Saturday, January 7, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Cookie Dough:
5 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup flour
2/3 cup chocolate chips

Cheesecake filling:
10 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions: Preheat oven to 325.  Line an 8 inch square with foil and spray with cooking spray.  In a bowl, mix the melted butter and graham cracker crumbs until thoroughly combined.  Press the mixture into the bottom of the pan.  Bake for 6 minutes.  Proceed to leave the oven on while preparing the dough. 
In a mixing bowl beat the butter, brown sugar, white sugar, salt, and vanilla  until smooth. Mix in the chocolate chips and set aside.
In another mixer, cream together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Mix in the egg and vanilla.  Pour the cheesecake batter into the prepared crust.  Sprinkle the cookie dough onto the top of the cheesecake batter and then press it down lightly.  Bake for 30 minutes (or until the top feels dry and firm). Let the bars chill for a couple hours.
Story:  Another recipe that looked awesomely good on Pinterest!  The cookie dough is quite crumbly, not like usual cookie dough. These bars taste superb after being chilled for a couple hours. Next time, though, I don't think I'll make it with a crust.

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