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Desserts

Ginger-Pecan Bars

Ginger-Pecan Bars recipe
photo by:kraft
Cream cheese cake topped with a sweet ginger sauce and drizzled with chocolate. Meet your new favorite bar.
time
prep:
30 min
total:
2 hr 30 min
servings
total:
60 servings
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What You Need

1
pkg.  (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1
cup  butter, softened, divided
1
cup  granulated sugar
1
Tbsp.  vanilla, divided
2-1/4
cups  flour
1/2
tsp.  baking soda
2
 eggs
1
cup  packed brown sugar
2/3
cup  light corn syrup
2
cups  chopped PLANTERS Pecans
1/2
cup  chopped crystallized ginger
2
oz.  (1/2 of 4 oz. pkg.) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, broken into pieces

Make It

BEAT cream cheese, 3/4 cup butter, granulated sugar and 2 tsp. vanilla in large bowl with mixer until blended. Add flour and baking soda; mix well. Refrigerate 30 min.

HEAT oven to 350°F. Line 15x10x1-inch pan with parchment, with ends of parchment extending over sides. Press cream cheese mixture onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 18 to 20 min. or until lightly browned. Meanwhile, melt remaining butter; pour into medium bowl. Add eggs, brown sugar, corn syrup and remaining vanilla; beat with whisk until blended. Stir in nuts and ginger.

SPREAD nut mixture onto crust. Bake 20 to 25 min. or until topping is firm around edges but still slightly soft in center. Cool completely.

MELT chocolate as directed on package; drizzle over dessert. Let stand until chocolate is firm before cutting dessert into bars.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

How to Melt Chocolate in Microwave
Microwave chocolate in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 min. 10 sec. or until chocolate is completely melted when stirred, stirring after 30 sec.
Substitute
Prepare using PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese.
Family Fun
Baking is a fun activity for the whole family. Enjoy a walk after making these delicious bars.
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