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Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars


Cookie dough. Wonderful, wonderful cookie dough.  Is there anything better?  I have fond memories of licking the cookie dough off the beaters when I was a kid.  Then an ice cream made near us was recalled because of bad eggs, and everyone became much more aware of the danger of salmonella.  So for a while there was no cookie dough in my life.

Looking back on it, I would have been OK with spinning the salmonella roulette wheel.  Because, come on, cookie dough!  😄

Then some beautiful, beautiful human being who I could kiss invented a magical concoction called eggless cookie dough.  And all was right with the world again. ✌️


Are you infatuated with cookie dough like I am?  When I was a kid my two favorite Blizzard flavors at Dairy Queen (Minnesota, ya’ll) were Oreo cookie (or Hydrox, back then), and cookie dough.  And I was very deliberate when eating a cookie dough Blizzard.  I’d save a lot of the cookie dough bits for the bottom, that way the whole bottom of the shake was a dough party.  That’s how little kids DO IT.

My favorite cheesecake also happens to be cookie dough cheesecake.  I’ve never been to a Cheesecake Factory (can you believe it?), but when I get there you can be sure what I’ll order.

Since my favorite cheesecake is cookie dough, and since my fascination with cookie dough in general seems to be ever growing, why not celebrate by making cookie dough cheesecake bars?  Bars are so down-home.  So comforting.  And sometimes making a huge cheesecake can be an Everest-like feat. Sometimes you just want your cheesecake now!  So dig in, all.  These are crazy soft, rich, and good.  If you are particularly awesome, you might top with vanilla ice cream. But as LeVar Burton used to say on Reading Rainbow, you don’t have to take my word for it. 😉


(From a cookie dough cheesecake bar recipe on Baked in Arizona)

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars
  • For cookie dough:
  • 2⅛ cups flour
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter, melted, and cooled slightly
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • For cheesecake layer:
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together butter and sugars until well combined.
  4. Add in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Mix well, scraping down the bowl if you have to.
  5. Turn the mixer off and mix in the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon until just combined.
  6. Press half of the cookie dough into your prepared pan.
  7. Sprinkle 1 cup of the chocolate chips over the cookie dough layer, pressing them into the dough slightly.
  8. Since you will need the mixing bowl for the cheesecake layer, place the remaining cookie dough into another bowl. Add the remaining 1 cup of chocolate chips to this cookie dough and mix until combined.
  9. Clean the mixing bowl and paddle attachment.
  10. In your electric mixer, make the cheesecake layer by adding all of the ingredients and blending on medium speed until combined and smooth.
  11. Pour the cheesecake layer into your pan over the cookie dough layer. Spread in a nice, even layer.
  12. Dot the cheesecake layer with hunks of remaining cookie dough, scattering them evenly all over, and pressing them into the cheesecake layer slightly.
  13. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until bars are lightly golden brown and slightly firm to the touch.
  14. Cool to room temperature, then place in the fridge and allow to chill for 3 hours before serving.
  15. Store in fridge.


{ 12 comments… add one }
  • Mir June 7, 2016, 9:38 am

    Reading Rainbow is pretty rocking, but not quite as much as these. These are heaven. I am now crazy happy!!

    • Amanda June 8, 2016, 2:22 pm

      Thanks, Mir! I miss those old Reading Rainbow episodes. 🙂

  • Michele @TwoRaspberries June 7, 2016, 10:16 pm

    ya had me at cookie dough! these look amazing! 😉

    • Amanda June 8, 2016, 2:23 pm

      Cookie dough is not safe around me! Thanks, Michele!

  • Mary @ LOVE the secret ingredient June 8, 2016, 9:12 am

    This is such a treat! I’m not too much of a sweets person, but I would have to try a piece of this.

    • Amanda June 8, 2016, 2:23 pm

      Thanks, Mary!

  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen June 9, 2016, 3:35 pm

    I adore the flavor of cookie dough and bars are my favorite thing to bake for gatherings. Can’t wait to try these. 🙂

    • Amanda June 10, 2016, 11:40 am

      I really like making bars for get togethers too. There’s just so much easier to cut and pass around. Thanks, Christin!

  • Anu -My Ginger Garlic Kitchen June 10, 2016, 2:36 am

    Wow! What a treat for weekend. These bars look amazingly delish, Amanda. I wish I could taste these now!

    • Amanda June 10, 2016, 11:40 am

      Thanks so much. I have a few frozen, so you’re giving me a good idea. 🙂

  • Manali@CookWithManali June 10, 2016, 3:20 pm

    you can’t go wrong with cookie dough and cheesecake! looks so good!

    • Amanda June 11, 2016, 9:14 am

      Thanks so much!

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