Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

Love touches our lives in many ways.
When I was young I was in “love” many times.  Actually, I don’t know if it was love, but it was definitely “?”.
I ?’d many people.
Back then juvenile correspondence came in the form of the “note”.
Usually folded in crazy ways, with a box to check on the inside.  These days the note is extinct.  The text, tweet and email has taken it’s place.  It’s sort of sad if you think about it because if the note was special enough you would save it ~ not in your “inbox”, but in a secret place in your bedroom.  You could pull that note out, hold it, read and reread it for months to come.  Yes, that was me at 12, tattered note in hand, listening to “You’re the Inspiration” by Chicago on my tape deck, wondering if ever there had been a more perfect song written…it was to be mine and note-boy’s wedding song.
12 year old girls are dramatic…true story.
It’s so funny how we seem to remember a lot of the people we ?’d growing up.  Whether the feeling was mutual or not. To be honest, I ?’d people I didn’t even KNOW.
Let’s see, I was in “love” with New Kids on the Block ~ specifically “Joey”, Kirk Cameron, and embarrassingly enough Corey Haim.  My judgement was skewed by the glossy pages of Teen Bop.
I was quite certain Corey and I would run away together at some point in my life.  Let’s just say that I dodged a bullet on that one!
It’s hilarious to think back on how my heart was broken in middle school by a boy that I never even spoke to.  How does that happen?
The funny thing is now, with the help of facebook, you can see so many of your childhood crushes and think about how bad it sucks for them to have peaked in the 7th grade 😉  It’s like a high school reunion that you don’t have to lose weight for…you can just sit down at your computer and look and laugh.
My 1st grader has a “girlfriend”.  I asked him whether or not she KNEW she was his girlfriend and he said, “I think so, but I’m not sure”.  Glad to see the apple hasn’t fallen far.
As you grow up you realize that a smile in algebra does not a relationship make…and the word “love” is reserved for only the most special of people: Spouse, children, family, bestest friends…pets.
With that said, though, ? still lives on.
I ? manicures, cozy sweats, NY, reality TV…
you know what, I still ? New Kids…or as they are known today, NKOTB.
I ? the old picture of me in my Mork suspenders that I d in the 3rd grade.
Food-wise, there are 2 things that I really ?…
Cookie Dough and Cheesecake.
But put them together and I ?  ? them.
Yes, the double ?.
Eat YOUR heart out Corey Haim.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake bars
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars


Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 5 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cookie Dough:

  • 5 tablespoons butter~room temperature
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup AP flour
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Cheesecake Filling:

  • 10 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping:

  • 1/3 cup semi sweet chips
  • 1/2 Tbsp butter

Instructions

Crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°.
  2. Spray a 9×9 square baking pan with cooking spray (or use butter). Line pan with parchment paper, leaving enough to extend over the sides. Spray or butter the parchment paper.
  3. Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter until crumbs are moistened. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Press crust mixture into bottom of pan and 1 inch up sides. Bake for 6 minutes. Set pan on wire rack to cool.

Cookie dough:

  1. Using mixer, mix butter, brown sugar, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract at medium speed until smooth. Adjust mixer speed to low and add flour. Mix just until incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips. Set aside.

Cheesecake/filling:

  1. Using mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add egg and vanilla extract, beating just until blended.
  2. Pour batter into cooled, baked crust. Drop cookie dough by teaspoonfuls over the top of the filling.
  3. Bake about 30 minutes, or until set. Transfer to wire rack.

Topping:

  1. For chocolate topping, melt 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips in the microwave. Add about 1/2 tablespoon of butter to make chocolate smooth.
  2. Using a ziplock bag with corner cut off, drizzle chocolate on bars.
  3. Cool bars in pan completely, about an hour. Or refrigerate, 1/2 hour.
  4. Using the edges of the parchment paper, lift the bars from the pan.
  5. Cut into bars and serve.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Jannett
June 12, 2011 2:47 pm

oh my …. what can anyone one say but… more please… ;o)

jen @ one curly fry
June 6, 2011 7:21 pm

These look absolutely amazing! I'm afraid I'd eat them all…

Tamara
May 10, 2011 5:51 am

You rock my world! You are a women after my own heart love the blog and the recipes. This sound even better than my favourite cookie dough cheesecake blizzard! I truly <3 you!

cailen ascher
March 4, 2011 8:32 pm

ummm, wow. this looks life-changing. i'm a salivating.

Maddie Mae
August 16, 2010 4:38 am

This recipe had me and everyone else within my entire apartment complex wanting more. Perfect recipe! My boyfriend was legitimately UPSET when it was all gone!

Rhonda
June 22, 2010 11:57 pm

I must try this. Wow!!

Cookie Sleuth
April 11, 2010 6:19 am

I'm drooling! These look so good!

Malorie
March 26, 2010 5:54 pm

I made these last week to include in my easter baskets, and they were fabulous! Gave you a shout out on my blog!

http://cocktailsandcashmere.blogspot.com/

Thanks for sharing your recipe!

sanjeet
March 16, 2010 9:22 pm

It is funny to look back on things! Have to SO try these!
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kuriouskitteh
March 4, 2010 3:13 pm

I <3 reading your blog. You're so funny and true. I have to agree, while the snail mail people here seem to be out to get me, I do <3 the note, and the letter and face-to-face conversation. Even though I suck at it sometimes, I'll even add the phone call to that list.
I also <3 the idea of cookie dough + cheesecake. Um, yum!
Nice post!

Sullygirl2001
March 2, 2010 7:25 pm

I made this last night and it turned out GREAT!!! I didn't use the chocolate drizzle on top, because I felt I may already go into sugar shock, let alone what it would do to my boys…so I left it off.
My husband and son BOTH agreed it was the BEST DESSERT EVER!
Thank you…now off to try the melt aways!

Sara Tea
February 23, 2010 5:38 am

such a cute (and deadly) post! i cannot get over how delicious that looks. cookie dough and cheesecake? yes and yes!

Loren Ebert
February 22, 2010 9:06 pm

Oh wow. These look incredible! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!!

Louanne
February 22, 2010 4:30 pm

Man oh man, I'm drooling. These look beyond yummy. Actually, everything here looks beyond yummy!
Thanks for stopping by my blog – yours is my 1st comment!

Hoosier Homemade
February 22, 2010 2:48 pm

Love your blog! I found you thru Gourmet Mom! I'll be looking around a little more.
I host Cupcake Tuesday on my blog, and I'm having a Cupcake Cookbook giveaway tomorrow, if you are interested.
~Liz

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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