Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

If the title of these alone doesn’t win you over, then I will have to shut down BoB. Really, there’s no hope if these don’t appeal to you.

These delicious bars begin with a graham cracker crust. While that usually means graham cracker crumbs and butter, this crust also contains miniature chocolate chips. Then, there is a cheesecake layer, which has been topped with dollops of chocolate chip cookie. If that weren’t enough, the whole thing is drizzled with even more chocolate.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars combine rich cheesecake and sweet cookie dough for an irresistible dessert! - Bake or Break

I am happy to tell you that the end result is every bit as good as the name would imply. Each component is delicious, and the combination is just wonderful.

These bars come from The Essential Chocolate Chip Cookbook, which also brought us those Chocolate Chip-Filled Melting Moments. As you may also know, that is also the book I’m giving away. The response to this cookbook giveaway was beyond what I could have ever imagined. I sincerely thank you all for your participation and enthusiasm. I wish I could give all of you a copy of this book. Rest assured that this will not be my last giveaway. This was far too much fun to stop with just one!

That carafe held 772 chocolate chips. No one guessed that number exactly, but kimkim was closest with 777. Congratulations!

Sweet cookie dough tops off rich cheesecake in these delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars. - Bake or Break

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 36 minutes

Yield: 16 2-inch bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars


    For the crust:
  • 1 & 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate cups
  • For the cookie dough:
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • For the filling:
  • 10 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the chocolate topping:
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter, if necessary


To make the crust:

Preheat oven to 325°. Butter a 9″-square baking pan. Line pan with parchment paper, leaving enough to extend over the sides. Butter the parchment paper.

Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter until crumbs are moistened. Stir in chocolate chips.

Press crust mixture into bottom of pan and 1 inch up sides. Bake for 6 minutes. Set pan on wire rack to cool.

To make the cookie dough:

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, mix butter, brown sugar, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract at medium speed until smooth. Decrease mixer speed to low and add flour. Mix just until incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips. Set aside.

To make the filling:

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

Pour batter into 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 make the chocolate topping:

Melt chocolate chips in the microwave or in a double boiler. Add butter if necessary to make chocolate smooth.

Drizzle over top of bars. Cool bars completely in pan (about an hour).

Using the edges of the parchment paper, remove bars from pan. Cut into bars and serve.


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  1. Ashley April 25, 2008 Reply

    Holy geez these look and sound amazingly amazing! I must make them asap. And get this cookbook! I missed the contest. :(

  2. Silvia April 25, 2008 Reply

    Oh my…these bars look so yummy!! I’d love to be able to do something like this! You are so good!

  3. andreea April 25, 2008 Reply

    these look sinfully delicious! now where i can i get that book? :)

  4. Lisa April 25, 2008 Reply

    That’s some of the tastiest looking food I’ve seen in a long while. I need some.

  5. Jenn April 25, 2008 Reply

    Oh my goodness, those look fantastic! I think my hips expanded 3 inches just looking at the pictures.

  6. grace April 25, 2008 Reply

    good heavens. each component is delicious on its own, but together? are you kidding me? i bow to your greatness. :)

  7. Patricia Scarpin April 25, 2008 Reply

    I was drooling only by reading the name, Jen! :)
    This is so luscious.

  8. RecipeGirl April 25, 2008 Reply

    Jen- are you kidding me??? These are just about the most amazing baked good I’ve seen in a long time. Totally something that I crave for sure!! Bookmarking :)

  9. Katherine April 25, 2008 Reply

    Hmmm… I want to bake these Only, maybe I’m losing it, I can’t find the recipe when I click on the “printable recipe” link. Where should I be looking?

  10. Aria April 25, 2008 Reply

    Wow, yummy! When I click for the printable recipe nothing comes up. Am I missing something? I’d love to make them. 😉

  11. Hillary April 25, 2008 Reply

    What did you use to make the drizzled chocolate look so pretty? These look amazing.

  12. RobynE April 25, 2008 Reply

    I also can seem to get the printable recipe link to work… and my library system doesn’t have this book.

  13. jennifer April 25, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Ashley. Sorry you missed the giveaway!

    Silvia, these are really not that hard. There are three separate components to make, but each of them is pretty simple.

    Andreea, I highly recommend this book. Many recipes I’d love to try.

    Thanks, Lisa!

