Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

After my love for God, my husband and four kiddos, this desert combines my next three loves and absolute favorites of chocolate, cookie dough and cheesecake. Oh my! The taste of all three combined into one amazing desert sky-rocketed me into heavenly bliss. It took most of my willpower to take this with us to a friends' house to share with them at a get together. But because I don't need my backside or thighs to develop into one big, ball of cookie dough...I behaved myself and shared. Everyone raved about the richness and deliciousness of this desert and gobbled most of it up. I did allow myself a little piece and savored every last bite. Mmmmmm!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

1 & 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
5 Tbs. butter, melted
2/3 c miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 9" square baking pan (I used a 9" springform pan). Line pan with parchment paper, leaving enough to extend over the sides. Lightly coat the parchment paper with non-stick cooking spray.

Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter until crumbs are moistened. Stir in chocolate chips. Press crust mixture into bottom of pan. Bake for 6 minutes. Set pan on wire rack to cool.

Cookie Dough
5 Tbs. butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
3 Tbs. granulated sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour (I followed the advise of My Kitchen Cafe and reduced the flour by 1/8th of a cup from the 3/4 and found the dough to be very workable)
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Using electric mixer, mix butter, brown sugar, sugar, salt and vanilla extract at medium speed until smooth. Decrease mixer speed to low and add flour. Mix just until incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips. Set aside.

10 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 c. granulated sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar just until smooth. Add egg and vanilla extract, beating just until blended. Pour batter into baked crust. Drop cookie dough by teaspoonfuls over the top of the filling.

Bake about 30-35 minutes, or until set. Transfer to wire rack.

For chocolate topping, melt 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips in a double boiler or in the microwave. (Tip: put the chocolate chips into a zipper bag and heat on 50% power for a few minutes. Cut the corner off the bag and squeeze the bag to make drizzling less messy.) Use a teaspoon to drizzle chocolate over top of bars. cool bars in pan completely, about an hour. (Stick the bars in the freezer for 5 minutes to set quickly if you're in a hurry).

Using the edges of the parchment paper, remove bars from pan. Cut into bars (clean the knife after each cut) and serve.

Source: adapted from My Kitchen Cafe


Davisix said...

Came over because my friend, Keli, told me I should. I am so glad she did! I can't wait to try these bars!!! mmmmmm :) Ang

Christy said...

Thanks sooo much for stopping by! I'm thrilled that you did and love hearing from you! I just dropped by your blog as well, love it and plan to go back. We share one thing (well 4 things as you call them) in common, 2 boys and 2 girls! God is good!!

Laurie said...

Hi Christy, I found you by way of the Foodie Blogroll. You make some yummy, good looking food and I love your autumn wallpaper!

I have four children too - 3 girls and 1 boy.

At my church, when the pastor says, "God is good," the congregation always replies in unison, "All the time!"

Four children are a blessing...

Christy said...

Laurie-I'm thrilled that you found me! You're right, 4 kids is such a blessing...sometimes tiring, but a treasure!

That's exactly what we say at our church! Then we follow with, "And the best is yet to come." Glad to talk with a fellow sister! Hope you return!

Tracy said...

i can't wait to try this one! i made the apple crumb cake for my co-workers today and had to print off the recipe for them. they devoured it!!! this one is sure to be just as good!! all these comments about "4" children has me thinking ;)

Joie de vivre said...

Oh wow these look beyond amazing

Susanne said...

Your recipes look great.

Christy said...

Tracy-You'll absolutely fall in love with this desert. Thanks for sharing with me all the successes you're having with the recipes I post. :-)

Keep thinking about #4...as beautiful as your 3 boys are, you can't pass up another blessing!

Para i familiaku said...

WOW! decadent! perfect for gifts!

~Amber~ said...

Holy cow, this looks amazing!!

Lisa said...

Wow! will I gain a few pounds just be looking at this? Outstanding!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Oh my gosh. You've got me drooling. I'm a true chocoholic and this is one recipe that I will definitely make. Thanks for the recipe.

Ingrid said...

Boy am I glad that I decided to spend some time looking through your archives. I've found several recipes that are going to winners. This one looks beyond decadent!

Cyprillo said...

My mother-in-law would love this! she really digs chocolate chips! just a great present for her

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