Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

If you are looking for the dessert that has it all, look no further! :) No need to choose between cookies and cheesecake, with this dessert you can have both!

A buttery graham cracker crust is smeared with a creamy cheesecake layer and topped off with large chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough. 
Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars
With three layers of deliciousness these are sure to be hit at your next summer cookout.


Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

A buttery graham cracker crust is smeared with a creamy cheesecake layer and topped off with large chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough.

Yield: 16 bars

Ingredients:

For the Crust:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough:
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour
1 cup chocolate chips

For the Cheesecake Filling:
10 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325 F. Butter the bottom and sides of an 8-inch baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up the two short sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.
In a large bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Combine the mixture, then turn it out into the prepared pan. Using your hands, press the crust into an even layer on the bottom of the pan. Bake in preheated oven for 6 minutes. Remove pan to a cooling rack. Do not turn your oven off.
While the crust is cooling, prepare the chocolate chip cookie dough. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt and vanilla until smooth, about 1 minute. On low speed, mix in the flour until just incorporated. Mix in the chocolate chips. Set aside.
To make the cheesecake filling, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Mix in the egg and vanilla on low speed just until incorporated. Spread the cheesecake filling into the prepared crust. Using your hand to form clumps, distribute the cookie dough onto the top of the cheesecake batter in teaspoon-sized clumps, using all of the dough. You will cover most of the cheesecake batter.
Bake 28-30 minutes, until the top cookie dough layer feels dry and firm and the entire pan looks set if given a gentle shake. Move bars to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
Lift the bars out by the overhang; slice into desired size and store in the refrigerator. Serve cold or at room temperature.

37 Responses to “Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars”

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — June 8, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    I could go for some of these right now (and yes, I just ate breakfast!)

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    chicaandaluza — June 8, 2011 @ 8:51 am

    Wow – these look amazing! Think my Spanish family would love these!

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    Erin — June 8, 2011 @ 9:13 am

    I took it a step further because I couldn’t decide between cookies, cheesecake, and blueberries! So I mixed them all together and am actually posting it today. Weren’t they delicious!?

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    Lori Lange — June 8, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    These look awesome. I did cookie dough brownies last week and they were a big hit too. I love cheesecake though, so these will have to make an appearance in my kitchen one of these days!

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    Colleen @ Miss Petite Sweets — June 8, 2011 @ 9:57 am

    Hi Christina, I think we use the same template from wordpress and I was wondering how you got it to host javascript. I recently applied to Foodbuzz, but they said I need to format my template so that it can use javascript to host advertising. Do you have any advice? P.s. these cheesecake bars look great!

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    Jasmine — June 8, 2011 @ 10:00 am

    this is a great dessert! i’ve not try it before and is definitely worth trying! (: look so delicious!

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — June 8, 2011 @ 10:39 am

    Wow, your pictures are killing me and I don’t even have a huge sweet tooth.

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    thedrivencook — June 8, 2011 @ 10:59 am

    Oh. My. Goodness! These look amazing. What’s not to love?

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    Kristen@PrettySweet — June 8, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

    Whoa! Those look crazy good! Might be trying that soon…I think I have all of the ingredients…=)

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    Megan — June 8, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    These would most definitely be a hit! They look incredible!

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    Amy — June 8, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    Wowee, these look decadent! What a crazy delicious combo :)

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    Caroline — June 8, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

    What a great combo. Your graham cracker crust looks absolutely perfect. :)

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    Tracey @ Kitchen Playground — June 8, 2011 @ 6:22 pm

    These look fabulous! I’ve done & posted about the brownie/chocolate chip cookie dough combo … but will need to give this combo a try too!!

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    muppy — June 8, 2011 @ 6:40 pm

    I am hoping to try a cookie dough recipe soon, this maybe the one! i love cheesecake :)

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    ryan — June 8, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

    I can’t wait to make these!!! I love anything cookie dough and these look awesome! You make the yummiest desserts on your blog!!

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    megan {a dash of megnut} — June 8, 2011 @ 11:23 pm

    oh wow. i need these in my life

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    Jenny — June 8, 2011 @ 11:57 pm

    Omg these look fantastic!

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    The Teenage Taste — June 9, 2011 @ 6:48 am

    Cookie dough and cheesecake. Together. In one amazing dessert?! Pinch me, I must be dreaming! :-D

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    Angie Walker — June 9, 2011 @ 7:55 am

    Yup, definitely marking these. They would go perfect with my morning coffee…

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    Monica — June 9, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

    I don’t think you can go wrong with this combination. These look mah-velous!

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    brilynn — June 10, 2011 @ 11:55 am

    I just want to make everything you make! Those bars look awesome!

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    Grace@ Food-Fitness-FreshAir — June 14, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

    Oh my god these sound heavenly!

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    Erin — June 16, 2011 @ 2:19 am

    What is a graham cracker? I guess it must be something american. Can I use Marie biscuits instead? That’s what I usually use for crumb bases.

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    Laura Britton — June 27, 2011 @ 11:04 am

    I tried baking these last week, and they were super yummy! The only thing was that the cookie dough didn’t really spread out and make an even layer like yours did… they kind of stayed in the balls so it was more marbley with the cheesecake than layered. Is there something I might have done wrong?

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    Elisabeth — October 8, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    I just put these in the oven. Unfortunately I will have to wait until tonight to try them.

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    Jenny Honaker — March 23, 2012 @ 6:51 am

    This may maybe a silly question. The directions say to use an 8-inch baking dish. Would that be an 8×12, or an 8×8? I would assume the former(?). Thanks! The recipe looks wonderful! Can’t wait to try it. :)

    • Christina replied: — March 27th, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

      Jenny,
      No question is too silly! :) If the directions call for an 8-inch pan, that means an 8×8 inch square pan. Hope this helps. If you give it a try I would love to hear how it turns out for you! :)

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    c marie — May 29, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    was wondering if you purposelly left eggs out of the the cookie dough part?

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    Trina — July 12, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

    I made these yesterday and I believe I have found a slight piece of heaven here on earth. Not only are these easy they taste extremely delicious. The cheesecake part is not to sweet, but it is fluffy and firm (had to put in fridge for it to firm up), the cookie dough part is just delightful.

    • Christina replied: — July 17th, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

      Trina,
      I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed the bars! Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out for you! :)

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    Patti — October 13, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    These are great – my daughter loves making them!

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    Beth — September 1, 2014 @ 9:56 pm

    Yum!! Finally made them!! I did make some changes, my graham crackers were stale even tho they were unopened, so I used Oreo’s. Also on top of the oreo crust I added a layer of milk choc. chips and baked them with the crust. Then added the cream cheese layer , then the cookie dough, I loved them !!! I am a sweet eater and I don’t complain (usually) of being too sweet or too rich! That’s what most sweets are!! These were delish!!! I might cut down on the butter in the crust a tad, just seemed a little greasy, (love butter) maybe cause I used oreo’s (?) Loved the cookie dough, you can eat it raw lol, ( no egg’s in it) like that stops me!! thanks for sharing !!

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