Monday, January 16, 2012

Cheese makes everything better....even dessert

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cream Cheese Bars

How amazing do they sound?! Who doesn't love cookie dough? And cheesecake, who can resist? Well the blend of these two amazing flavors is beyond delicious! I recommend sharing them as soon as possible because you will not be able to resist eating the whole thing. They are that good people!

I know we are all supposed to be kick starting our healthy new years resolutions but just do as I do and either pretend they are healthy or just stay on the treadmill just a big longer because you won't want to miss out on a taste of these.

They are pretty easy just three set of steps but nothing involving too much work. If  you want you can lighten it up a bit by using low fat graham crackers and low far (not fat free) cream cheese. I'm pretty sure you won't even notice the difference.

Enjoy <3!


For the crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
For the cookie dough:
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
For the cheesecake filling:
  • 10 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8x8 inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper and let hang over edges slightly.
  2. Mix the melted butter and graham cracker crumbs together and press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan and bake for 6 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cream the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla and salt until combined and smooth.
  4. Add the flour and beat until just combined. 
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips and set aside.
  6. For the cream cheese layer, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
  7. Add the vanilla and egg and mix until just combined.
  8. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the prepared crust.
  9. With your hands, form the cookie dough into clumps and drop it on top of the cream cheese mixture, covering the entire dish.
  10. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the cookie dough mixture is firm and the bars are set when giving the dish a slight shake.
  11. Move the bars to a cooling rack and allow them to cool completely.
  12. Lift the bars out of the pan using the foil or parchment overhang. Slice into squares.
  13. Try, just try, to only have one :)!

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