Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

October 20, 2008 at 12:47 am | Posted in cheesecake, chocolate, Cookies, Dessert | 4 Comments

In case you haven’t noticed, I am more prone to baking and cooking this time of the year.  Something about fall gets me in the mood.  That and we are finally finished with T-ball, soccer, etc. and I have more time to do these thing.  : )  I have been trying to bake something every weekend.  I love to do it and my co-workers love me because normally I take everything into work that I bake.  We aren’t huge on sweets – we will eat one or two of something and then it’s back to our Kashi and apple slices.  But I adore trying new things.  I saw this recipe on My Kitchen Cafe, one of my absolute favorite blogs, and I knew I had to try it.  My husband loves cheesecake and chocolate chip cookies so I knew he would love this one.  Before I give you our reviews…I hope you are writing this down or saving it in your favorites.  You will NEED to make this.  Okay.  On with the recipe.

Ingredients

Crust
1 & 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
5 tablespoons butter, melted
2/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325°F. Butter a 9″-square baking pan.  Line pan with parchment paper (I used foil), leaving enough to extend over the sides. Lightly coat the parchment paper/foil 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 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour (On My Kitchen Cafe, she said the dough was a little dry so she would cut it down by 1/8th of a cup next time.  I tried cutting it down 1/8 and it was still pretty dry so I suggest cutting it down more)
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Using an 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.

Filling
10 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 teaspoon 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/foil, remove bars from pan. Cut into bars (clean the knife after each cut) and serve.  I cut into pretty small bars – these babies are RIIICH!

Mrs. Pig Rating – SO FREAKING GOOD.  This is one of those things that I could eat until I was sick.  And I’m not even a “sweets” person.  I am making these for our Halloween party we are going to next week for sure.  This is hands down one of the best desserts I have made in a LOOONG time.

Pig Rating – The pig says, and I quote, “Put on your blog that the Pig gives these two hooves up and a really big tail wag.”  HA!  He loooved these!  He is hard to please with desserts and he adored these.  Normally when I make something he doesn’t want me to keep anything at home, but he requested to save some of these for him.  : )

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  1. Holy Yum. I need some of those ASAP

  2. Me wanty! I love cookie dough AND cheesecake. LOL @ pig’s tail wag. Looks like I’ll have to to try it b/c of the tail wag now! HAHA
    /Clara

  3. Nikki-make them NOW!

    Clara-I love those two things as well! These are amazing. YOu have to add them to your “must make” list. HA HA! The pig is definitely a fan of these. 🙂

  4. Damn these food restrictions…I want some!


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