Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

These Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars are the perfect crowd pleasing dessert recipe with a classic graham cracker crust, decadent middle cheesecake layer and a golden chocolate chip cookie top.

two cheesecake bars with chocolate chips


 

It’s no secret everyone loves chocolate chip cookies and cheesecake. Who says you have to decide? This delicious cheesecake bar recipe combines everyone’s favorite for an easy and unique dessert option that is sure to please. 

Don’t be fooled by the layers, these cheesecake bars are so easy to make. You might want to save yourself some time and just make two batches cause the first will be gone in minutes!

Why You’ll Love These Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

Easy bars that combine two favorite desserts into one- what’s not to love!

  • An easy treat – Because we use a pre-made cookie dough, these bars take no time at all to whip up.
  • Portable – Making bars is a great way to easily transport desserts to parties, get togethers or picnics.
  • Loved by all – This is a dessert that is going to be loved by everyone who tries it, making it perfect for any celebration.

Ingredients

One of my favorite things about these chocolate chip cheesecake bars are that they require minimal ingredients despite how complicated they look. To make this recipe all you need is:

  • Graham Cracker Crumbs: These are used for the crust. You can use gluten-free if needed . Buy pre-crushed crumbs or make your own by crumbling standard graham crackers in an airtight plastic bag with a rolling pin or in the food processor.
  • Sugar: You will need the sugar for both the crust and the cream cheese layer. 
  • Melted Butter: Melted butter helps keep the graham cracker crust together. I find the amount needed fluctuates sometimes, keep reading for more on this. Aim for unsalted butter since the cookie dough already carries some salt.
  • Egg– This serves as a binder to hold the cheesecake layer together and also make it bake up nice and fluffy.
  • Vanilla: Vanilla is used in the cream cheese layer for a classic, creamy cheesecake flavor, but you can swap it out for almond or imitation butter.
  • Refrigerated Cookie Dough: Shhh! Don’t tell anyone but this is the secret for making this recipe beyond easy. You can make homemade cookie dough if you want, but since we are making the crust and cheesecake layer from scratch I think it is perfectly fine to take a short cut with the topping. 
ingredients for chocolate chip cookie cheesecake bars

Variations

There are plenty of ways you can make these chocolate chip cheesecake bars your own! Here are a few suggestions.

  1. Gluten free. Make this recipe allergen friendly by choosing gluten free grahams and cookie dough! 
  2. Double the cheesecake. If you want to make the cream cheese layer extra thick, you can double the cheesecake layer for extra decadence. 
  3. Cookie dough. Once you’ve mastered this recipe, change things up! Try monster cookie dough, chocolate cookie dough, peanut butter cookie dough or a chocolate graham crust. You could even make sugar cookie bars.
close up corner of chocolate chip cookie cheesecake bar

How to Make Cheesecake Bars

It couldn’t be easier to make these delicious bars!

  1. Make the crust. Start by preparing the graham cracker crust. You don’t even need a mixer. Just use a fork and combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter until the mixture can be easily pressed with a fork and hold it’s shape.
  2. Bake crust. Press the graham cracker crust into a 9×9 baking sheet lined with parchment. Use a spoon, spatula, measuring cup or bottom of a glass to press the crust firmly into the baking pan. Bake the crust for five minutes until golden brown and fragrant.
  3. Make cheesecake filling. While the crust is baking, use an electric mixer to prepare the cheesecake filling. It’s super important to use room temperature ingredients for this so the cheesecake layer is smooth. Beat the cream cheese well before adding other ingredients.
  4. Add cheesecake to crust. Take a spoon and drop dollops of the cream cheese mixture over the graham cracker crust. This will make it easier to smooth out over the graham cracker layer and prevent the cream cheese from pulling the crumbs up.
  5. Sprinkle cookie dough over cheesecake. Finally, take the refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough and crumble it over the top. I like to leave some spots open so you can visually see the cream cheese layer. Remember when the bars bake, the dough will rise and spread a little bit. So keep that in mind as you are placing your dough.
  6. Bake and allow to cool fully before slicing. Using parchment makes them easy to lift out of the pan. Chilling also helps the graham cracker crust hold together into perfect bars.

