Cheesecake chocolate chip cookie bars exist because, let's face it; we all need a little something something sweet from time to time. And let me tell you, these bars are it.
Oh, they're it, alright...
A layer of cheesecake sandwiched in between chocolate chip cookies? Yeah, we need that.
Cheesecake chocolate chip cookie bars are chewy cookies, stuffed with a layer of smooth, creamy cheesecake filling. You need them ASAP.
Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Discovered on Tracy's Culinary Adventures, from Heat Oven to 350
For the Cookie Dough:
- ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- ½ cup shortening
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
- large egg
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
For the Cheesecake:
- 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a 13x9 pan with cooking spray.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, shortening, both sugars, vanilla and salt on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Beat in the egg until well combined. With the mixer on low, add the baking soda and flour and beat just until incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips. Press half of the dough into an even layer over the bottom of the prepared pan (I found it easiest to use my fingers to do that). Set aside the other half of the dough.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese on medium until smooth and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the sugar, egg and vanilla and beat just until incorporated. (I rinsed the bowl of my stand mixer & used it here but you could also do this with a hand mixer in another bowl if you'd rather.)
Pour the cream cheese mixture over the cookie dough layer in the bottom of the pan and spread to the edges. Use the second half of the cookie dough (that you set aside earlier) to top the cream cheese. The easiest way to do that is to grab pieces and flatten them into discs between your hands then place them around the cream cheese layer. You don't have to cover the cream cheese layer completely.
Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the top is brown and cooked through (the bars will begin to pull away from the sides of the pan slightly). Transfer the pan to a wire rack and cool to room temperature then store in the refrigerator.
Rather different pics for me, but I wanted to show what my desk can look like from time to time. Not to mention my awesome Stitch mug. Yeah. I love that mug.
Roxana GreenGirl says
oh yeah, I really need this!! and not just one piece ....
I do like that extra layer in there and I would be happy to find that bar sitting in the middle of my desk. Delicious.
There's just something about chocolate chips and cheesecake... and lots of it.
These will be great for this weekends picnic
Kim Bee says
I need this. I think I might need the whole batch. One would not be enough. Great recipe.
Laurie @SimplyScratch says
I so need that! :9 Every birthday I would either have chocolate chip cookie bars or a cheesecake... wish I would have thought to combine them!! I just might need to bake myself a batch for my bday this year! Thanks for sharing Kita!
Parsley Sage says
And that mug. Damn.
OMG these look amazingggg!
Yummers!! I gotta make this tomorrow! I just know I'll be dreaming of it tonight .... can't wait!!!
The Chocolate Priestess says
Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing.
We'll be doing another rare recipe on our blog tomorrow. Hope you check us out again.
Oh my goodness! I need like 10 of these right about now!!
Yes please. I would like some of that very much!
Yes, indeedy, we do need this, because it is PURE awesomeness.
Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts says
Love these bars! I made one very similar and they are so good, and everyone loves them!
Sasha @ The Procrastobaker says
Good grief i need these in my life
I don't even know how you came up with this idea...but I AM SO GLAD that you did!!! I want to eat the whole pan!!!
Elyse @The Cultural Dish says
Omg! I bookmarked this! These bars look so delicious! I love the combo of the chocolate chip cookie and cheesecake all in bar form! Thanks for sharing this 🙂
Those are awesome! Buzzed! ...and I love the photos!
Holy frekkin moly Kita!! I think I had some drool hit my desk when I saw these pictures!! These look to die for!
Have a fabulous weekend!
Kita!! These look fantastic! I'm drooling over here!
Lauren at Keep It Sweet says
I'll take ten, please.
Hi Kita. I made this today and they were delicious. I had a small hiccup when I didn't know when to add in the vinegar so I just added that when I beat in the egg. If there are any left, I'll definitely like to post it and have it linked back to you! .. if you don't mind, of course.
OMG I need this, but where's my butler? I just don't have the energy to bake right now!
Letizia Golosa says
YUMMY!!!!! These look INSANE!!!!!
I love your amazing chocolate chip cookies bars, and of course can't forget the cheesecake part of it...yumm! Lovely photos, as well!
maribel Patterson says
Is there anyway I can make this without the shortening? Thank you.
I am not sure. There has to be a substitute but more butter I think would result in the dough being too soft to hold.
Jacqueline McDonald says
I don't understand why there is cider vinegar in this recipe. I can't imagine why you would ever add this to a cookie dough. And it doesn't even show up in the instructions. Can anyone explain?
Hi Jacquelin, I'll be 100% honest, it's been so long since I have made these I don't recall why the vinegar was in there, other than a bit more boost for lift while they bake. >< I'm sorry! I do need to revisit the recipe and see where I missed typing a step! Thank you 🙂
Jacqueline McDonald says
Okay, so I made these last night (without the cider vinager) OMG... the creamiest, most sinfully delicious dessert ever. I bake alot, almost every night. These are without a doubt the easiest and tastiest treat ever! And I mean ever! Try them you won't be dissappointed, I promise!
Awesome! I'm glad you went ahead and tried these! 😀
I just made these. In the oven baking as I type. A little time consuming but so far they look delicious. I skipped the cider because it made no sense to me and isn't in the recipe directions. Thanks for a lovely recipe. I hope my football friends next Sunday well love them. (I'm freezing them til then)