    Jenn, I know what you mean. I ate one, purely for testing purposes. Then, I started thinking who I could give these to so I could remove the temptation to eat all of them.

    LOL, grace. Thanks!

    Thanks, Patricia! That title just kills me.

    RecipeGirl, they really are good. Plus I think they look impressive, too!

    Katherine, Aria & RobynE, sorry about the bad link. It’s fixed now. Thanks for letting me know!

    Hillary, I must confess that I have no patience for drizzling chocolate. That was all Quinn. He put the melted chocolate in a plastic bag and cut the corner off to squeeze it out.

  14. Richelle April 25, 2008 Reply

    These bars are to die for! I found the same recipe in my cooking pleasures magazine a couple of years ago and have made them many times since. Can’t go wrong with cheesecake anything!

  15. Cheryl April 25, 2008 Reply

    Ohhhh…do those look sooo good! Are you trying to kill us with all the chocolate chippy goodness lately?! Job done!

  16. deborah April 25, 2008 Reply

    Wow – I was way off! But I can tell by looking at these bars that they are right on! Can’t wait to make them!

  17. katy April 25, 2008 Reply

    oh my goodness. that looks incredible. you’re right, if there’s a person out there who doesn’t love these, they’re just… wrong.

  18. Hélène April 25, 2008 Reply

    Looks great. Where is the recipe?

  19. patsyk April 25, 2008 Reply

    You had me at chocolate chip cookie dough…. oh yeah!

  20. Jerry April 25, 2008 Reply

    Umm yummy! I’m so in!

  21. jennifer April 25, 2008 Reply

    Richelle, I agree. Cheesecake gets me every time.

    Cheryl, I certainly mean no harm. I have been overdoing it with the chocolate chips, though, huh? 😉

    deborah, I hope you like them!

    Thanks, katy! What’s not to like?

    Helene, the recipe link is at the top of the post under the title. Or, click here.

    patsyk, that’s about where they had me, too!

    Thanks, Jerry!

  22. Hendria April 25, 2008 Reply

    wow……..they look amazingly…..GOOD!!!!!

  23. They look insane! Not one to have before you go to the dentists, I’m sure…the title alone had me drooling :)

  24. Kevin April 25, 2008 Reply

    That looks so good!! Great job with the drizzle.

  25. Sophie April 25, 2008 Reply

    after baking 60 batches of cookies in a month, i’m fairly cookied out…at least I was until I saw these :D. The concept of a cookie dough bar is definitely a cool one :).

  26. Aran April 26, 2008 Reply

    What else can I add to these comments. The photos say it all! Gooey!

  27. Indigo April 26, 2008 Reply


    I saw these on Tastespotting and knew instinctively it was you before I’d even read the user name ^__^. I don’t have enough caps locks to show how much I love these…

  28. e April 26, 2008 Reply

    I’m drooling all over my shirt. You are amazing.

  29. Nicole April 26, 2008 Reply

    Ohhh my goodness. This is right up my alley. These look so awesome.

  30. jennifer April 26, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Hendria!

    Laura, I’m sure dentists would frown at most of BoB’s content. 😉

    Kevin, that drizzle was all Quinn. He has quite the knack (and patience) for it.

    Sophie, 60 batches of cookies would do anyone in!

    Aran, “gooey” is a great description.

    Thanks, Indigo! How very sweet!

    e, thank you so much!

    Nicole, I think these would be right up most anyone’s alley. Thanks!

  31. Those turned out beautiful! Nice work on the drizzle. They look so rich and sweet! Definitely one to take to a get together to share.

  32. Holy Cookie Dough, Batman! Those look amazing! You did a beautiful job with the decorating too. A stellar dessert!

  33. jennifer April 27, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Rachelle & Susan!

  34. Cindy April 27, 2008 Reply

    One word. YUM!!!

  35. Katie April 28, 2008 Reply

    Ok I have to make these. They look amazing.

  36. Jill April 28, 2008 Reply

    I need to stop coming here. It is way, way too dangerous.

  37. christie April 28, 2008 Reply

    Seriously…Yum! I have to make these tonight. You are an inspiration to the mouth!

  38. Tracy April 28, 2008 Reply

    Oh wow. I am so craving those. But I must not.

  39. jennifer April 28, 2008 Reply

    Cindy, that about sums it up!

    Katie, I hope you like them as much as we did.

    Jill! Don’t stop visiting BoB! We love visitors! 😉

    Thanks, Christie! Hope you like them.

