Cheesecake Cookie Bars


Have you ever made a Cheesecake Cookie Bars? If not, please stop whatever you’re doing, get yourself to the grocery store, and then get down to business. They are the best treats ever.



Cheesecake Cookie Bars from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)





Layers of homemade cookie dough and cheesecake mixed together results in the most decadent (but easy) Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookie Bars! Omg get ready….

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookie Bars have been around my house for literally decades!! I can remember the first time one of my aunts made them for us when I was a kid. It was the recipe on the back of the cream cheese box and I just about died. It was heaven. The recipe has gone through a few dozen modifications because nowadays I can ONLY use my most favorite chocolate chip cookie dough recipe in the whole wide world.  Which makes these bars even better! They the cookie dough gets split in half, layered in the bottom of a baking tin, topped with the cheesecake mixture and then dolloped with more cookie dough. HELLO PERFECTION!

Thomas and I are heading out on a Memorial Day adventure through Napa Valley in a few days and I’m bringing these along for the plane ride!



Cheesecake Cookie Bars from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)


Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Ingredients

    For the Cookie Layer

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips
  • For the Cheesecake Layer

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temp 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

    For the Cookie Layer

  1. Cream together the butter and sugars in a large stand mixer for 3 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla, making sure to scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl. Add the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder and mix on low until everything is incorporated. Toss in a handful of the chocolate chips and mix for a quick second. Chill the dough while you make the cheesecake layer
  2. For the Cheesecake Layer

  3. Whip together the cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla for 3 minutes until everything is evenly combined and smooth.
  4. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Line a 9×13 baking pan with tin foil and spray it with non-stick baking spray.
  6. Press 1/2 of the cookie dough mixture into the bottom of the pan to make 1 even layer.
  7. Spread the cheesecake mixture on top of the cookie dough.
  8. Crumble and sprinkle the remaining cookie dough on top of the cheesecake mixture and then sprinkle with the remaining chocolate chips
  9. Place it into the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes until the cookie dough is golden brown. The inner part of the dish might look a bit jiggly, but not to fear. Once the Cheesecake Cookie Bars have baked, remove them from the oven and let them cool on the counter for 30 minutes. Then transfer them to the fridge and cool completely for at least 2 hours. Cut and serve as needed.

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Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking



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