I love layered desserts. I think it is fun to have the different layers in one bite and also, I like how they look.
What we have here is a cinnamon spiced crust, cream cheese middle, chocolate frosting and toasted walnuts on top. Yes please! I really don’t know what makes these “Austrian” but who cares when it tastes this good?!?
Austrian Cream Cheese Bars via My Own Sweet Thyme
1½ cups plus 2 tablespoons flour (divided use)
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup butter, softened
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
¾ cup sugar
1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips (divided use)
½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, combine 1½ cups flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter. Beat at medium speed about 2 minutes or until crumbly and well blended. Press mixture into an ungreased 13×9-inch pan. Bake for 12 minutes; remove from oven.
In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and eggs at medium speed until smooth, approximately 2 minutes. Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips.
Pour the cream cheese mixture over the partially baked crust. Bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until topping is almost set.
Remove from oven. Immediately sprinkle the remaining cup of chocolate chips over top. Return to oven for 1 minute to melt chips.
Remove from oven. Gently spread melted chips over top. Sprinkle with nuts, lightly pressing them into the chocolate.
Refrigerate 1 hour. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator. Makes 36 bars.
Note: Watch your time and be sure to cut into bars as directed, before cooling completely. The crust becomes quite firm and is difficult to cut through when fully chilled.
Serve and enjoy!
The crust for these bars is quite crumbly but comes together when you press it into your pan using your fingers.
The middle layer is very runny.
Before and after. It puffs up and browns a bit in the oven.
The chips get nice and melty after 1 minute in the oven and they are easy to spread.
The final step is to put your toasted walnuts on top right away so they set in the chocolate.
Cut into bars and keep in the fridge – I think these are best chilled.
Enjoy this layered dessert!