Monday, June 7, 2010

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 9x13 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.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars - adapted from Bake at 350 - makes 16 bars
Printable Recipe
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
5 Tbsp butter, melted
2/3 cup mini chocolate chips

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

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

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.

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hannah! said...

A slice of this? Yes please!

Sara said...

Oh my...a slice? I'll take the whole pan, please. :)

Cupcake Activist said...

I am a firm believer in combining foods that are great. The photos are making me drool!

yumventures said...

So amazingly decadent! I love these. So would my boyfriend :)

BeeKayRoot said...

You should simply call these the "Yes, Please" bars.

Chocolate Shavings said...

Those bars look perfect!

Amy said...

Mmmmm, she said trying not to drool.

Taylor said...

Yes please is right! I need to make these as soon as possible!

bridget {bake at 350} said...

Yours turned out so pretty! I'm so glad you liked them! :)

oneordinaryday said...

Holy cow! I agree with your husband. I'd beg for those bars, for sure.

Mary said...

Oh, I say "yes please," too! YUM! Those both sound and look delicious!!! A must make!

Delightful Bitefuls

Ingrid said...

I've seen these around and each time I think, MUST bake, soon! This time around is no different except I AM going to make these asap. Thanks for the shove, I mean nudge! :)

Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} said...

I've made these before and I still think about them. Your pictures are beautiful. I'm adding you to my blog list!

Amanda said...

wow! heavenly! -hoteles en veracruzt

steph said...

I'll take two! These bars look great. I am saving the recipe!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

Wow, these look simply amazing! I think I would say "Yes Please" too!

Tia said...

i just printed this off. SO excited to try it!

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

My family would go insane for this! Newest follower here!

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner

cookies and cups said...

These are some of my favorite bars! Yours look great :)

We Are Not Martha said...

Oh wow, these look absolutely delightful! I could probably eat a whole pan :) Happy weekend!


Amanda said...

Yum, yum, yum! I could do some serious damage to those. They look heavenly.

Tyler said...

I've been browsing your blog and these look delicious! Well, everything looks delicious but I'm a cheesecake girl and my husband is definitely a chocolate chip cookie kind of guy so I can't wait to try these!

Rhondi said...

I made these last week. They were amazing!


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