Monday, May 14, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

Let’s celebrate it with a mash-up of two classics: chocolate chip cookies and cheesecake. What’s not love?
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

24 mini bites (using Wilton’s Brownie Bite pan) | Preparation: Heat oven 350 degrees F. Cover each well with bake  spray.
Chocolate chip cookie dough:
  • Chocolate chip cookie dough recipe  found here
Cheesecake:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions:
  1. Add cream cheese and sugar in a bowl and beat until well blended. Add in eggs and vanilla and beat until blended.
  2. Press approximately ½ teaspoon of dough into each well. Add approximately ½ teaspoon of cheesecake mixture on top of bottom layer. Crumble remaining cookie dough and spread on top of cheesecake layer.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes or until inserted toothpick into the cheesecake portion comes out clean. Remove pan from oven and place on a wire rack to completely cool before removing chocolate chip cookie and cheesecake bars. Store refrigerated in an airtight container.

A few notes:
  • For the chocolate chip cookie portion, I used my favorite recipe found here. Feel free to use your favorite recipe or ready-made cookie dough to short cut the time.
  • You can bypass using the brownie bite pan and just use a regular 8×8 pan and then increase the bake time to 30minutes.
  • If you are using Wilton’s Brownie Bite pan, it works out much better if you prep each well manually by smearing the bake spray in each well one at a time, rather than doing a sweeping spray of the whole pan. The latter tends to leave heavy pools of bake spray here and there.
  • Do not try to remove these from the pan while warm or they will crumble. Once cooled the bars will pull away slightly from the walls and make for easy removal.
  • Unrelated: Bark recipe will be up tomorrow . . . I’m really excited about this one! And don’t forget to enter the LeCreuset Holiday giveaway here.
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