Teresa’s Bake Shop – Christmas Cookie edition – 2012
Okay, are you looking for a fabulous, heavenly, decadent, spectacular dessert for the holidays? Look no farther than these amazing Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars. Once you sink your teeth into these fabulous bars or blondies you won’t be able to get enough of them. You’ve heard of Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies? Well this recipe is similar except it’s made with chocolate chip cookie dough, then it has a luscious cream cheese filling, finally, it’s topped with more amazing chocolate chip cookie dough. It is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!
I got this recipe years ago (early 1980s) from my greatest recipe provider, Mimi Pownall. I’m not sure Mimi even had a name for it other than chocolate chip cookie dessert or something like that. The original recipe calls for you to use pre-made chocolate chip cookie dough which would make this recipe incredibly easy. And if you need easy that’s the way I recommend you make this recipe.
But since I like my own chocolate chip cookie recipes better than store-bought dough I always make a batch of my own chocolate chip cookie dough for this dessert. Yes, it’s a little more work but so worth it. For this recipe I used the cookie dough from Best Chocolate Chip Cookies, but I usually use my regular Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe which is also fabulous. Either will work fine here.
If it’s time for you to break out of a predictable holiday baking mode, why not give these delectable treats a try. The wonderful thing about this recipe is you can improvise so easily. Get two rolls of any flavor cookie dough you like (or make up a batch of your favorite cookies — ANY KIND! and then add this delicious cream cheese filling and top with the same cookie dough you started with. You can’t go wrong!
If you use store bought cookie dough this will fit in a 9×13″ pan. For my cookie doughs the amounts are larger so I bake this in a 10×15″ jelly roll pan that I spray with Bakers Joy cooking spray. They come out perfectly every time.
Okay, be prepared to drool over these wonderful cheesecake bars.
What do you think of these beautiful Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars? Luscious looking aren’t they?
Break out of your holiday baking rut and try something different and spectacular!
Here’s a cookie tin of these great dessert bars. Take a tray of these out to your workplace and everyone will be begging you for the recipe.
These are incredibly easy if you use store bought cookie dough, and even if you don’t the extra work is so worth it. They taste incredible.
Here’s a good look at the texture.
Don’t these bars make your mouth water?
Great dessert for holiday entertaining.
Here’s what I did.
To make the cookie dough: Soften butter.
Add brown sugar.
Add baking soda and salt.
Mix all the ingredients together with an electric mixer until smooth.
Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens cookies, cakes, pies, and any baked item.
Add chocolate chips.
Stir flour and chocolate chips into the dough with a wooden spoon. An electric mixer will toughen the cookies.
Heavily spray a 10×15″ jelly roll pan with Bakers Joy cooking spray.
Place half of the cookie dough into the jelly roll pan and press down to cover the entire surface. I had to use a little flour to keep the dough from sticking to my hands.
Here I’ve pressed half of the dough into the pan.
To Make the Filling: soften cream cheese.
Mix with an electric mixer until no longer lumpy.
Spread cream cheese layer over top of cookie dough layer.
Here I’ve spread the cream cheese mixture over the chocolate chip cookie dough layer.
I was trying to get rid of this extra cookie dough icing I used in the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Whoopie Pies I made earlier in the week. So I used all of this and part of the remainder of the cookie dough from the recipe for Best Chocolate Chip Cookies. Otherwise, I would have just sprinkled the top with the remaining cookie dough from the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie dough I had just made.
Sprinkle remaining cookie dough over top of the cream cheese layer.
I baked this at 350 for 40 minutes. It tested done with a toothpick. No batter remained on the toothpick after checking.
Here’s a look at Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars after baking.
I cut this pan into 48 bars = 6 rows of 8 bars.
Here are a few left on the pan.
You wouldn’t believe how wonderful these smelled when I was baking them and cutting them into bars yesterday. My house was filled with the fragrance of sugar and chocolate. Wow! It was amazing.
Don’t you just want to taste these rich, decadent cheesecake bars right now?
What else can you say, but yum, yum?
You take these delicious cheesecake bars to parties and everyone will rave over them. They are amazing.
Chocolate chips, cream cheese, cookie dough–what’s not to like in these fabulous dessert bars?
I had to get these out of my house fast because I felt like I was going into a sugar coma just by smelling them!!!!
Tempting, aren’t they?
Here’s the recipe.
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH CHEESECAKE BARS
(Recipe from Mimi Pownall, when we attended First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, Largo, FL)
2 tubes refrigerated Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Cookie dough (Mimi and I both use homemade chocolate chip cookie dough–recipe follows)
2 8-oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup sugar
Grease 9×13” baking pan. Slice 1 roll of cookie dough and lay in pan (or put half of a homemade cookie recipe in bottom of pan). Sprinkle with a little flour (to avoid sticky hands) and press together. Mix cream cheese, eggs, vanilla, and sugar and pour over cookie dough. Slice second roll of dough and lay on top (or crumble homemade cookie dough over top). Bake about 40 minutes at 350°. Serves about 2 dozen. Yummy!
NOTE: When using homemade cookie dough (see recipe below) follow these directions: Spray 10×15″ jelly roll pan with Baker’s Joy cooking spray. Spread half of the cookie dough in bottom of pan. Press down well. You may have to sprinkle the dough with a little flour so it doesn’t stick to your hands. Mix cream cheese, eggs, vanilla, and sugar with an electric mixer. Pour over top of the cookie dough in jelly roll pan. Spread to the edges. Crumble the remaining dough as evenly as possible over the cream cheese layer. Depending on how much dough you have will depend on how much coverage you get over the top. Bake about 40 minutes at 350. Test with a toothpick for doneness. Serves 4 dozen.
NOTE: Consider trying the creamcheese layer of this recipe with other cookie doughs like Sugar Cookie, Snickerdoodle, Ginger or Molasses Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin, Red Velvet, White Chocolate and Cranberry, Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip, Peanut Butter, or any cookie you want to give a little extra oomph to. Yum, yum!
HEATHER’S BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 ½ cups UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons hot water (I omitted this)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (I omitted this)
Preheat oven to 350°. Cream together the butter, white sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, salt and baking soda with an electric mixer. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts (if desired) with a wooden spoon. Roll into balls and place on cookie sheets that have been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 10-12 minutes at 350 or until done.
NOTE: The original recipe called for the baking soda to be dissolved in the hot water. You can do this if you desire and add it in with the ingredients you cream with an electric mixer.
These delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars are great for cookie exchanges or to pass out as gifts to teachers, mail men, newspaper delivery folks, neighbors, coworkers, or even family and friends. Everyone loves these magnificent dessert bars.
Better get one quickly before they are all gone!
Alas, John took these and all our leftover cookies (12 trays laden with cookies) out to his office today, so we are cleaned out completely!
I suppose I should have saved one for you!
Break your traditional holiday mold and try out this fabulous recipe.
Now that I’ve activated your salivary glands……have a bite!
You may also like these fabulous dessert bars:
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (spoonful.com)
- David Lebovitz Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe | Babble (babble.com)
- Sparky Cookies (spoonful.com)
- Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Squares (spoonful.com)
- Mini Cheesecakes to Invite to Your Holiday Party (nestleusa.wordpress.com)
- Bailey’s Chocolate-Chip Cheesecake (katieatthekitchendoor.com)
- White Chocolate Candy Cane Cheesecake (foodiefriendsfridaydailydish.com)
- Mini lemon-y cheesecakes (quaymorris.com)