A few weeks ago we met up with friends at the Cheesecake Factory to celebrate me turning the big 25. All I wanted for my birthday dinner was cookie dough cheesecake. I am head over heels in love with the combination. So when I found these cookie dough cheesecake bars I knew I would be making them immediately. These are SO good. I could have eaten the entire pan myself.
Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
5 Tbsp. butter, melted
5 Tbsp. butter, softened
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup flour
1 cup chocolate chips
10 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 325. Spray 8x8 pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Combine graham cracker crumbs with melted butter. Firmly press the mixture into the bottom of the pan. Place into the oven and bake for 6 minutes. Remove pan and set aside to cook. Keep oven on.
While the crust is cooling, prepare the cookie dough. Beat the butter, brown sugar, white sugar,salt and vanilla together until creamy and smooth. Add the flour to the butter mixture until just combined then add the chocolate chips and mix. Set aside.
For the cheesecake filling place the cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla together into a bowl and beat until creamy and smooth. Carefully spread the cheesecake batter onto prepared crust.
Using your hand to form clumps sprinkle the cookie dough evenly in clumps on top of the cheesecake batter.
Place into the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until the cookie dough top feels dry and firm. Move bars to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely. Store in refrigerator for at least 4 hours. (Best if kept in fridge over night). Serve.