Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

by aimee @ shugarysweets on April 2, 2014

These Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars are perfect for your Easter or Spring brunch! Use pastel candies to add some festive color, and be sure to use PHILADELPHIA Cream cheese for best results.

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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars with a graham cracker base, creamy cheesecake filling and delicious cookie crunch.

It’s no secret that I am in cahoots with PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese. Cahoots as in, I freaking love their cream cheese. I’ve been tempted in the past to buy the store brand cream cheese, I mean a 10 for $10 sale is sometimes hard to resist.

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But after numerous cheesecake fails, it occurred to me, why go cheap and chance a recipe fail? Seriously. I have never had a problem when baking with PHILADELPHIA. And, it’s so delicious and creamy!

So when they asked me to join forces as a brand ambassador, it should not shock you that I said yes. I take my sponsored post opportunities very seriously, I only choose to work with brands that I love and use everyday anyways.

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars with a graham cracker base, creamy cheesecake filling and delicious cookie crunch.

And of course, PHILADELPHIA cream cheese makes an appearance in my baking often!

Today, I’m sharing one of my absolute favorite recipes. These Cheesecake bars were so good I couldn’t keep them in the house for fear of eating them all by myself! My husband’s work was fortunate enough to get a big plate of dessert at their staff meeting a few weeks ago!

Using my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and a graham cracker base, I whipped up a delicious cheesecake filling to nestle in the center! 

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars with a graham cracker base, creamy cheesecake filling and delicious cookie crunch.

And, as I said before, PHILADELPHIA cream cheese is delicious and creamy because it is made from fresh local milk and real wholesome cream, which makes it the perfect filling for these Chocolate Chip Cheesecake bars! PHILADELPHIA set up some high standards for themselves, in addition to being made with local milk and real cream, they go from farm to fridge in 6 days. There are no preservatives in the cream cheese bricks. And they use REAL ingredients in their flavors (like real jalapenos and crunchy pecans).

I like to make these cheesecake bars the night before serving. Or first thing in the morning. I think the more time the cheesecake filling has to cool and chill the better they taste! Which makes these perfect for your brunch or family gathering. You can make them ahead of time and have no stress about dessert. And because your cheesecake is covered in cookie dough, you don’t have to stress about cracks in your cheesecake!

So, have you planned your Easter or Spring brunch menu yet? Whether you are serving a traditional ham or going the vegetarian route, these Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars are sure to complement your main dish! I’m positive your family and friends will thank you.

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars with a graham cracker base, creamy cheesecake filling and delicious cookie crunch.

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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

Prep Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 24 large bars

Ingredients

    For the crust:
  • 2 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 18 full size grahams)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • For the cheesecake filling:
  • 2 pkg (8 oz each) PHILADELPHIA cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the cookie dough:
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tablespoon milk
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup milk chocolate morsels
  • 1 1/2 cup candy coated chocolate eggs (pastel chocolates)

Instructions

  1. Line a 13x9 baking dish with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. In a food processor, pulse graham crackers with sugar until fine crumbs. Drizzle in melted butter and pulse until combined.
  3. Pour graham crumbs into bottom of baking dish. Using palm of your hand (or bottom of a cup) press crumbs firmly until they are combined (and slightly hardened) in bottom of pan.
  4. For the cheesecake filling, beat cream cheese with sugar eggs and vanilla using the whisk attachment of an electric mixer. Beat until fluffy and smooth, about 3-5 minutes. Pour over graham crust.
  5. For the cookie dough, beat butter with sugars for 2 minutes, until combined. Add milk, egg and vanilla. Beat until mixed. Add in flour, salt and baking soda and mix until fully combined. Fold in chocolate chips and candy coated eggs. Drop by large scoop onto top of cheesecake layer. Try to use your fingertips to spread gently until cheesecake is covered completely.
  6. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes. Remove and cool completely. Once cooled, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Cut into squares and enjoy!!
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Jennie @themessybakerblog April 2, 2014 at 7:03 am

Gotta love Philly cream cheese. These bars look amazing! Pinned.
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aimee @ shugarysweets April 2, 2014 at 8:54 am

Thanks for pinning Jennie!!!
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Rachel @ Baked by Rachel April 2, 2014 at 7:24 am

Oh my gosh!! I need to start adding layers of cheesecake to my blondies and brownies ha. These are so fun!
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aimee @ shugarysweets April 2, 2014 at 8:55 am

