Sugar Cookie Cheesecake Bars

We are smack dab in the middle of Spring Break up here in NJ.

Which means my kids are hanging around, asking to be fed, wanting to do crafts and making unnecessary messes all around.

 

Sometimes I am a good mom and I take them out to lunch and then to Target where I desperately try to buy their love and affection with video games and candy.  I mean, I’ve heard that works.

MY OTHER RECIPES

But other days I tell them to go outside, use their imagination and DON’T COME BACK INSIDE 5 MINUTES LATER!

 

My mom used to straight up lock the door so my brother and I couldn’t come inside.  She would only unlock for restroom breaks or bloodshed.  It’s true.

I never truly understood why she did that until now.  I just assumed she was inside taking long, luxurious baths, eating all the Little Debbie Snacks in the house and painting her nails.  It never occurred to me that she was doing laundry or vacuuming.

It’s also possible she was trying to save our collective brains from becoming mush.  We were total TV-aholics.  We would sit at home and watch the same 3 movies on VHS tapes that we recorded off HBO.  Anything to avoid fresh air.

Our go-to flicks were: Grease, Rocky 4 and American Anthem.  I wish I were lying to you.

I still, to this day, can recite every word spoken in Rocky 4.  AND it’s also just a weensy-bit possible that my brother and I would tag-team the songs in Grease.   I am 4 years older than my bro, so I had power over him.  I am sure he’s less than thrilled at me revealing these little nuggets on the world-wide-web.  Sorry dude.

So yeah, she was probably so sick of hearing Summer Lovin’ sang at the top of our lungs and the Rocky 4 work-out montage reenacted that her final straw was kicking us out. I guess I kinda get it.  Man, the clarity you get as an almost-adult.

And 5 points to ya if you even REMEMBER American Anthem.

 

So yeah.  Spring Break 2012.  Target trips, Applebee’s and locking my kids outside.  Mom of the year up in herrr.

 

Also, I try to load my kids up with as many saturated fats as possible.  I mean, don’t you?

Enter Sugar Cookie Cheesecake Bars.

Ok, I am totally lying, my kids won’t go near cheesecake.  They have much to learn.

 

These bars are really easy, totally delicious and will feed loads of saturated-fats-loving people.

Start with a package of dry sugar cookie mix, some French Vanilla Pudding, brown sugar, melted butter, vanilla and an egg…

Mix it together.  Don’t be afraid to get dirty…

Then press it into a greased pan…

Now mix up your cream cheesey filling…

and spread it on top of your cookie crust.

Bake it for about 30 minutes.

Now.  If you’re feeling fancy you can top your cheesecake bars with toffee.  You don’t have to.  You might WANT to, but you definitely don’t have to if toffee isn’t your thang.

I’m thinking next time I’m going to drizzle some salted caramel all over instead.  Oooh, lightbulb moment!

But if you’re going the toffee route, take 2/3 cup of toffee bits and pulverize the heck out of them in your blender or food processor until they’re almost a dust…

As soon as your bars come out of the oven sprinkle the toffee dust all over the top.

There you go!  Let it chill up.  I made mine a day ahead, which is a great time-saver!

Then cut into squares and enjoy!

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Sugar Cookie Cheesecake Bars

  • Author: Cookies & Cups

Ingredients

  • 1 (17.5 oz) pouch sugar cookie mix
  • 1 (4 serving size) box French Vanilla Instant Pudding
  • 2 Tbsp packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted (1 stick)
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • 2 whole eggs + 3 egg yolks
  • 2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • *optional ~ 2/3 cup toffee bits, pulverized in blender or food processor

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl mix cookie mix, pudding mix, brown sugar, melted butter, 1 tsp vanilla and 1 whole egg with a spoon…when dough started coming together I used my hands to knead it.
  4. Press the cookie dough into the bottom and slightly up the sides of the prepared pan.
  5. In a large bowl, using hand or stand mixer, beat cream cheese, granulated sugar, sour cream, the remaining whole egg and three yolks and 2 tsp vanilla until smooth and creamy.
  6. Spread the cream cheese mixture over top the cookie base.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes until center is set.
  8. While bars are baking pulverize your toffee bits in blender or food processor.
  9. Sprinkle on bars immediately upon removing from oven.
  10. Let cool on wire rack 30-45 minutes and then cover and transfer to refrigerator to continue cooling for at least 3 hours or overnight.

Notes

Store in refrigerator.
recipe adapted from All Recipes

 

60 Responses

  1. I can eat the whole pan right now. Go ahead and try me! But you have to make it for me first 🙂 Enjoy your spring bread! I just visited Jersey for the first time last week. If you count spending the night in a hotel and driving through to NYC, oh and stopping at Carlo’s Bakery a visit…then I totally visited!

  2. Michele B

    You are killing me!…between your last recipe and this recipe I want to abandon my diet shakes and healthy choice meals and bake both of this recipes and eat them all by myself(because I have no self control, hence why I am on a diet) while feeling ashamed, gulity, and self loathing! Seriously I need to stay away from your sight for awhile because I can’t handle anymore of this yummy goodness!

