Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

Do you ever find yourself wavering when faced with a choice of desserts? Do I want cookies? Do I want cheesecake? With this dessert, you can have both.

Rather than a traditional graham cracker crust, I decided to up the chocolate chip ante and make a chocolate chip cookie crust. So, underneath all that cheesecake goodness, there’s a big, thick layer of chocolate chip cookie.

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And, for good measure, the cheesecake is topped off with a little extra cookie dough. I know, right? What’s not to love about these?

This is the kind of dessert you can use to make new friends. Or make current friends even better friends. If you decide not to share, just don’t tell anyone about them and keep the friends you have.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 16 2-inch bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients

    For the crust:
  • 1 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • For the filling:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

To make the crust:

Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking pan. Line with parchment paper or aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on two opposite sides. Lightly grease lining.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, and mix well.

Reduce mixer speed to low, and gradually add flour mixture. Mix just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Reserve about 1/2 cup of crust mixture. Press remaining crust mixture evenly into bottom of prepared pan.

To make the filling:

Beat cream cheese and sugar with an electric mixer until well-blended. Mix in egg and vanilla, beating until smooth.

Pour filling on top of crust and spread evenly. Drop reserved crust mixture over the top of the filling.

Bake 35-40 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned and center is set.

Cool completely in pan. Then, using the overhanging liner, lift bars out of pan onto a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut into bars.

Store tightly covered in your refrigerator.

Notes

If you are feeding a crowd, this recipe is easily doubled to be baked in a 9”x 13”x 2” pan.

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17 Comments

  1. Katherine March 6, 2013 Reply

    Holy cow! That must be an explosion of texture and flavor. I’m going hiking in a couple of weeks, and it would serve me well to learn how to make these. I daresay that just one of them contains enough of the good stuff to keep me moving for a few more miles.

  2. Stephanie March 6, 2013 Reply

    Putting them on a chocolate chip cookie bar is genius!

  3. I’ve been wanting to try this dessert combination for forever! Chocolate chip cookies basically meld well with anything!

  4. Wow, these bars are gorgeous. I often can’t decide on one dessert, so when I have one of those times, this will be an option! I’m all for going over the top for dessert when it looks like this!

  5. Wow these look DELISH! Chocolate cookies and cheesecakes … two of my favorite things … great idea to combine them. I will definitely be giving this recipe a try.

  6. Tracy {pale yellow} March 6, 2013 Reply

    I love the pieces of cookie dough speckled on top. What a creative cheesecake, I can’t wait to try!

  7. These look awesome! Gotta love anything chocolate chip and cheesecake!

  8. Kathy March 7, 2013 Reply

    Oh wow! I love any type of cookie bar and these look delicious!

  9. Wendy March 8, 2013 Reply

    I know that most people will say that chocolate makes everything better (and these do have chocolate) but I think cheese cake makes everything better! Happily, these have something for everyone!

  10. bob March 10, 2013 Reply

    I made these tonight and they hadn’t even cooled down and the sweet tooth vultures were cutting into them. I doubled the recipe and it was perfect for a 9″x13″ pan.

    Now that the bars have cooled down, their flavor is even better. This recipe is definitely a keeper. Thank you for the recipe Jennifer.

  11. Mmm yum, these sound so good!

  12. Jenny @ BAKE March 12, 2013 Reply

    what a brilliant amalgamation of treats!

  13. Allie B March 16, 2013 Reply

    These sounded so good. In reality they are hideous. They are so sweet I threw the whole thing out. Awful, awful. I am a bsker with 50 years of experience and these are simply terrible. In and of themselves and not because I did anything wrong.

  14. Faye March 22, 2013 Reply

    This cheesecake recipe looks wonderful!

  15. Cindy March 22, 2013 Reply

    I made this recipe for my non-profit organizations last meeting and they were a huge hit! I even had some of the women asking me if they could take some home to their spouses! Thank you for providing such great things to make!

  16. Jennifer June 3, 2013 Reply

    These are awesome, we make them all the time, My kids gobble them right up, cookies and cheesecake how can you possibly go wrong!!!Thanks for sharing your recipe. It would be hard to believe that someone wouldn’t like them.

  17. Karen May 2, 2014 Reply

    This sounds positively delicious & evil. I’m looking forward to making it for my family this weekend. I’m sure we’ll all be thanking you. :)

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