Chocolate Cookie Bars

Do you like to dip your Oreo cookies in milk?  I love doing this, especially when the cookie gets all nice, soft and kind of gooey…

Well, if you too, like that soft creamy taste of a freshly dipped Oreo, you may absolutely love these bars! 

These bars were created just for us  cookie dippers…no milk required…well, then again… I think that Oreo taste was created   specifically for enjoying with a glass of milk.  Cheers!

(I made two versions of this recipe…The first recipe calls for a combination of graham crackers and crushed Oreos. If you would like a richer chocolate flavor, go for the second recipe, no graham crackers…just the Oreos…I couldn’t decide which version I liked better, so I listed them both…

Chocolate Cookie Bars

In a small saucepan, melt:

      1 c  semi-sweet chocolate chips

      3/4 butter

Whisk together and set aside. Then put into a food processor:

      24 Oreo cookies (please use the regular cookies, not Double Stuff)

      5 rectangles of cinnamon graham crackers

Process until you have fine crumbs and place into a large mixing bowl. Add the melted chocolate mixture and stir until they are combined.  Measure out 1 cup of the crumbs. Press the rest of the crumb mixture into a greased 13×9 inch pan.

Into a mixing bowl, place:

      1 – 8 oz.  softened cream cheese

      1  can sweetened condensed milk

Beat until creamy.  Then add:

      1 egg

      1 t  vanilla

      1/4 t salt

Mix until combined.  Pour this over the crumb mixture in the pan and sprinkle with the remaining crumbs. Place in a 350 degree oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Don’t overbake.  ( The cream cheese layer will puff underneath the crumbs when it is done) Cool on the counter, then place in the refrigerator to cool completely. Cut into bars. Store  leftovers in the refrigerator.

Second version…the “chocolately” one…

The directions are the same except for the crumb mixture…

      1 bag of Oreos (regular, not Double Stuff)

Process in a food processor until you have fine crumbs. Then melt together:

      1/2 c  butter

      1/2  c  semi-sweet chocolate chips

Whisk together, add to the cookie crumbs and mix together. Follow same directions as above… Cool completely in the refrigerator before serving.