Minden Press-Herald

Sep 30th

Dessert for grandson’s visit

By the time you read this, my grandson and his wife, Andrzej (pronounced And-J) and Christy Stewart will be visiting Mac ("Big Mac") and me ("MeMe"). This will be Mac's first time to meet Christy. My daughter, Carol, and I will have picked them up upon their arrival at the Shreveport Airport Thursday (July 21) evening. They will be here through Sunday morning. I feel happy and pleased that they have chosen to spend some of their vacation time with us.

Now I have to do some grandmother bragging. Since Andrzej has been a young boy, he has been interested in airplanes and aerospace. All through school, he was a straight A student. After graduation, he opted to attend the University of Texas majoring in Aerospace Engineering. He graduated from UT with Highest Honors and went on to MIT in Boston. There he met his now wife also majoring in Aerospace Engineering. After graduating from MIT, they both went to work at Houston's NASA but left there about a year ago and are now working for Lockheed in Denver, Colorado. Carol and I attended their wedding in Denver Colorado in 2008 and last year spent time with them at my granddaughter Sheryl Ann's wedding in Orange, Texas

Andrzej is on a Denver hockey team. He and Christy are both musically talented. Andrzej plays a guitar and has played with a variety of band groups. Christy plays the piano and has a beautiful singing voice. She most often sings Christian songs at their church.

Not knowing the foods they like or dislike, I have been in a dilemma about meal preparation for them. I do know that Andrzej likes cheesecake and Oreo Cookies and both of them like chocolate. This is the dessert that I decided to prepare for them. It is definitely a keeper for your recipe files especially if you like Oreo Cookies.

One thing left to say is "Hook 'Em Horns!"

Cookie's 'N' Cream Cheesecake Squares

30 chocolate sandwich cookies

1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

4 (8 oz.) pkg. Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened

1-cup sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

4 eggs

20 chocolate sandwich cookies, chopped and divided

Place 30 cookies in food processor. Process 30 to 45 seconds or until finely ground. Add butter; mix well. Press onto bottom of 13 X 9 inch baking pan sprayed with cooking spray. Mix cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs; mix until blended. Gently stir in 1 and one-half cups of the chopped cookies. Pour into crust. Sprinkle with remaining chopped cookies. Bake at 350o for 40 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool. Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight. Cut into squares.

TIP: One way cream cheese can be softened is to place the completely unwrapped package of cream cheese in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave on High for 10 seconds or just until softened. Add 15 seconds for each additional package of cream cheese.






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