~ Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars ~
One of the main projects I’ve been working on since I got back home is to update my bedroom by sorting out all the things I do not use anymore while creating more space to keep everything I need organized. I think it’s about time I stop pulling my stuff out of suitcases on a daily basis. However, rearranging my room is quite an arduous process! I am definitely getting there but my priority is to dedicate most of the time I’m home to go out with my friends or invite them over.
Consequently, after a long weekend of feeling like someone on an HGTV show, I invited a close friend of mine over on Memorial Day for another fun baking endeavor. My friend and I are both huge lemon bar lovers so I wanted to make a dessert related to lemon bars while also displaying some originality.
Lemon bars are usually prepared by baking a sweet, crumbly shortbread crust and then pouring on a lemon custard-like filling containing the juice and zest of fresh lemons and putting it back in the oven. Although the shortbread crust is certainly delicious, I decided to experiment and substituted it with a softer sugar cookie crust. I also incorporated oranges in the recipe by using orange juice and zest in addition to lemons to give the dessert a more complex and powerful citrus flavor.