    Tracy, if you cave and make them, let me know what you think.

  40. Sarah April 28, 2008 Reply

    I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anything before that looks this delicious! I definitely need to bookmark these (just like about everything you post)!

  41. Carla April 29, 2008 Reply

    Can I come over for dessert? haha They look AMAZING and I’m tempted to buy that book right now.

  42. Nuwanda April 29, 2008 Reply

    This will be the next thing I bake. Oh my word. Fabulous presentation too! Kudos to you and Quinn Quinn.

  43. jennifer April 29, 2008 Reply

    Sarah, I highly recommend these. Thanks for your very kind comments!

    Carla, come on over! This book has so many recipes I want to try. A must have for chocolate lovers.

    My dear Nuwanda, I know you will love these. I wish I could have shared them with you!

  44. tanya April 29, 2008 Reply

    Oh my, these look heavenly! I need to make these asap!

  45. jennifer April 30, 2008 Reply

    Tanya, I hope you like them!

  46. Katrina May 2, 2008 Reply

    I was intrigued and apparently hungry when I saw that I didn’t win the cook book with my guess of how many chocolate chips, so I bought it and it arrived today. YUM! Can’t wait to try many of the recipes. But I will probably start with this one. I love cookie dough, cheesecake and lots of chocolate. Yours looks divine (and better than the one in the cookbook, I might add.) Thanks!

  47. Katrina May 2, 2008 Reply

    Okay, so I lied, I didn’t make these bars yet, but I did make some killer chocolate chip cookies from this book just now. Oh my goodness–so yummy. The recipe is Chock Full of Chocolate Chip Cookies. There is so much chocolate and it’s the perfect buttery, crispy, still soft in the middle cookie. I’ll try to get pictures posted soon. While I’ve recently been talking about and have tasted the “famous” Levain cookie, the one in this book is amazing as well, completely different from the Levain, but SO good! Thanks for the heads up on this cookbook!

  48. Katrina May 2, 2008 Reply

    P. S. I used a bunch of different chips I had on hand, some Guillitard Milk Choc.–big ones, some Hershey’s Semi Sweet chips, some Hershey’s Dark Choc Chips, some mini chips and some chopped dark choc. Dove chocolate. To die for!

  49. jennifer May 2, 2008 Reply

    Katrina, I came very close to making those cookies. They sounded wonderful. As for Levain, I’m hopefully headed back there next week. Those cookies are amazing!

  50. Julia May 4, 2008 Reply

    Ohhh.. I made these today for a get together and everyone really loved them. Kids and adults raved. Yumm!

    P.S. I’m just curious but do you know if there’s rules to publishing a recipe on your blog that comes from a copyrighted book? I posted the recipe because you did (two potential wrongs make a right, right?) but it still makes me a bit nervous.

  51. jennifer May 5, 2008 Reply

    Glad they were a hit, Julia! As for copyright issues, I’ve done a good bit of research. A recipe can’t actually be copyrighted, but the text of the directions can. If you reword the book’s or whomever’s directions, then you’re fine.

  52. Tartelette May 5, 2008 Reply

    Sorry for the info, but this is PMS heaven for me tonight! Brilliant!

  53. jennifer May 6, 2008 Reply

    Tartelette, don’t worry – you’re among friends. 😉

  54. kim May 8, 2008 Reply

    oh man! these look SO DELICIOUS… i am going to have to buy the book now just for these :)

  55. jennifer May 9, 2008 Reply

    kim, there are lots of great recipes in this book. Definitely worth it as far as I’m concerned.

  56. emilee May 11, 2008 Reply

    This looks amazing and completely yummy, cute pics!

  57. jennifer May 11, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, emilee!

  58. anna May 13, 2008 Reply

    oooo yum! how well do you think these would hold up in the mail (well packaged, of course)?

  59. erica May 13, 2008 Reply

    I already feel like I am in a diabetic coma! yummmy!

  60. jennifer May 14, 2008 Reply

    Anna, these need to be kept refrigerated so that makes mailing them tough. I have shipped a cheesecake before, but I froze it first then shipped it overnight. Not cheap, but it worked.

    LOL, erica. Thanks!

  61. Foodaholic May 15, 2008 Reply

    Cheesecake and cookie dough! The best of both worlds for sure.

  62. jennifer May 15, 2008 Reply

    Absolutely, Foodaholic!

