Don’t you love it when two desserts come together and you get the best of both worlds without choosing? Yes, me too! Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars do just that. It’s a chocolate chip cookie. It’s cheesecake. It’s cheesecake sandwiched between two layers of chocolate chip cookies! The recipe couldn’t be easier. I made these bars for a coworker’s birthday recently. I needed something delicious, but quick and easy. Sometimes it gets hard baking during the week and I had a bajillion other things to do as well. But instead of being stressed, I made it easy on myself! I created these bars in no time thanks to refrigerated cookie dough. Quickly whip up the cream cheese layer and that’s it!
So, how’s it taste?
I was really happy with the taste of these bars. Even though it’s a Pillsbury recipe, I prefer Nestlé refrigerated cookie dough. It certainly made this recipe a cinch. I used a 9-inch pan and I think this would work better in an 8-inch. Instead of using half the cookie dough on the bottom, I used about 3/4. That didn’t leave much for the top, but it’s ok because you want some cheesecake peeking through. I think next time I may buy two rolls of cookie dough and just bake any extra dough (bonus cookies for the baker!). I added a bit of vanilla to the cheesecake layer because it was missing a little something. That touch of vanilla made it perfect.
Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 35 min
Total Time: 3 hr 20 min
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
16.5 oz. roll refrigerated chocolate chip cookies
1. Heat oven to 350F. In small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and egg until smooth.
2. In ungreased, 9- or 8-inch square pan, break up half of cookie dough. With floured fingers, press dough evenly in bottom of pan to form crust. Spread cream cheese mixture over dough. Crumble and sprinkle remaining half of dough over cream cheese mixture. (It won't completely cover the top.)
3. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown and firm to the touch. Cool 30 minutes. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until chilled. For bars, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows. Store in refrigerator.
per serving: 200 calories, 10g fat, 25g carbs, 0g fiber, 2g protein
You had me at cheesecake bars, Leah! These sound amazing! I love all of the chocolate chips in here, and the sprinkling of the dough on top sounds like the perfect touch. Pinning!
This really is the best of both worlds and combined everything that is awesome about dessert.
LEAH! Stop it! You just combined my 2 favorite desserts! This bars look delicious! I have to make these right away, so I can enjoy them.
I’ve made a similar recipe before and I looooove bars like this. Yours look like they turned out amazing – YUM!
These cheesecake bars look incredible!!! Cheesecake and cookies – sounds like the best of both worlds to me. I love how quick these are to whip up too – perfect way to enjoy a sweet treat in a snap 🙂
These look so perfect. I used to seriously dislike cheesecake, but now I’m a fan… I think I’d like it even more incorporated into these bars!
Love the bars, these pretty much cover the dessert world!
I am seriously impressed with how delicious these choc chip cheesecake bars are! I have never made a recipe like this before so it is definitely something that I need to try. Thanks for the great recipe Leah!
Oh yay! Choc chip cookies and cheesecake finally had a baby!! Hurrah, let’s celebrate! I’ll put in an order for 3 dozen please. Express delivery to Sydney!
Like Natalie said above “You just combined my 2 favorite desserts!” What a great dessert, my dear!!! Delicious!!
I can’t believe how easy this is! This is the ultimate dessert!
I SUPER love it when two desserts come as one. And these might be the best desserts out there! I love it!
Dessert is always better when you don’t have to choose!! Chocolate chip cookies and cheesecake sound like they would go together so well and I love that it is so easy to make!
I absolutely adore mash up desserts, especially in bar form ;)! And the fact that they are a cinch to prepare makes them even more dangerous, which means they are absolutely perfect!