Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars.

 

You may have noticed that I’m not huge on desserts (in fact this may be a first post!).  Anyone who knows me well will tell you that I am just not interested for the most part…but cheesecake is a weakness.  I rarely indulge but every now and then I’m really in the mood…and this was an easy (and delicious) treat.  Thanks to http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/cookie-dough-cheesecake-bars-recipe/ for the idea!

Ingredients:

  • crust
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • dough
  • 5 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • filling
  • 10 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • Line an 8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper or foil (allowing some overhang) and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Mix melted butter and graham cracker crumbs until thoroughly combined.
  • Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 6 minutes.
  • Remove to a cooling rack, leaving oven on.
  • Combine all ingredients for dough except flour and chocolate chips with an electric mixer.
  • Add flour slowly, then chocolate chips.
  • In a separate bowl, blend cream cheese and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Add egg and vanilla; mix until just incorporated.
  • Pour filling into the prepared graham cracker crust.
  • Flatten clumps of cookie dough in your hand and place on top of the filling to cover.
  • Bake about 30 minutes, until entire pan is set.
  • Allow to cool completely.
  • Lift bars out by the overhang, slice into pieces, and store in the refrigerator.

Notes:

  • This really was delicious.  There wasn’t much that could go wrong tastewise.
  • I am, however, convinced that there should be an egg in the cookie dough part of the mixture.  When I made this according to the instructions, I ended up with a very soft, crumbly, mixture that pretty much looked the same coming out of the oven as it did going in.  Again – didn’t taste bad – but the pictures from the original recipe show something that much more closely resembled a cookie on the top than mine did.  I actually had a hard time forming the dough clumps and got irritated and just dumped the whole thing on top of the cheesecake filling!  I will try the egg next time to see if it makes a difference.
  • Very very yummy, and I would be willing to bet that putting a finished piece in the microwave for a few seconds would really be amazing…..
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