Chocolate Pecan Cheesecake Bars

Chocolate Pecan Cheesecake Bars

1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 & 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar, divided into 3/4 cup portions
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups finely chopped pecans, divided into 1/2 cup & 1 & 1/2 cups
16 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs, divided
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 13?x 9? baking pan with foil. Grease or spray foil.

Combine flour and 3/4 cup brown sugar. Cut in softened butter until mixture is crumbly. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped pecans. Press mixture into bottom of pan. Bake for 10 minutes.

Using an elecric mixer on medium speed, combine cream cheese and granulated
sugar until smooth. Add 1 egg and beat until combined. Stir in chocolate and vanilla extract. Pour over baked crust. Bake 15 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.

Whisk together 3/4 cup brown sugar, corn syrup, melted butter, and 3 eggs. Stir in 1 & 1/2 cups chopped pecans. Pour over ceam cheese mixture. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until center is set. Cool completely in pan. Cut into squares and serve.

Makes about 24 bars.