American Classics

Lost classic desserts from our wide and varied past.

American Classics: Mint Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake Bars

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[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Die hard cheesecake fans may want to avert their eyes as what I'm about to say might be considered blasphemy: I prefer cheesecake bars to actual cheesecake. There, I said it and I'm glad.

My reasons are this:

1) I hate fussing with desserts that need to be baked in water baths
2) My true love is the cheesecake's graham cracker crust

Cheesecake bars solve both of these issues. They're super easy to prepare and that ratio of graham cracker crust to cheesecake filling is much more favorable.
While mint and chocolate might not be the first combo that comes to mind when you're envisioning a cheesecake, it's surprisingly delicious. If it works for ice cream, why not cheesecake, right? These bars take the classic mint and chocolate pairing and give it an extra bit of tang. With plenty of chocolate chips spread throughout the filling and a chocolate graham crust, this makes for a terrific dessert or late night snack for chocolate lovers.

About the author: Alexandra Penfold is mild-mannered literary agent by day, food ninja by night. Never one to skip dessert she's the Brownie half of Blondie & Brownie, a Midtown Lunch contributor, and co-author of New York à la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks. You can follow her on Twitter at @BlondieBrownie.

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