Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

These are the ultimate indulgence. What could be better than cheesecake with a chocolate chip and graham cracker base topped chocolate chip cookie dough? Maybe cheesecake with a brownie base topped with cookie dough? Hmm I'll have to think on that one.

Everyone enjoyed this combination and it's a great alternative when you need to bring a dessert dish... or just need something delicious to snack on. Recipe from Beantown Baker.

1.5 cups graham cracker crumbs
5 tbsp butter, melted
2/3 cup mini chocolate chips

10 oz cream cheese, room temp.
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

Cookie Dough
5 tbsp butter, room temp
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp coarse salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour
1 cup chocolate chips (I added a 1/2 cup more)

For the crust: Preheat oven to 325ยบ. Grease an 8x8 pan with butter, line pan with parchment paper and butter the paper. Combine crumbs and butter and stir until crumbs are moistened. Stir in chocolate chips. Press crust mixture into bottom of the pan. Bake for 6 minutes. Set pan on wire rack to cool.

For cheesecake: Using mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add egg and vanilla extract, beating until just blended. Pour batter into cooled, baked crust.

For cookie dough: Using mixer and paddle attachment, mix butter, brown sugar, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract at medium speed until smooth. Adjust mixer speed to low and add flour. Mix until incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop cookie dough by teaspoons over the top of the filling.

Bake about 30 minutes or until set. Transfer to wire rack to cool. Place in refrigerator to chill. Enjoy!

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