I think I’m going to do it more often too. It was soooo good!! Thanks for the tweet too :)
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Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor April 2, 2014 at 7:31 am

Chocolate chip and cheesecake are the best combination! I love the gooeyness. Pinned and can’t wait to try them!
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aimee @ shugarysweets April 2, 2014 at 8:57 am

Thanks for Pinning Ashley!!! It WAS a delicious combo and I can’t wait to make them again too!!
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Melanie @ Carmel Moments April 2, 2014 at 7:59 am

I could definitely dig into one of these right now. Looks so creamy. Love adding cream cheese to desserts.
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aimee @ shugarysweets April 2, 2014 at 8:58 am

Thanks Melanie!! If I had any left I would totally share with you :)
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Lavender April 2, 2014 at 8:25 am

This looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try the recipe!
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Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon April 2, 2014 at 8:31 am

Love the spring colors in these, Aimee! They definitely wouldn’t last long in my house :)
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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life April 2, 2014 at 8:57 am

Since you know how I feel about cheesecake, it will be no surprise that I freaking love these!!! Cookie and cheesecake is the bomb!!! And with fun Easter colors hiding in there…so pretty!!!
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Erin | The Law Student's Wife April 2, 2014 at 9:17 am

Oh my heavens! This looks fab Aimee. Cream cheese for life!
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Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) April 2, 2014 at 11:21 am

These cheesecake bars are going to make my life right! I just know it. They are so perfect!
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Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 2, 2014 at 12:03 pm

These look incredible! I’m all about the sweets lately, and these lovely little cheesecake bars are calling my name. So delicious and decadent!
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Mir April 2, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Take two of my great loves, chocolate chip cookie and cheesecake, and throw them together! With big chocolate eggs, no less! You have made me very happy today. These look amazing!
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Meriem @ Culinary Couture April 2, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Philadelphia cream cheese is where it’s at! These look phenomenal!
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Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet April 2, 2014 at 7:19 pm

It’s okay I eat cream cheese with a spoon, right? Lol! Love the stuff and these bars!
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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust April 2, 2014 at 9:23 pm

These are fantastic Aimee! I LOVE cheesecake cookie bars, especially with Easter candy! I need to make my cheesecake. So many ideas….so little time!
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Julianne @ Beyond Frosting April 3, 2014 at 1:58 am

you are 100% correct. Philadelphia is the best! I eat the whipped cream cheese with a spoon!
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Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods April 3, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Wow, I could go for a plate of these and a big glass of milk. I love the cookie/ cheesecake combination. I’ve never mixed cookie and cheecake , but these look so good I have to try asap!
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aimee @ shugarysweets April 4, 2014 at 9:51 am

Thanks Cindy, it was a delicious choice, let me know if you try it :)

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Trish - Mom On Timeout April 4, 2014 at 4:30 pm

These look amazing Aimee! Cheesecake and cookies together is a slam dunk in my book!
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Jess @ On Sugar Mountain April 4, 2014 at 6:11 pm

Philadelphia Cream Cheese is just the freaking best!! and I love how you worked it into these cheesecake bars. How do we make cookies better? Add them to cheesecake! DESSERT TO THE MAX! :D
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Lyuba@willcookforsmiles April 9, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Perfect! It’s like my favorite cookies and my favorite desert put together!
Love Philadelphia, there is nothing like it!
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Jessica (Savory Experiments) April 15, 2014 at 7:47 am

Oh my- I’m in love! I like cheesecake in bars, makes it easier to eat!
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Betsy | JavaCupcake.com April 15, 2014 at 8:03 am

Serious amounts of DELICIOUS happening in these cookie bars!!!!
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Marly April 15, 2014 at 8:21 am

So beautiful! I definitely feel a vegan version of these coming over me!
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Beth @ The First Year April 15, 2014 at 8:28 am

This is nothing better than the chocolate chip cheesecake combo!! Have a great day Aimee!
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Robin @ Simply Southern Baking April 15, 2014 at 10:06 am

Oh my Aimee! These look so scrumptious…my sweet tooth just kicked in!
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julia April 15, 2014 at 2:09 pm

These look so tasty! I love cheesecake in bars!
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aimee @ shugarysweets April 15, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Thanks Julia, I’m a big fan myself!!

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Kelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom April 15, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Anything with cream cheese and I’m there. These look so yummy!
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