Mocha-Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

Two always-popular desserts -- chocolate chip cookies and cheesecake -- are combined in this irresistible bar cookie. Source: Better Homes and Gardens

              1  18-ounce package refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough 
              1  8-ounce package cream cheese or reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), softened 
              1/3  cup sugar 
              1   egg 
              1  tablespoon instant coffee crystals 
              1  teaspoon vanilla 
              1/2  cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces 
     1. Heat oven to 350 degree F. Crumble the cookie dough into a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Press evenly onto bottom of pan; set aside.  
     2. Combine the cream cheese, sugar, and egg in a medium mixing bowl; beat by hand until smooth. Stir together the coffee crystals, vanilla, and 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl or custard cup until crystals are dissolved. Stir coffee mixture into cream cheese mixture.  
     3. Spread evenly over dough; sprinkle with chocolate pieces. Bake for 20 minutes or until completely set. Cool in pan on a wire rack; cut into bars. Makes 36 bars.  
     Make-ahead tip: Cover pan and store in the refrigerator up to 3 days or freeze up to 1 month.  

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