  63. MuzzyBlue May 20, 2008 Reply

    Oh. My. Gawd. These are sensational! Every bite is an org…er…very, very good. I made these this past weekend, and I am now considered a genius by my sons’ friends (the ones who hang around our house waiting for me to bake something from scratch, a novel idea to them since their mothers don’t do it).

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this recipe!!

  64. jennifer May 20, 2008 Reply

    MuzzyBlue, I’m so glad they were a hit! Definitely one of my favorite sweet treats.

  65. Dondon May 21, 2008 Reply

    That Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars really looks delicious..anyway, where’s the recipe??

  66. jennifer May 21, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Dondon. The recipe link is beneath the title of the post.

  67. RavingRecipes May 25, 2008 Reply

    OH YUM!! I am so glad that I discovered this blog! Your recipes and photos look so delicious. Can you say addiction? It’s my new craving!! I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!

  68. jennifer May 25, 2008 Reply

    Thanks so much, RavingRecipes. I’m glad you’re here!

  69. Margaret May 27, 2008 Reply

    Help! My husband is on a low colesterol diet so I’ll have to eat these all myself. Well done you.

  70. jennifer May 27, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Margaret! Maybe you can share with someone else. Enjoy!

  71. Andrea June 14, 2008 Reply

    I made these last night for a party I had today. They are delicious, though mine turned out rather crumbly, possibly because I didn’t bother with the drizzle on top.

    As it was, next time I will make more “cheesecake” and put in less chocolate chips, but that’s mostly a personal preference.

    Great recipe! They certainly didn’t last long!

  72. jennifer June 15, 2008 Reply

    Andrea, everyone’s tastes and preferences are different. I am a big believer in adjusting recipes to fit them. I’m glad you liked them!

  73. Busby SEO Challenge July 28, 2008 Reply

    wow yummy..
    i like it
    nice site

  74. Rosie August 14, 2008 Reply

    Awesome…………. i m dying to try yr marvelous looking cookies. Good job!

  75. jennifer August 14, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Busby and Rosie!

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  77. Cara August 18, 2008 Reply

    You had me at Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough..and then you throw in the cheesecake bar part! My goodness.. These were amazing!
    I am absolutely in love with your site and have just started a blog of my own.. I am not sure of all of the proper blogging etiquette but I hope it is okay that I linked to your blog from mine..

  78. jennifer August 18, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Cara! I’ll be sure to check out your blog.

  79. Cristine September 6, 2008 Reply

    What a great recipe! This was delicious! Love your blog!

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    jennifer September 6, 2008 Reply

    Cristine, I’m glad you enjoyed them!

  81. Resep December 3, 2008 Reply

    hhmm Yummy. I like it.

  82. Busby SEO December 3, 2008 Reply

    I think I’m must tested. thanks

  83. Loker December 3, 2008 Reply

    yeah I think I’m must tested too. thanks

  84. Susana December 16, 2008 Reply

    Can you alter this recipe for other size pans? Has anyone tried any other size pan? I just have so many pans, right now, I don’t want to end up with yet another one. The closes thing I have is a 10 inch square pan.

  85. wow, so delicious..really nice recipe! I think I will baked some of this too. Yummy!

  86. Amy April 1, 2009 Reply

    This Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars look to die for!!!!


  87. Barackoli April 16, 2009 Reply

    it looks like so delicious. Ehm Yummy

  88. Rachel May 13, 2009 Reply

    your oatmeal chocolate chip cookies came up about half an hour ago when I googled marbled chocolate and I havne’t been able to leave your webstie since. You are an amazing baker, I think you passed “ametur” status a long time ago, and your pictures are gorgeous. I’m a college student who enjoys baking for my friends’ get togethers. This recipie in particular looks dangerous, with some of this there is very little the wielder couldn’t get someone, especially a college type someone, to do. 😀

  89. kayla June 2, 2009 Reply

    these look amazing…one question, however. does the cookie dough part cook up to cookie like texture (as in regular old choc chip cookies), or remain more like raw cookie dough (as in choc chip cookie dough ice cream)?

  90. Lillith June 3, 2009 Reply

    Well there goes the diet. I am drooling as i type. I think you are amazing!

  91. jennifer June 3, 2009 Reply

    kayla, it is more the consistency of cookie dough than cookies.

