Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars: (adapted from July 2006 Cooking Pleasures)
1 1/2 graham cracker crumbs (I used Chips Ahoy cookie crumbs)
5 Tbsp butter, melted
10 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 stick butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup chocolate chips
2 Tbls chocolate chips, melted
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine the crumbs (whichever you choose to use) and melted butter press it into the bottom of a greased 9X9 pan. Bake 6 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and turn it down to 325 degrees.
With a mixer, combine the cream cheese and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla. Scrape it all down and mix one little bit more and pour it onto the crust.
In the same mixing bowl that you used for the filling, cream the butter and sugars. Add the salt and vanilla. Add the flour. Stir in the chips. (I used my hands to mush the chips into the buttery dough). Drop the dough over the filling with a spoon (or your hands…). Bake for 30 minutes or until set if you jiggle it a bit.
With a fork, lightly drizzle the melted chocolate chips over and around the top in a quasi-decorative manner. (Having 4 sons has almost completely ruined me for any kind of fanciness; my poor daughter).
Let these cool completely before serving and keep them in the fridge until they are gone….that might not be too long if your family is anything like mine!