Teresa’s Bake Shop – Christmas Cookie Extravaganza – 2012
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars are to die for! 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 cheesecake filling, finally, then 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.
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 11″x17″ jelly roll pan that I spray with cooking spray. They come out perfectly every time.
When I initially posted this recipe in December 2012 for our Christmas Cookie Extravaganza, I was still using an iPhone 3 camera so my pictures were not as clear as I would have preferred.
I’ve been systematically remaking all those first year blog recipes to get better pictures and this one came up for remake in February 2016. These brownies are so delicious I hope you’ll give them a try.
Okay, be prepared to drool over these wonderful Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars. This is a great dessert for holiday entertaining or any time of the year you want to satisfy your chocolate cravings.
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! 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 what I did.
I used these ingredients for the cookie dough layer.
To make the cookie dough: Soften butter. Add sugar, brown sugar, eggs, salt, baking soda and vanilla.
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.
Spray an 11″x17″ baking sheet with cooking spray. Press 1/2 to 2/3 of the cookie dough into the cookie sheet.
I used these ingredients for the cream cheese layer.
To Make the Filling: soften cream cheese. Add eggs, vanilla and sugar.
Mix with an electric mixer until no longer lumpy.
Spread cream cheese layer over top of cookie dough layer.
Sprinkle remaining cookie dough over top of the cream cheese layer. Sprinkle with extra chocolate chips, if desired.
Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. It tested done with a toothpick. No batter remained on the toothpick after checking. Cut into 48 bars = 6 rows of 8 bars.
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.
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!!!!
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)
- [b]COOKIE DOUGH LAYER:[/b][br]
- 1 cup Land O’ Lakes unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons McCormick vanilla extract
- 3 ½ cups Gold Medal UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 12-oz. bags semisweet chocolate chips[br]
- [b]CHEESECAKE LAYER:[/b][br]
- 2 8-oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. McCormick’s pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup sugar
- 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 and 1 ½ bags chocolate chips with a wooden spoon.
- Press ½ to 2/3 of the dough into an 11”x17” jelly roll pan that’s been sprayed with cooking spray.
- Cover with cheesecake filling.
- Crumble remaining cookie dough over top of cheesecake layer.
- Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips over top.
- Bake 35-40 minutes at 350° or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.[br]
- Soften cream cheese.
- Mix ingredients in a mixing bowl until no lumps remain.
- Spread over top of cookie dough crust.
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.
Break your traditional holiday mold and try out this fabulous recipe.