  92. Souf June 12, 2009 Reply

    I made these today. Didn’t turn out like pictured. The cookie dough part was not doughy, more crumb-like. It only became crumbly after i put the flour. I’ll make it again, but ill modify it so it’ll be pieces of dough and ill make more cheesecake filling (it was too subtle for my taste). Nonetheless, it still came out tasting good. Also it was very rich and sweet even without the chocolate drizzle on top.
    Even with the setbacks, you still can’t go wrong with chocolate. Thanks for the recipe!

  93. Sam June 28, 2009 Reply

    I made these and they were great! I did a shortcut and used store bought cookie dough, and it was pretty good. I am sure the homemade dough would have been better, but it saved me some time. My family gobbled them up in 2 days. I will definitely make this again.

  94. veronica acevedo July 4, 2009 Reply

    love cooki dough cheesecake bars

  95. Whitney August 7, 2009 Reply

    I made these for my coworkers and they absolutely loved them! It was rich, yet refreshing, and the perfect dessert! Thank you for all of the time and energy you put into this amazing blog… You do a fantastic job!

  96. Erin M August 21, 2009 Reply

    These look so ooey and chewy
    straight right out of the oven!

    i want.

  97. Polprav October 16, 2009 Reply

    Hello from Russia!
    Can I quote a post in your blog with the link to you?

  98. join xowii November 21, 2009 Reply

    I made these and they were great! I did a shortcut and used store bought cookie dough, and it was pretty good. I am sure the homemade dough would have been better, but it saved me some time. My family gobbled them up in 2 days. I will definitely make this again.

  99. LouLou January 12, 2010 Reply

    As soon as I saw the recipe, I could not wait too long until I tested it. I made it today and when my guy came home for lunch, he asked me “Hon, is there any cake?” which I denied but he knew right away I was lying because he bursted out “But the whole kitchen smells of chocolate!” so he proceeded to the balcony and found the cake. I barely had time to cool it befor we dug in. Fantastic! Easy to make, yet delicious. One of my favourite recipes lately! Thanks!!!!

  100. zahra January 28, 2010 Reply

    That looks amazing.
    im inlovee

  101. lily nike February 26, 2010 Reply

    it looks like very dilicious, i can’t wait to taste it right now.

  102. Mandy September 11, 2010 Reply

    I just came across your blog and am so impressed. There hasn’t been one recipe I have seen that I haven’t wanted to make right away! These BY FAR rank #1. I will be making them VERY soon…thanks for sharing!

  103. fay September 23, 2010 Reply

    i made the cookie dough but used it in a diffrecipe. i was making cookie dough cheesecake and couldnt find any ready made cookie dough at the supermarket so i thought id use this recipe. mine turned out good but nothing like the picture. in the picture it looks soft but mine turned out too chewy and hard. is it possibly from too much sugar? or maybe cuz i baked it for 1 whole hour?? i baked it for 1 hour because it was runny and watery after half and hour and so i let it for another 30. someone plzzz help me bcuz now i wanna bake these bars but i want them to turn out good. thnxx!

    • jennifer September 24, 2010 Reply

      Fay, my guess is the bars were over baked. As for them being runny after 30 minutes, have you checked your oven temperature? You can get an inexpensive oven thermometer to put inside your oven to verify the temperature. I highly recommend that everyone do that. Then, you can adjust your oven’s temperature settings.

  104. Errin November 11, 2010 Reply

    I may have started drooling just at the sight of this. Naturally I had to make it in order to satisfy the taste buds and it was a success! Definitely making it again in the future.

  105. Autumn February 4, 2011 Reply

    My friend loves chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, i wanted to get her a cccd cheese cake…super pricey. i found this recipe and they were a huge HIT! my kids don’t ‘like’ cheese cake, haha…but i didn’t tell them they were cheese cake bars, i just said they were cookie dough bars…these are BLISSFULLY SINFUL! Thanks.

  106. Jennifer March 18, 2011 Reply

    Hi there, I just wanted to tell you that I love your blog! I love this recipe as well. I posted it on my blog, linked straight to yours, your site, and the cookbook it came from. I hope this is alright! Although I’m a relatively seasoned blogger, I’m new to the food blogging world! All the best,


  107. David Head February 11, 2012 Reply

    I must say that your recipes are fantastic,the choices and the range of products are so nice and yummy looking .Will be trying some of them fore sure.
    Kind Regards

  108. chaude amatrice May 17, 2014 Reply

    J’ai comme l’impression que ce post va aller sur un site web perso

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