Updated*Cinnamon Chip Cookie Dough Cream Cheese bars

18 Aug

cheesecake bar updated

Updated:I made some serious adjustments since last time and I still would make one more: I’d increase at least by 1.5-2x the cookie balls. I didn’t take a finished picture, but the height of the cream cheese was good, it just needed a little more density of cookie balls. Much better this time and I’ll probably try again soonish with more cookie balls.

Notes: Definitely premix the cream cheese mix and cookie balls to spread evenly over the crust. Also, make sure the balls are really frozen so they don’t break apart while mixing the balls in. I also switched to chocolate chips because of my crowd, but cinnamon chips or any other chip would work well in this recipe.

The recipe listed here is as I made it this SECOND time.

Adapted from: Making Memories (original at Sweetly Serendipity)

Makes: 1 9×9 pan

Ingredients:
Crust:
1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers (make sure very well crushed or the crust won’t hold together)
5 Tbsp. melted butter

Cookie dough: (consider doubling)
5 Tbsp. softened butter
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup cinnamon chips

Cream cheese filling:
20 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
2 egg
2 tsp. vanilla

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a  9×9 pan with cooking spray.
2) Mix together melted butter and graham crackers. Press into the bottom of the sprayed pan and bake for 6 minutes.

cheesecake bar crust updated
3) To make the cookie dough, cream the butter and sugar together. Add in the flour and vanilla and mix well. Add in the chips and mix. Roll the cookie dough into 1/2 inch balls and place on a plate in the freezer for 10-15 minutes so the dough is hard enough not to come apart in the cheesecake filling.
4) Mix together all the ingredients for the cream cheese filling while the cookie dough is cooling.
5) Add the cookie dough balls into the cream cheese filling and gently mix. Pour the mixture over the prebaked graham cracker crust.
6) Bake for about 30 minutes or until the cheesecake is set.  Remove and place on a wire rack until it is cool.  If possible, refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

(old bars, before cream cheese upped)cinnamon chip cookie dough cream cheese bar cut

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