Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

When I sent a picture of these bars to Hubby at work to show him what I had done during my day off, his response was simple “YES PLEASE”. As I’ve mentioned, Hubby is a HUGE cookie dough fan. As much as he claims not to be a big sweets/dessert guy, he will never deny his love of cookie dough. So when I saw these pop up in my Google Reader, there was no doubt that I had to add them to my must-bake list.

And due to that love of cookie dough, these bars jumped right to the top of that must-bake list. And boy am I glad they did. In fact, I think everyone who got to taste these guys is glad they made it to the top of the must-bake list.

These bars start with a base of a graham cracker crust with mini chocolate chips in it. Yes please. Next comes a cheesecake layer. Yes please. And last, but definitely not least, comes a layer of cookie dough crumbles. Yes Please.

The combination of these three layers results in amazingly delicious cookie bar that you will not be forgetting about any time soon. You get a great crunchiness from the graham cracker crust, then a great creaminess from the cheesecake layer, and then the delicious crumbliness from the cookie dough. I this this cookie dough recipe would be great to mix in to some ice cream. Like I mentioned, it yielded large crumbles of cookie dough, as opposed to the smooth cookie dough frosting that I’ve used on brownies and mini cupcakes.

A couple notes, I doubled this recipe since I was baking for a large group. I used a 9×13 pan and had to bake them for about double the baking time listed. I have shown the recipe below as a single batch. The original recipe has a chocolate drizzle over the top. I left it off literally because I forgot about it, but it would add another layer of indulgence to these bars.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

Yield: 16

Ingredients:

For the Crust
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
5 Tbsp butter, melted
2/3 cup mini chocolate chips

For the Cookie Dough
5 Tbsp butter, room temp.
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp coarse salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour
1 cup chocolate chips

For the Cheesecake Filling
10 oz. cream cheese, room temp.
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325.

For the crust
Grease a 8x8 pan with butter, line pan with parchment paper and butter the paper, leaving enough to extend over the sides.

Crush graham crackers into crumbs to make 1 & 1/2 cups. Add to butter and stir until crumbs are moistened. Stir in chocolate chips.

Press crust mixture into bottom of pan. Bake for 6 minutes. Set pan on wire rack to cool.

For cookie dough
Using mixer and the paddle attachment, mix butter, brown sugar, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract at medium speed until smooth. Adjust mixer speed to low and add flour. Mix just until incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips. Set aside.

For cheesecake
Using mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add egg and vanilla extract, beating just until blended.

Pour batter into cooled, baked crust. Drop cookie dough by teaspoonfuls over the top of the filling.

Bake about 30 minutes, or until set. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Place in the refrigerator to chill several hours.

Recipe adapted from Bake at 350

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16 Responses to “Chocolate Whiskey and Beer Cupcakes”

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    yumventures — March 10, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Mmmm amazing! I love all of the different flavors in each part of the recipe! Perfect for the 17th…maybe even with a drop of green food coloring =)

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    Sunshine — March 10, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    I’ve been wanting to make a version of htis for awhile and almost did this weekend. Now my plan is tackle them for St. Pat’s. Thanks for reminding me to do this.

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    Jes — March 10, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    My husband and his Army buddies LOVE these cupcakes! I get requests for them almost weekly!

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    Cara — March 10, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    sounds so good!! I could go for one now 🙂

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    nutmegnanny — March 10, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Well I love Irish Car Bombs so in dessert form I know I would love it even more!

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    Carly — March 10, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Wow – I am dying to try these. They look amazing!

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    Xiaolu — March 10, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Wow these look amazing. That looks like the perfect amount of frosting, too.

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    Joanne — March 11, 2010 at 12:17 am

    I made these for a friend’s birthday last month and absolutely fell in love with them. They are the perfect St. Patty’s day cupcake. Or any day really. My friends proclaimed them the best they had ever tasted. Yours look fantastic!

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    Brisbane Baker — March 11, 2010 at 8:07 am

    What a wonderful recipe! And just in time for St Pats 😀

    BB

    Check me out.
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    Kerstin — March 12, 2010 at 3:17 am

    Mmm, they look amazing and are so perfect for St. Patty’s Day – yum!

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    Samantha Kate — March 12, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Wow these are some fancy looking cupcakes! Great job 🙂

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    Shayna — October 9, 2010 at 2:34 am

    I’m still in the process of making these…(Have yet to Ice and taste) But My ganache didn’t come out right…I stayed runny even when completely cooled and I can’t figure out what I did wrong 🙁

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    Jen — October 11, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Shayna – So sorry to hear the ganache didn’t set up. Did you try putting it in the fridge? I’ve never had that issue…

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    Richele McHenry — March 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I am ready to make these but I do not have enough bittersweet chocolate for the ganache. Can I use semi-sweet or unsweetened chocolate? Will it still taste okay?

    • beantownbaker — March 16th, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

      Sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner. Semisweet would work ok, I wouldn’t use unsweetened.

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    Kristina — July 24, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Have you ever made these into a cake? I have made them multiple times and love them but was hoping to make this into a cake for a birthday. Any thoughts?

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