Thursday, June 9, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

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Cookie Dough + Cheesecake = all my dreams coming TRUE!

These were seriously good, friends.  I know I say that quite a bit here, but really...really, these were tasty.  Forget all the other things I've posted and suggested that you make, and get on these immediately.
Immediately!


The cookie dough part was my personal favorite.  Plenty of chocolate chips and no raw eggs, so no salmonella to bring you down.  :)
Wait...the cheesecake was the best.  Good heavens!  When you combine the two...! 
I think I cried a little.
I'm crying now just thinking of them, and the fact that they are gone, all gone.

You know I like to break it down for you, so here's how it goes!

Really friends, get on these right away (and bring me some)!
Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

by Brandy's Baking
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30-40 minutes
Ingredients (9-12 servings)
    Crust:
    • 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
    Instructions
    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. (*Note: This mixture is going to be dry...that’s okay. It’s rather like a crumble topping. You’re going to crumble it on top of the cheesecake layer.)
    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. Use your hands to form "clumps" of the cookie dough, smoosh it together and flatten it out.  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.
    Source: My Baking Addiction
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    99 comments:

    Aimee said...

    wow. I totally bookmarked this so I can make. Looks divine, thanks for sharing!

    Karen - Trilogy Edibles said...

    wow these look awesome. I came over from Something Swanky and I'm your newest follower! You had me at cookie dough :) Come on over to www.trilogyedibles.com if you want to see what I'm up to too! see you around the blogosphere.

    RonJoe 'Geezer' said...

    Greetings From Southern California

    I am your newest follower. I invite you to visit my blog and become a follower if you want too.

    Have a Nice Day :-)

    Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

    Brandy...I just started a diet! Your killing me here! :)

    These look amazing! Maybe I will have them after I loose 10 lbs. Sounds like a goal to look forward too!

    Foodness Gracious said...

    Im definetely going to make these, Im a total bar dude and love to have a square with my coffee. How did you get that cool writing on your pictures?

    Something Swanky Cupcakes and Desserts said...

    I'd like to take a moment and drool over these.

    I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award!! Swing by my blog to pick it up! www.somethingswanky.com
    Ashton

    Shore Girl said...

    Oh Wow -- those look WONDERFUL!!!

    Allison @ Alli 'n Son said...

    I have a very similar recipe and I LOVE it. Cookie dough and cheesecake, two of my favorite things.

    Thanks for linking up with Sweet Tooth Friday!

    Kim McCallie said...

    These look delicious, Brandy. All of your recipes do. I'd like to invite you to share your recipe on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

    http://www.wellseasonedlife.com/2011/06/sweet-indulgences-sunday-8.html

    ladybehindthecurtain.com said...

    I have printed this recipe and can't wait to try it because like you I can't choose between cookie dough or cheesecake. So why not eat BOTH! HA! Thanks!

    Mrs. H @ My Happily Ever After said...

    Omg this looks SO good...got to try this asap!

    Emily said...

    thanks for linking to Tasty Tuesday. Come back again next week http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/

    Katie said...

    Wowza's! I am addicted to all things Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (if you go to my blog you'll see what I'm talking about)! I found your recipe via something swanky's link party, and I just became your 100th follower! I've pinned this recipe on pinterest! Can't wait to make these!

    Something Swanky Cupcakes and Desserts said...

    I featured this post on Sweet Treats Thursday this week! Thanks for linking up!
    Ashton
    www.somethingswanky.com

    Jane said...

    Hey Brandy~
    This looks awesome! I definitely need to try these bars! :)

    Thanks for linking up to Melt in Your Mouth Monday!

    ladybehindthecurtain.com said...

    These look so good! I love cookie dough and cheesecake! Thanks for sharing this recipe with us at Cast Party Wednesday! I hope to see you again tomorrow!

    sherri lynn said...

    This looks AMAZING! I have bookmarked it and can't wait to have an excuse to make these :)

    Bex said...

    holy smokes that looks good.....wow. Got a cavity just looking at the picture.

    Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

    Again, I LOVE Pinterest...because that's how I found ya! I'm so following you. I'll be back to find some ideas for my "Friday's Finds" on my blog. Thanks for sharing!

    Brian + Cheryl B. said...

    Oh My Goodness!!! These look wickedly delightful! o;-p Mercy!

    Congratulations on being featured on Katie's 'this chick cooks' link-up party this week. I followed that link here.

    Heather said...

    Found you via Pinterest! Just when I was going to start eating better, you go and post a recipe like this! :)

    New follower--perhaps we can swap recipes--come visit!

    frankie said...

    These look amazing. Kids and grandkids will love them. Thank you for sharing

    Whimsies Shop said...

    Wow! I can't believe how awesome all your bar recipes look! I'm diabetic so I'll have to make these for a family get together and just try a taste! But make them I will!
    Feel free to visit me :) http://whimsiesshop.blogspot.com/

    Ashton said...

