Monday, January 2, 2012

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

I made these last week for a little girls get together and they are seriously good. I know I say that about pretty much everything on here, but really...these are super yummy. Forget all the other things I've posted and suggested that you make, and get on these immediately!
A buttery graham cracker crust with a layer of creamy cheesecake and the chocolate-y goodness of chocolate chip cookie dough is the perfect combination
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars
Recipe adapted from The Sweets Life
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough:
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour
2/3 cup chocolate chips

Cheesecake Filling:
10 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Line an 8" square baking pan with parchment paper or foil allowing a little overhang and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
2. Mix the melted butter and graham cracker crumbs until thoroughly combined. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 6 minutes. Remove pan to a cooling rack. Leave your oven on while you prepare the dough.
3. While the crust is cooling, prepare the chocolate chip cookie dough. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt and vanilla until smooth and thoroughly combined, about 1 minute. Mix in the flour on low speed, and mix until just incorporated. Mix in the chocolate chips. Set aside.
4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl with an electric mixer cream together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Mix in the egg and vanilla on low speed just until incorporated. Pour the cheesecake batter into the prepared crust. Using your hand to form clumps, distribute the cookie dough onto the top of the cheesecake batter in teaspoon-sized clumps. Be sure to use all of the dough.
5. Bake for about 30 minutes, until the top feels dry and firm (the cookie dough) and the entire pan looks set if given a gentle shake. Move bars to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely. Chill in refrigerator overnight or for at least a couple hours.
6. Lift the bars out by the overhang and cut into squares for serving.


  1. Wow. That's really all I can Those look AWESOME!

  2. Would I dare make these or would we just eat the whole pan in one sitting?!

  3. Dorothy - Thank you for the kind words!

    The Family - I had to give them away to friends before I ate the whole self control! Enjoy :)

  4. I am such a sucker for multi-layer desserts, especially if one of those layers is cheesecake. This is going on my must make list!


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