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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17 Responses to “M&M Surprise Cookies”

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    stephchows — December 4, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    WOW total sugar coma! I love that it’s a PB cookie with a whole PB cup put into it!! Such a fun idea ๐Ÿ™‚

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    birdutmasali — December 4, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    and peanut butter
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    Jelli Bean — December 4, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Considering it’s not even 10am and I’ve just polished off my 4th cheesecake brownie, I’d better stay as far away from these cookies as possible. They look phenomenal.

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    Ingrid — December 4, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Looks good. I bet they’d be super festive looking with the holiday m&ms.

    Happy Friday!
    ~ingrid

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    nutmegnanny — December 5, 2009 at 1:26 am

    These look sugary and delicious ๐Ÿ™‚ I tend to find mini M&M’s either in the check out lane or at Christmas I find them over where they have little stocking stuffer candy.

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    Molly Jean — December 5, 2009 at 2:49 am

    I have the sugar shakes just thinking about these ๐Ÿ™‚ They are waaaay too cute!

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    Julie — December 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    I’d love that sugar party in my mouth…wow!

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    oneordinaryday — December 8, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    My kiddos would be all over this. All that candy PLUS a cookie?! They’d love it! LOL

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    oneordinaryday — December 8, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Oh – the mini m&ms? I can usu. only find them in the check-out aisles in the small tubes. I haven’t seen them in bags in a long time.

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    Jen — December 8, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    I’ll have to look up by the checkout next time I need mini M&Ms. I was definitely looking for a bag…

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    Amy — December 8, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    OMG your pictures are TDF

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    Lisa — December 8, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    The only place I can find M&M minis now is in the bulk candy aisle. I haven’t seen them in any sort of packaging in ages.

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    bridget {bake at 350} — January 3, 2010 at 1:03 am

    “super sugar overload cookies” sound good to me! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for linking!

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    Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} — January 3, 2010 at 3:40 am

    Very Clever!

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    Katie — January 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Wow those look great, I’ll have to try them. I love your photography!

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