    Making these today with the toddler I watch! Can't wait to eat them afterward :)

    Sam @ The Junk House said...

    I saw this recipe on Pinterest and knew I had to try it. Well, I made them 2 nights ago and they are amazing! I wanted to sit in front of the TV and eat the whole dish of them. I didn't, but I really wanted to...haha! Thanks for the great recipe!

    Sharyl said...

    Going to take this to a potluck, going away party Sun. The hostess is so excited!!!! Thanks for this amazing recipe!

    Candice said...

    I love all thus cookies. It's awesome.

    Anonymous said...

    I made these on Tuesday and at them last night! Amazing! Look just like the picture too!

    Brandi and Chad Croom said...

    I made these yesterday to bring to a friends house for dinner and since there was 11 of us I decided to double the recipe and put it in a 9X13 pan and increased baking time by 7 minutes and they turned out great!!! Addictingly good:)

    Jessica said...

    I attempted to make this tonight. I'm hoping it turns out. I'm a little leary on the "cookie dough" part. My "dough" was very dry and barely stayed in clumps....am I missing something? What did I do wrong?

    Brandy K said...

    Hi Jessica! I don't think you did anything wrong, the dough is a little dry because there really isn't any "wet" ingredients (like eggs) to sort of bind it together. You are just able to form "clumps" to crumble it over the cheesecake layer. It will bake up just right. Let me know how it turns out or if you have any other questions. Thanks so much for stopping by!

    Brittany said...

    How many cookies does one batch of cookies make? 1 dozen, 2? I need 2 dozen cookies for something and these look amazing!

    Courty Biggs said...

    These are awesome! I made these and they turned out great! Thank you for posting the recipe! It was fun to make and great to eat!

    http://barefootinbluejeans-courtyb.blogspot.com/2011/12/cheesecake-cookie-dough-bars.html

    Anonymous said...

    Do you need to store them in the fridge after the original overnight cooling? Or can you leave them at room temperature?

    Brandy K said...

    Hi! Definitely store them in the fridge. You can let them come to room temp before serving them, but if you have any leftovers, keep them in the fridge. Thanks for stopping by. :)

    krissy rock said...

    yum!! this looks delicious!!! I will have to try it!

    krissykreates.blogspot.com

    Anonymous said...

    I saw this recipe on pinterest a few weeks ago and just tried is, they taste delicious!

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    Erika said...

    I made these tonight... my diet starts tomorrow... and they are HEAVEN!!

    Anonymous said...

    Wow!!! I just stumbled across your blog last night and made these today. They are HEAVENLY!!!

    TheCraftBarn said...

    YUMMY! I posted a link to this recipe on my blog...thru my pinterest board.
    Thanks!
    Jennifer @ The Craft Barn

    Caitlin Jackson said...

    My dough stayed clumped up too. I flattened them, but they didnt spread and cover the top like the picture showed.

    Brandy K said...

    @ Caitlin-I'm so sorry that they didn't work out for you. Two things that might help are to be sure the dough "clumps" are small, teaspoon size as noted and that you use all the dough. It will cover the entire top of the bars-the dough part doesn't really spread. I hope that helps. Thanks for stopping by.

    Anonymous said...

    I made these and the whole family gave it two thumbs up! They were delish! And easy to make!

    Anonymous said...

    OMG made these today... they taste AMAZING!! definitely gonna make these again!! :-)

    Kittye said...

    These do look amazing. One question though, you mention "no raw eggs", but there is a raw egg in the recipe. So, I'm confused about that comment.

    Anonymous said...

    How long would this freeze for?

    Brandy K said...

    Regarding freezing the bars...I just wouldn't. I don't think they would freeze well. You could give it a try though and let me know. :)

    Brandy K said...

    @ Kittye- So when I mentioned "no raw eggs" in the post, I was referring to the fact that when you eat cookie dough, from the mixer bowl or whatever, it's unbaked, and if there are eggs in the dough, you are subject to the dreaded salmonella bacteria. The great thing about this recipe is that after it's baked, the "cookie dough" layer tastes like cookie dough! It tastes like unbaked cookie dough, but you don't have to worry about raw eggs...because it's baked. Get it? :) Additionally, the egg in the recipe is in the cheesecake layer, unbaked cheesecake batter just isn't as yummy to eat as cookie dough, IMO. I hope that makes sense. Thanks for stopping by.

    Nicole said...

    Hi there, Brandy. I plan on making these for our Super Bowl party, but I am wondering if you can use pre-made cookie dough. Like, a roll of Pillsbury chocolate chip cookie dough. Do you know if this will work? Thanks! They look delish!

    Brandy K said...

