Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars (4) I’ve never had much claim to the label “normal American” as my family has never been very normal, and these days I’m feeling especially strange.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars (3) Apparently moving to a foreign country, not speaking the language, and not getting out much will do that to you. Trust me, feeling like an alien is only fun some of the time. Although I don’t feel it daily, I think I’ve really changed over the last few years.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars (6) Okay, but even if I’m not normal, I think I have a pretty good idea what stereo-typical American family would  look like and the picture in my mind always includes a tray of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars. That’s probably one of the only things my family still has in common with US culture, chocolate chip cookies. As long as I can remember, my mom’s chocolate chip cookies have been the favorite treat in our house and in our circles. She taught me how to make them when I was still small enough to sit on the counter and it’s one of the few recipes that I haven’t adapted. I know it by heart and it never fails. I bet if I could get a count of how many of balls of dough I have rolled in my life, it would shock you and me.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars (2) In fact, when I first decided to start a blog I seriously considered blogging about every possible variation you could do of a chocolate chip cookie. However, I’m too indecisive to do that and I changed my mind when I started thinking about all of the delicious things I could also blog about. You have to admit it’s a good idea though, right?

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars (7) This recipe is just another one of said chocolate chip cookie variations. When you make something as often as I make them it’s hard not to sneak them into a recipe now and then, but this is one of my favorites. I know, it’s not super original and there are like a million and one recipes out there. All I know is that I’m rarely completely satisfied with a recipe but I can’t imagine anything about these that could be improved upon. The marriage between the sweet and slightly salty cookies with the tart cheesecake layer is pure perfection.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars (8) I’ll just have to let you guys judge for yourselves, but I really think you need to try these. They as easy, if not easier, than making a batch of chocolate chip cookies and they are a major crowd pleaser.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars (5)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours

Yield: 12 - 16 bars


  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 100g (about 2/3 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • pinch of salt


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C) and grease a 8x8 inch glass pan. Cream butter and sugars together in the bowl of a stand mixer. Scrape sides of bowl, then add eggs while stirring and mix until combined. Add vanilla, soda, and salt until mixed, then add flour one cup at a time and beat after each addition. Stir in chocolate.
  2. Scrape out bowl into a medium bowl and save for cheesecake layer. Divide dough in half and press one half into prepared pan. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes until top starts to brown then remove from oven and cool while you make filling.
  3. Beat cream cheese in mixing bowl with whisk attachment until completely smooth and lump free, scrape bottom of bowl and mix longer to be sure it's all smooth. Add sugar and mix until creamed, then beat in egg. Add remaining ingredients and mix until combined.
  4. Pour filling over cooled cookie layer and crumble remaining half of dough over top. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes until the center is lightly browned on top. Remove and cool for about 30 minutes then place pan in fridge and chill for at least 3 hours before serving.

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  1. says

    First of all, normal is totally over-rated. Who wants to be like everyone else, anyways?? Not I! 🙂 We can be strange aliens together… preferably as we scarf down an entire pan of these- Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars! These bars look incredibly delicious! I’m going to have to switch out the chocolate chips for white chocolate (because I’m allergic to cocoa), which is totally bumming me out, because those dark little chips studded throughout these bars totally remind me of a classic chocolate chip cookie… just made a heck of a lot better. Because cheesecake! Yum! These are stellar, and you can bet I will be making these soon! Cheers- to being abnormal and proud of it!

    • Tori says

      Ha ha, it’s good to not be alone in my strangeness! Thanks Cheyanne, and I’m sorry you can’t have chocolate (how do you survive life?) but I bet these will be just as good with white chocolate…..ooohh and add some nuts to break up the sweet, YUM!

  2. says

    I would never know you were writing this from Chile!! It certainly feels like a standard American household to me 🙂 I agree that not speaking the language and feeling like you stick out like a sore thumb is not fun all of the time – I had a similar experience once and it does wear on you after a while! Thanks for sharing this recipe – I am drooling over here!!

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