Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars



Chocolate Chip and Cheesecake...what a fantastic combination!  Even better when they are mixed together to form an ooey-gooey brownie bar such as the one above ;)

There is a story behind this dessert and I'm actually shocked I haven't shared it with y'all yet.  I must have been around 25 or 26 years old when I discovered this recipe.  Husband Man and I had just gotten married and had received orders to move down here to Louisiana.  If you are military, or were military, then you know how much our enlisted folks love to throw barbecues.  It seemed at least once a month, someone within our nice, circle of friends would throw a barbecue and we all took turns hosting them at each other's houses.  If you didn't live in a house, not to worry....we always found a way to throw one...lol. 

Being a young, military wife at that time, I didn't want to show up empty handed.  Upon the advice of my mom (who is also a former military wife), I took the liberty of supplying the desserts for all the barbecues.  This dessert was the very, very, very first dessert I ever made and bought to the very first barbecue we attended.  The recipe stuck with us for years in our little, tight-knit group...and before each barbecue, someone would always request that these bars be made.  Over the years, I have made other desserts, however, this is the main one that was always requested.

Even though all of our friends have moved away, the memories of these special get-togethers will always be with us, especially when I make these bars ;) 

***Note:  Below the regular ingredients you will also find the ingredients listed to make this recipe low-fat.  I have not tried the low fat version of these bars, but this is how I would make them if I were to make them low-fat.***

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

(serves 12)


Regular Ingredients:                                                        
1 (30 oz.) pkg. of chocolate chip cookie dough, such as Pillsbury                       
2 (8 oz.) packages of regular Cream Cheese, at room temperature                          
1 egg                                                                              
1/4 cup granulated sugar                                                      
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Low Fat Ingredients:
1 (30 oz.) pkg. of chocolate chip cookie dough, such as Pillsbury
2 (8 oz.) packages of Neufchatel Cream Cheese
1/4 cup egg substitute, such as Egg Beaters
1/4 cup no calorie sugar sweetener such as Splenda
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Cut chocolate chip cookie dough in half.
3.  Cover the bottom of an ungreased 13x9 inch baking pan or casserole dish with half of the dough, forming a crust.  Use your hands for this as if you were filling a pie plate with a homemade pie crust.
4.  Bake for 10 minutes.
5.  While baking, beat the cream cheese, egg (or egg substitute), sugar (or no calorie sugar sweetener), and vanilla in a bowl until well blended.
6.  Take the crust out and spread the cream cheese mixture on the top...being sure to cover the entire top.  It will be ooey and gooey and may blend with the crust and this is ok :)
7.  Take the other half of the cookie dough and crumble it on top of the cream cheese coating, being sure to cover it all.
8.  Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
9.  Cool in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving. 
10.  Store in the fridge, due to the cream cheese.

**Libby's Notes:  You can also use other cookie dough flavors instead of chocolate chip.  Peanut butter, M & M, etc...****

38 thoughtful comments around the table:

  1. These look fabulous Libby. Your right the perfect combination.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wowsers - two of my favorite desserts in one!! Such great history behind them too :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. These look awesome Libby! I miss those military get togethers!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Wow no wonder they were requested so regularly! Cheesecake and brownies and choc-chips all in one. Yum yum yum!

    ReplyDelete
  5. These looks sooooo inviting! Two of my favorite things - cookies and cream cheese - how could anyone go wrong? I cherish those precious military times too - civilians have no clue what they've missed out on huh? Thanks for sharing these and your sweet story!

    ReplyDelete
  6. oh wow, these look so good! how could you beat a combo like that!

    ReplyDelete
  7. These look great. I can't wait until I'm invited to my next military BBQ.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thanks everyone ;) If y'all try this recipe, let us know how it goes ;)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Oh I can hardly wait to try this one! Thank you for sharing it. I love your blog I found it through the Gooseberry Patch Link up! I will be checking your blog for recipes from now on! I have a blog too if you wanted to see mine- www.thereciperoundup.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  10. wow, wow, wow!! These look amazing.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I just found you! These look so good! I was thinking that peanut butter cookie on the bottom and chocolate chip cookie on the top would be really good! I love peanut butter and chocolate together! Would be amazing in this recipe.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Hey!
    Found your blog from your guest post at Mommy's Kitchen. These bars sound super yummy! Thanks for sharing!
    XoXoXo
    Joy

    ReplyDelete
  13. Have you made these with homemade cookie dough?

    ReplyDelete
  14. Thank you everyone ;)
    @ Cindi, I will be checking your blog soon ;)
    @ Cheryl, this recipe is so versatile that you literally could put two different flavors of cookie dough together. If you try it, let us know how it goes :)
    @ Anonymous, I have never tried these with homemade cookie dough. I bet they probably taste even better ;)

    ReplyDelete
  15. These look really yummy.:) If you made these with homemade cookie dough, I wonder how much dough you will need? I love cream cheese anything.:O)You have some really great recipes.:)
    Sharon :)

    ReplyDelete
  16. Sharon, thank you and welcome to Cooking With Libby :) I am not sure how much dough you would need if you made them with homemade cookie dough. I'm guessing maybe enough dough to make one whole batch? If you try to make it homemade, let us know the results ;)

    ReplyDelete
  17. I make these a lot too. My family loves them. They're too addicting..you can't eat just one!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Love your photo! I saw these linked up at Angie's Big Love of Food linky party. I am loving your blog! I am your newest follower :)

    I also wanted to invite you over to my cookbook giveaway that is going on right now until July 16th. Stop on by to enter! Hope you are having a great week :)

    http://steaknpotatoeskindagurl.blogspot.com/2011/07/my-first-giveaway.html

    ReplyDelete
  19. Welcome to Cooking With Libby Desi :) I missed the deadline for the giveaway :( However I am now following your blog and look forward to reading your posts ;)

    ReplyDelete
  20. I have almost this exact same recipe! It is so yummy!

    ReplyDelete
  21. @Erin-It is very yummy! We love it around here ;)

    ReplyDelete
  22. These look beyond heavenly. I can't wait to make them over the weekend :D

    ReplyDelete
  23. I hope you enjoyed them Therapist ;)

    ReplyDelete
  24. Yum, thanks SO much for sharing this link with me via email!
    Blessings today and always,
    Kaye

    ReplyDelete
  25. Looks so yummy, I can't wait to try them. I think it would be equally as good with a brownie mix, I might have to try that as well & compare :O)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. A brownie mix would probably work with this too ;) Let us know how it turns out ;)

      Delete
  26. These look so good. I pinned and will make it soon!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Thanks for reposting this! I am going to make these for sure. They look YUMMY!!!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Libby I am making two pans of these tomorrow. One to take to my sister in laws grill out and another to take to my father in law. He isnt doing too well so I know he would love these.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh...I'm sorry to hear about your father in law :( Hopefully these will cheer him up :) They are perfect to bring to grill outs too ;)

      Delete
  29. Libby, how do you make such luscious desserts? This is another winning recipe.

    ReplyDelete
  30. I love your blog!!! Lots of great ideas!!! Thanks so much! God Bless!

    ReplyDelete

Well hello there :) Comments are greatly encouraged. So why not leave one?