes, both from one of my favorite bloggers, The Brown Eyed Baker:
Thank you for reading my blog. And GO BEARS!!!