    @Nicole...I'm excited that these bars will be on someone's Super Bowl party menu. :) Thanks. I think you would be just fine using a roll of premade cookie dough. I would just suggest that you maybe only use 1/2 to 2/3 of the roll and make sure that the layer isn't too thick (so it will bake evenly and completely). Will you let me know how it turns out? I'm curious! Thanks!

    Anonymous said...

    So do you bake the crust and the bars with the parchment paper in the pan???

    Brandy K said...

    Yes, you line the pan with parchment paper first, as stated, prepare the bars, and then bake.

    Brandy K said...

    To add to the comment about the parchment paper...you don't have to use parchment paper. You can just spray your pan with baking spray first. If you use parchment paper and allow a bit of overhang over the sides, you can easily lift the baked/cooled bars out of the pan to cut them neatly.

    Danielle Di Maio said...

    Can you freeze these?

    Brandy K said...

    @Danielle-I don't really think these bars would freeze well. :( sorry

    Alicia said...

    These look delicious! I also want to make them for my superbowl party. However, I only have a 9x9in. square pan. Do you think that will work or do I need to buy an 8x8in?

    Brandy K said...

    @Alicia-Hi! I think they would be just fine in a 9x9 pan. You'll have thinner layers and maybe just bake it for a little less time. Enjoy!

    Nicole said...

    @Brandy, I made these for the Super Bowl with pre-made refrigerated dough, and they worked wonderfully! I used a little over half of the roll. Sometime when I have a little more time to cook, I'll try your cookie dough recipe, but in a time crunch, it seems that the pre-made stuff works well! Thanks for the recipe!

    Brandy K said...

    @Nicole. That is so good to know! I'm glad it worked for you & thanks so much for letting me know. :)

    Brieanne G said...

    Found these on Pinterest and tried them over the weekend. They were fabulous and an absolute keeper! Thanks!

    hjab said...

    I just made these. Cough dough "clumps" were teaspoon sized but did not melt down or spread out over the cheesecake layer. After reading through all of the comments & your "crumble" statement, I think it would be better understood if the recipe was re-worded. Maybe instead of saying teaspoon sized clumps it should say a cookie dough crumble? Just a suggestion. I'm sure they'll still taste the same.

    Rebecca Schrepfer said...

    hjab, I am with you on that! Should have read the reviews first! Whoops. Still excited to eat them, nonetheless.

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    Big Sis said...

    I made these tonight for our fellowship time after church tomorrow. Something doesn't look right and I followed the receipe exactly. The cookie dough is very dry and crumbly. Is there supposed to be an egg in the cookie dough??

    Kevin said...

    Those bars look so good!

    Brandy K said...

    @Kevin-Thank you! :) @Big Sis-I get a ton of questions about this. Yes, the cookie dough mixture is dry. I would compare it to a crumble topping. I added a note to the recipe, hopefully that will be helpful. Thanks for stopping by.

    Big Sis said...

    Brandy, thank you so much for getting back to me about this. These bars were a huge hit at our fellowship time tonight! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!! Keep up the great work!

    A. said...

    Hey there! I tried your recipe today, and I'd like to thank you for your easy directions. I'm just a beginner baker, and some online recipes are so tough to follow!

    One thing though.. My choc chip cookie dough recipe wasn't dry/crumbly. Any idea why?

    Anw I hope it doesnt mess up my batter completely. It's still in the oven hehe.

    Thanks for the recipe! :)

    Aubrey said...

    Very YUMMY! But I do wish that I hadn't used the lowfat cream cheese, graham crackers and Stevia. They tasted great but lacked any moisture! Next time I will have to use the more fatty ingredients!

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    Lily said...

    Those bars look awesome!

    table top fridge

    city said...

    nice idea.. thanks for sharing.

    DianeN3 said...

    I made these for my Bunco group last night and everyone could not stop asking what they were, Amazing is what I said

    Tia said...

    Watch me make these bars here! http://youtu.be/ku3izctwxdE

    Brandy K said...

    How fun that you made a video! I'm glad you tried the bars out. I've updated the recipe, yet again, as everyone seems to have questions about the cookie dough topping. It's not supposed to be as crumbly as yours turned out. Thanks for sharing the video.

    Shiloh Barkley said...

    Pinned a LONG time ago. Finally making them tomorrow!!

    www.shilohstaste.com

    Shiloh Barkley said...

    Yay I followed through. Lol

    www.shilohstaste.com

    Sandra :) said...

    I pinned the recipe 2 weeks ago and tried it out tonight. I'm glad you described the cookie dough layer - mine looked dry and crumbly, so I knew it was just right :D It was delicious (so much for my diet, argh, lol) - I suspect that a large piece of this will be making it's way to a construction site tomorrow in our oldest son's lunch :)

    Terry said...

