Melt-In-Your-Mouth Marble Cheesecake Squares

Marble Cheesecake SquaresI’m all for desserts and decadent snacks, but I sometimes find that I feel a little guilty eating two brownies in one sitting. Baking is a science, so I don’t recommend doing anything too radical or you can ruin a recipe, but there are ways to make things with few less calories. I find Cooking Light is a great resource for baked goods (and other edibles) that don’t make you feel as guilty. I cut out recipes so I don’t always know my sources, but judging by this recipe, I’m sure these delicious, light-ish, marble cheesecake squares are from there. It’s cheesecake (which is awesome), but more portable (even more awesome).

Marble Cheesecake Squares

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chocolate graham cracker crumbs (about 9 cookie sheets)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 (8 ounce) blocks fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) block ½-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 ounce semisweet chocolate

Directions

Preheat oven 325oF.

Place crumbs in a 9-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Drizzle with butter, then toss with fork until moist. Press into bottom of plan. Bake for 8 minutes and allow to cool on a wire rack.

Mix cheeses in a large bowl at a high speed until smooth. Add sugar and flour, combine well. Add vanilla, egg, and egg whites, and beat until well blended. Pour batter over crumb base and smooth out.

In a small microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate for 1½ minutes (on high) or until soft (not fully melted). Stir until smooth, then drop and drizzle over cheese batter. Swirl chocolate into batter using the tip of a knife, a fork, a toothpick, etc.

Bake for 35 minutes, or until almost set. Cool on wire rack, then cover and chill for at least 4 hours.


 
Note
: I had to make it sister-friendly (chocolate-free), so I used regular graham crackers for the bottom (as seen above) and didn’t marble a portion, which turned out delicious too.

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