Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars: Lovin’ From the Oven

Sometimes, I visit blogs just to read the introduction to the recipe.  Some authors are so witty and clever.  They share little snipets of their lives or teach something interesting about the recipe they are posting.  It’s all incredibly entertaining.  Me, well, I am a Harried Homemaker; literally.  I realized at 6pm on Thursday that I didn’t have this post anywhere near ready.  In fact, I didn’t have a post.  Panicking, I grabbed some cooking magazines that I have been meaning to read and poured over them, hoping inspiration would strike.  I weighed the options and then scrambled out to the kitchen to start baking.  I assembled all of my ingredients,  substituted a few things, and whipped up these amazing bars.  Oh!  the aroma that filled my kitchen as they baked.  Chocolate; cheesecake; buttery yumminess.  These would make a great Valentine’s treat, especially if they were baked in a heart-shaped pan. 

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 egg
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!

Allie and Pattie

Too funny-as the mom of 6-5 of whom happen to be BOYS- I am the definition of harried homemaker! My inspiration is usually forced upon me by whatever I happen to have left on hand because my boys ate the 300 dollars worth of groceries that I bought yesterday to last the week. Sigh….
These look amazing and if I can scrounge up the ingredients, I may just make them and hide them! xoxo Pattie

Sweet and Savory

I know just what you mean about last minute cooking or baking. Right now, all I know, is I have to do something with salmon, sweet potatoes and blueberries (not the same dish) and all I want to do is make your delicious dish. Heavenly, would be my description.