  3. Oh WOW! These look amazing! Trying them this weekend. And American Anthem! I was such a HUGE Mitch Gaylord fan. Whatever happened to that guy? Thanks for the cute blog and awesome ideas.

  4. I’m in jersey too but spring break is next week. Kinda dreading it! Yeah grease and gettin locked outside. Sounds all too familiar (but our other goto movies, clash of the titans and Somewhere in time-uh yeah!!)

  5. I made snickerdoodle cookie bars in advance of valentines day. They were an adaptation of the popular sugar cookie bars (I think you’ve made them, I know lori/recipegirl, katrinaskitchen, and many others have them on their sites) but they were just cookie bars + frosting.

    These with the cream cheese and the pudding mix…omg I WANT!!!

  6. LOL I am just getting to the point of allowing my kid out of the house to go down to the park, omg I love the quiet. I wonder how I will feel when he won’t talk to me as a teenager, it will be weird. But a good weird. And I need these bars, omg they look amazing!

  7. Jen B

    I may have actually shouted out loud – Oh My God, I LOOOOVE American Anthem. Followed by – dude, your cooking ideas are brilliant!

  8. That’s the one bad think about having an only child. If I lock him outside, he’ll just sit there and mess with rocks until he manages to fashion them into some type of video game.

    I really should have planned better.

  9. You’re so darn creative. Loving the sugar cookies with the cheesecake. What a fantastic idea and a delicious one at that! Two bites of heaven combined.

    We don’t have Spring break this side of the pond. I’m assuming it’s the same as what we have. Easter holidays we call it here or mid-term break, or whatever it is, it’s where our kids are off for 2 full weeks and pester us silly with requests to do stuff as they’re ‘bored’.

  10. Oh yea, these are some good looking bars. I’m trying real hard not to crave one.

    I’ve started kicking my kids out to the backyard lately, I totally get it. And the buying stuff at target? Get that too.

  11. Will you please be my new best friend… So you can make these for me? And so you can make me laugh? Because you’re freaking hilarious. And these look phenomenal!

  12. Heather

    OMG, I loved American Anthem – lol! Mitch Gaylord looked SO hot in that movie! Thanks for sharing the recipe too, these look super easy and delicious, I can’t wait to try them!!!

  13. Shannon

    These are actually a Betty Crocker recipe. They are called Creme Brulee Cheesecake Bars. I substituted a box of cheesecake pudding for the french vanilla and I found that the bottom layer was entirely too thick. I only put a litte more then half on the bottom and didn’t put any up the sides. Worked like a charm and got tons of compliments from my ladies bunco group.

  14. HomeschoolMama78

    I was so excited to try these, until I saw the crust uses packaged cookie mix and pudding. I don’t bake or cook with pee-made, processed stuff, so I wonder if I could use my own sugar cookie dough, and leave out the pudding mix?

    1. shelly

      Sure there is no reason you couldn’t use your own cookie dough! The pudding adds some extra flavor and some chewiness, but I don’t think it would make a huge difference to leave it out 🙂

  15. eileensideways

    been looking for recipes that start with the sugar cookie mix. but i am allergic to the toffee bits which have almonds in them. ohhhhhhh. what could i use instead? pretzels?

  16. Suzanne

    Just wanted you to know how much I look forward to all your fun, delicious recipes!! Each day you have a new post up, my day is brighter! Gonna make this tonight for my prayer group. They are going to love it!!
    Suzanne from Nashville 🙂

  17. Georgia

    About the sugar cookie mix – if you look at the ingredients needed to make cookies (including the 2 tablespoons of flour to roll out), it’s the same ingredients you add to cake mix cookies.

    I wonder if there is a baking difference? I wonder which is cheaper – cake mix or cookie mix?

  18. Susanne

    I have been searching for the American Anthem soundtrack on CD for years now…they want $35 for it used on Amazon! These Cheesecake Bars look amazing! Found you through Pinterest!

  19. Teresa

    Oh why oh why did I have to discover your site? I’m destined to be fat forever! Seriously, everything looks so good I’m considering braving the 100 degree heat to go to the store. Or maybe not. Jersey girls are special aren’t we?

  20. Maddie

    I wanted to make these tonight for a friend’s birthday tomorrow- but just realized I don’t have enough eggs. Could I use 3 whole eggs and one egg yolk? What would you suggest?

  21. Sharon Chaffee

    These look amazing and of course I’ll try them….but it begs this question:

    Is there really anything that WOULDN’T be good under cheesecake??

    I think not…..

  22. Beth Wadsworth

    These are unbelievable. I tried your salted caramel idea. At first I thought it was a flop, though I knew it would taste amazing, when it came out of the fridge, it couldn’t not be cut because the caramel became a sheet and lifted off. BUT. About an hour later I returned. The sauce had come to room temp and was easily slice-able. I was explaining the issue with the caramel to a friend as she was shoving it in her mouth. With a full mouth, she exclaimed “Don’t you dare change a thing!!” You always come through. (I used Kraft caramels and 5 T whipping cream and melted. Probably homemade caramel sauce wouldn’t do the same thing. But I will never find out. It was perfect.)

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