By Paris Brown, NNPA Newswire Contributor

The Bake with Paris is a brand-new series in the Black Press presented by 13-year-old Paris Brown. Paris loves to bake, and over her summer vacation, she will write about some of her best experiences. Paris will also include her recipes. Please enjoy.

Quarantine day 1,000,587- at least that’s how it feels.

I needed something new to bake.

I had recently made a peach cheesecake, and my family and I agreed that the crust was our favorite part.

It was buttery, sweet, and crunchy, which made my mouth water just thinking about it.

Then we figured, why not make a cookie that tastes just like that?

So, I looked up a recipe and got to work, but it wasn’t all that great when we tasted it. After that, I decided to go rogue and make my own recipe.

I used Graham crackers as flour and mixed it with unsalted butter and sugar to get that great buttery flavor.

I added both white and brown sugar for an extra bit of depth, and then I used vanilla extract and a dash of salt as flavor enhancers. Lastly, I added two eggs as a binder, and into the oven it goes!

There are many things you can do with these cookies- you can eat them by themselves, put some chocolate and marshmallows on top to make s’mores, or create a cheesecake filling, just like I did.

I mixed cream cheese, butter, a little bit of milk, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar to make the filling. It tasted like everything I’d want in a cheesecake. Sweet, tangy, and creamy. Delicious!

The last step for the cookies was to let them cool and fill them. Once they were completely cooled, I put filling on them and sandwiched them together. They were so good, my mom jumped up and started dancing!

I love baking because it brings so much joy, not only to me but to those who help me bake and to those who eat it.

It’s also a distraction from all the negative from the outside world. So, if you’re looking for something to do, look up a recipe and see where it takes you. Delicious things can happen when you take a chance.

Cheesecake Cookie Recipe


  • 2 1/2 cups crushed Graham crackers(about 24 Graham crackers)
  • 1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon bourbon vanilla extract(you can use regular extract too)
  • 2 large eggs

Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 8 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon bourbon vanilla extract

Baking Instructions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. In a large bowl, mix together crushed Graham cracker crumbs, butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Then add the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix until it looks like wet sand.
  3. Scoop on cookie sheet and flatten.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. Cream together butter and cream cheese.
  2. Slowly add powdered sugar.
  3. Add milk and vanilla extract.

Once cookies are completely cooled, put filling in the middle and sandwich together, then enjoy!

October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit

As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

Calling all teenage student-athletes! If you have dreams of playing college soccer and wish to represent an HBCU, the HBCU ID Camp is your golden opportunity. From 8 am to 5 pm on November 11-12, Houston Sports Park will transform into a hub for aspiring male and female soccer players. Coaches from HBCUs across the nation will be present to evaluate, scout, and offer valuable feedback. Moreover, they might even spot the next soccer prodigy to join their collegiate soccer programs. This camp is not just about honing your soccer skills but also a chance to connect with the HBCU soccer community. You’ll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to excel on the field and in the classroom, which is crucial for a college athlete. The HBCU ID Camp is an excellent platform to network with coaches, learn from experienced athletes, and take the first steps toward your college soccer journey. To secure your spot at this incredible event, don’t forget to register [here](insert registration link). Space is limited to 120 participants, so make sure to reserve your place before it’s too late. It’s time to turn your dreams of playing college soccer into a reality.

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