    Made these today.... I used foil to line my 8 x 8 dish. I had to bake them close to one hour because the topping (crumble) just didn't get that dry look. Not sure why. With the crumble I just took teaspoon size clumps and smashed them a bit and laid it on top of the cheesecake layer. Hope they'll tasted good!

    Monica said...

    These look absolutely amazing!!!!!

    Diedra said...

    Made these last night. I eat gluten free so I used whole gf crackers for the crust. Worked excellent. Used the filling per recipe and for the chocolate chip cookie dough I used Betty Crocker's Gluten free one. That one made the cookie layer too thick but it was still very good. I'll be making this again. tfs

    Denise said...

    I made these and they were devoured by everyone at my Christmas party. I used a premade cookie dough. Very easy to make!

    ana sanchez said...

    Would like to make a batch of these for the weekends. But my refrigerator is broken as the sealing strips leaks out the cold compress air. Had issued fridge seals repair perth so I'm waiting for it to dry so my fridge will be ok.

    samanthacleigh said...

    I wouldn't mind that I'm on a low-cal diet. I could use low-cal sweeteners anyway. Definitely gonna try this! Thanks! - Sam

    madisonbanks said...

    I want to try this recipe so bad, but my oven and fridge needs a repair. Oh well, I can print this anyway. Thank you!

    - Madison

    Sabrina Khan said...

    I've made these twice now in the last 2 weeks... Needless to say they are a HUGE hit. Delicious from top to bottom and seriously easy to make.

    Enjoy!!

    Meagan Monahan said...

    I made these for a party and they were a big hit. But I have a daughter with an egg allergy, and I'm wondering what would happen if I omitted the egg from the cream cheese layer. Would it just be a little more dense? Or do I need to substitute something else?

    Brandy K said...

    Hi Meagan. I'm just not sure about leaving out the egg. I really think it needs it as a binder. You could give it a try tough, it might be just fine. Let me know if it works out. Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

    arist55 said...

    I made these but was confused because first it said flatten the dough then get a tsp of it. was I suppose to flatten the dough and place it on top or get a tsp scoop like a ball and flatten a little ( which is what I did)? great recipe can't wait till its done setting!

    lostinthought said...

    Ok so I kinda want to make this recipe but I want to do it in cupcake or mini cupcake tins. I think that will make it easier for my coworkers to inhale!

    Thoughts? Suggestions? It should still work right? Just maybe less cooking time. I wonder if I am better off using foil or paper liners...

    Brandy K said...

    @lostinthought- Hi! Well, I think it should be fine if you make the recipe using cupcake tins. I would use foil wrappers. Honestly - I'm not sure it would be easier to make though, might be a little harder, especially with the graham cracker crust. Here is what I do to make this easy to eat: Bake as directed, chill, cut into small, neat squares and place the squares in cupcake wrappers to serve. They look pretty and it makes them very easy to grab and eat. I hope that helps! :)

    Milia said...

    I've made these twice already and oh my goodness!!! These are amazing and easily have made me the champion baker amongst my girlfriends. They loved it, I loved it, their husbands love it, heck everyone did! Don't be afraid of the crumbly cookie dough, I promise it bakes up beautifully. Do add extra vanilla to the recipe and it makes it extra rich. And finally, you must refrigerate it. It tastes best cold and its not mushy this way. I can hardly wait to make it again!

    Lenis said...

    My goodness. I just made this for my bday party yesterday! They were just too good. It´s like the perfect combo of tastes and textures. And it feels like I´m eating the cake before it´s done. That guilty pleasure (but mostly pleasure) feeling of eating the cookie dough. eeehehehehe. Thanks for sharing! I found you on Pinterest. And I´m happy about that. I´m from Norway, so I used "Bixit" crackers instead of Grahams, philadelphia light and a different kind of cocolate (you should seriously try the Norwegian chocolate.. It´s better than Swiss and any other..) :D All the best - Lenis

    Allison said...

    I made these today. Rather disappointing. Crust disintegrates and too many flavors. Will not be making again.

    Alisyn Gallo said...

    I just made these this morning. They're cooled, refrigerated and turned out DELICIOUS! I can't wait to bring them to the party I've made them for!

    Audrey Balicki said...

    Hi Brandy, I made these tonight and while delicious, my crust just fell completely apart as if I hadn't even baked it! I followed your instuctions... Any thoughts? Thanks!

    KathleenAshleigh said...

    Holy Moly. Saw this last night, promised myself I'd make it today!!! It's in the oven baking right now. Let me tell you... that was some of the best cookie dough...I wanted to eat more after sampling! && the cheesecake... Who knew how easy it was to make that part!!!!
    -down side... the crumbs/crust kept coming up when I was trying to spread the cheesecake on. :(((

    Ahuva Holzer said...

    Hi! Any suggestions how to do this without the crust? Don't have one or any graham crackers on hand and I'd love to make these this afternoon. Thanks!

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