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.

 

…and I ? U for actually reading this post 😉
Happy weekend everyone!

57 Responses

  1. kitchen koala

    Yum! Those bars look dangerously delicious! It's sad to see the "note" being replaced by text messages and tweets 🙁 Oh how I long for the pre-Facebook/Twitter/iPhone days of life: when people wrote letters, talked to each other on the phone (with the twisty cord), and had face-to-face, real-life friendships–none of this 1,853 Facebook "friends" nonsense.

  2. Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com}

    so true about young love 🙂 I'm glad I didn't peek in high school, that is only the beginning of life. This recipe is for sure a keeper, I drooling and wishing I had one to bite into right now!

  3. bridget {bake at 350}

    The note! They WERE so fun. Remember finding one in your locker? Yeah…texts are just not the same. Poor teenagers these days! 😉

    And, these bars are going to be my downfall. I can feel it already. 5 pounds, right to the hips and thighs. I wonder if I can make them and HIDE them from my family? 😉

  4. Jenn @ BentoForKidlet

    I think handwritten notes also gave you a moment to think about what you were actually doing. Now kids can text or tweet or whatever instantly before they have considered the potential consequences 🙁 Bring back the notes! 😀

    These look so amazing! I cannot wait to make some! Yummmm

  5. Lauryn

    OMG, I was so in heart with Joey from the New Kids. I had a New Kids calendar and wrote this whole story on it about Joey and I getting married and having 8 kids. My dad found the story I wrote and teased me about it for years! Those bars look like they would be addictive!

  6. Monica H

    Daaang! These look good. If I hadn't just baked something I would make these.

    You are too funny. I love that I can come on here and get a good laugh, learn more about you and your love for NKOTB and get yummy recipes.

    I heart you too. have a good weekend!

  7. SprinkleBakes

    See, this is why I LOVE your posts. I feel like I've known you my whole life. As for NKOTB -lordy. I had it bad for Joey too AND also did a essay on Kirk Cameron (which my teacher did not care for LOL).
    The bars look INCREDIBLE.

  8. a little bit of everything

    This recipe is, in a word, decadent!
    I have two daughters who never got over NKOTB and are still attending their concerts. And they are adults now. But so are the "kids" so why not?
    I have become a follower of your tasty blog and invite you to do the same!
    And I'm adding graham crackers to my shopping list…

  9. Cupcake Activist

    Great post! I'm so glad it's the weekend so I can eat some sweets! (BTW, I'm happy I'm not one of those people who peaked in junior high).

  10. Sue Sparks

    So true and so funny! I have loved cheesecake since I was a little girl, and to add chocolate chip cookie dough…it doesn't get any better than that! 🙂

  11. sarahe

    LOVED this post..and these look amazing. will definitely have to make them!

    (and i still have that box w/all the notes from my youth…sigh…

  12. ReminisceHeirlooms

    You have me giggling- thinking back to all of my mixed tapes! ha. I am soooo going to make these. FUN FUN post. Thanks! 🙂

  13. Ingrid

    AW, we heart (I don't know how to make one of those hearts) back!

    I've seen that cheesecake around and I think yours is just as insanely over the top delicious looking.
    ~ingrid

  14. High Heels and Aprons

    I hearted Kirk Cameron too! I wrote him a letter when I was ten. Good times. Yes, I heart cookie dough and cheesecake as well. Can't wait to try this one!

    Ally @ High Heels & Aprons

  15. Hoosier Homemade

    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

  16. Louanne

    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!

  17. Sullygirl2001

    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!

  18. kuriouskitteh

    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!

  19. Maddie Mae

    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!

  20. Tamara

    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!

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