Ice Cream Sundaes

If you really want to take it up a notch, make these bad boys into the ultimate easy cheesecake ice cream sundae! Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Top with fudge, caramel or even raspberry sauce. I also like candied walnuts. And of course, whipped cream.

overhead of cheesecake bars in baking pan

Tips and Tricks for Perfect Cream Cheese Bars

For the perfect chocolate chip cookie bars, make sure to follow these easy steps.

  1. Bake time. Different cookie doughs cook at different paces. Keep a close eye on the cookie dough so you can remove it or place a loose sheet of aluminum foil over top to prevent burning. The cheesecake and cookie layer need to be set before removing.
  2. Use the parchment paper, trust me. The bars will cut and serve so much better by using a liner in a pan. Ungreased baking pans and graham cracker crusts do not mix! If you don’t use parchment, let the bars cool completely in the pan before slicing.
  3. Cool before slicing. I know it’s hard, but wait for the bars to cool before slicing. Ideally, in the fridge. The longer that bottom layer sets the better chance you have at crisp clean slices. 
chocolate chip cookie cheesecake bars cut into 16 pieces

Storage & Freezing

Because these bars contain cheesecake, they are best stored in the fridge. For ultimate freshness be sure to wrap or store in an airtight container. I like to cut the bars and wrap each one in saran wrap so they don’t dry out. 

They are best enjoyed within 5 days of baking. Set it out at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to take the chill off.

Can I Freeze These Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

You can also freeze the bars. I would recommend cutting the bars, then wrapping each one in plastic wrap before placing in a freezer safe airtight container. 

close up of chocolate chip cookie cheesecake bar

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stack of cheesecake bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

5 from 6 votes
These Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars are the perfect crowd pleasing dessert with a classic cheesecake crust, decadent middle cheesecake layer and a golden chocolate chip cookie dough top!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 16

Ingredients

CRUST

CHEESECAKE LAYER

COOKIE TOPPING

  • 8 ounces refrigerated cookie dough

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Prepare a 9×9 baking pan by spraying with non-stick cooking spray and lining with parchment paper.

Make Graham Cracker Crust:

  • In a small bowl, prepare the graham cracker crust by using a fork to combine the graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar. Add more melted butter if the crust won't hold together.
  • Press graham cracker crust mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Bake for five minutes in the preheated oven.

Make Cheesecake Filling:

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, prepare the cheesecake filling by beating the cream cheese well. Add the sugar, egg and vanilla until fully combined.
  • Spread the cheesecake layer over the graham cracker crust.

Cookie Layer:

  • Crumble the cookie dough over the cheesecake layer. It doesn't need to be perfectly smooth, it will flatten while baking.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until the cookie layer is golden brown and the bars are cooked through.
  • Allow to cook before lifting the parchment out of the pan and slicing.
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings.

Nutrition

Calories: 229 kcal, Carbohydrates: 22 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 15 g, Saturated Fat: 7 g, Trans Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 43 mg, Sodium: 161 mg, Potassium: 65 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 13 g, Vitamin A: 388 IU, Calcium: 27 mg, Iron: 1 mg
Author: Karen Affholter
Calories: 229
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesecake bars, chocolate chip cheesecake, chocolate chip cheesecake bars
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Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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Questions and Reviews

  1. 5 stars
    These are such a delicious dessert or snack, my kids absolutely adore them and they are so easy to make too!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness, what a treat. All of my favourite things in one bite. Chocolate chip cheesecake bars have a big thumbs up here.

  3. 5 stars
    These are heavenly and so addicting! My hubby, daughter, and I love how they turned out and were such a big hit! I’ll definitely be making these again!