Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

I have made these a few times and each time they were gone so quickly I wasn't able to get a picture of them so it took a while before I could publish this post. I have a huge sweet tooth and normally not a cheesecake fan but these changed that. They are a huge hit with the creamy cheesecake middle, graham cracker crust and who doesn't love chocolate chip cookie dough on top! As hard as it might be, let them cool and store in the refrigerator to harden up for the best results. I promise, they will be a huge success for dessert or any party. Just writing about it and looking at the pictures has me drooling and wanting to make them again.

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars
Yield 12 squares

For the 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
1 cup chocolate chips

For the cheesecake Filling:
10 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Line an 8 inch 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. Do not turn your oven off.

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.

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. Using your hand to form clumps. Flatten the clumps of dough in your palms to flatten them out a bit. Distribute the cookie dough onto the top of the cheesecake batter. Be sure to use all of the dough. You will cover most of the cheesecake batter.

5. Bake for about 30-40 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.

6. Lift the bars out by the overhang; slice into desired size and store in the refrigerator. Serve cold or at room temperature

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