The BEST Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars Recipe

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

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

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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! 

These Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars are the perfect way to use up some of that holiday Easter candy too. Toss in a handful of colorful M&M’s candies to the cookie dough for a sweet surprise!

How to make Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

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

Line a 13×9 baking dish with parchment paper. This helps you remove them easily from the pan and cut into nice squares. Set pan aside.

PRO TIP: To get the parchment paper to stay in place while preparing the dish, use mini clothespins or binder clips to secure parchment paper to pan. Remove before baking!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a food processor, pulse graham crackers with sugar until fine crumbs. Drizzle in the melted butter and pulse until combined.

Pour graham cracker crumbs into bottom of baking dish. Using the palm or your hand, or bottom of a measuring cup, press crumbs firmly into the bottom of the dish.

For the cheesecake filling, beat cream cheese with sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract using the whisk attachment on your mixer. Beat until fluffy and smooth, about 3-5 minutes. Pour over graham cracker crust.

For the cookie dough, beat butter with sugars for 2 minutes until combined. Add in milk, egg, and vanilla extract.

Beat until mixed. Add in flour, salt, and baking soda and mix until fully combined. Fold in chocolate chips and candies. 

Drop by large scoop onto the top of the cheesecake layer. Try to use your fingertips to gently spread over the cheesecake layer, until completely covered.

Bake for 30-35 minutes. Remove and cool completely. Once cooled, cover with plastic wrap or foil and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. 

Cut into bars and enjoy!

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

Tips for making Cheesecake Bars

  • Use a food processor (or a ziploc bag and a meat pounder) to process your graham crackers into a fine crumb. DO NOT use the store bought graham crumbs. I personally think the flavor of those is “off” and I can tell the difference in the two!
  • Use parchment paper to line your 13×9 baking dish. Not only does it help with clean up…but once these are complete, you can lift the whole batch out of the pan to slice them. This helps keep them looking uniform and pretty (not smashed and uneven).
  • 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 recipe!

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

How Do You Make a Cheesecake Bar?

Whether you want to make today’s Chocolate Chip Cheesecake bars or another flavor, I have just what you’re looking for!

A traditional Perfect Vanilla Cheesecake is made in a springform pan. But cheesecake bars can be made in square baking dishes or 9×13 pans! So easy to bake and cut!

MORE CHEESECAKE BAR RECIPES:

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

Shopping List for Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

If you want to make life simple, feel free to purchase a delicious, good quality, refrigerated cookie dough for the topping. Homemade is always best, but sometimes fast is better.

  • 18 Full Size Graham Crackers
  • Sugar
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Cream Cheese
  • Large Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Light Brown Sugar
  • Milk
  • All-purpose Flour
  • Kosher Salt
  • Baking Soda
  • Milk Chocolate Morsels
  • Candy Coated Chocolate 

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Yield: 24 large bars

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours

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

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) 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.
  6. Add in flour, salt and baking soda and mix until fully combined.
  7. Fold in chocolate chips and candy coated eggs.
  8. Drop by large scoop onto top of cheesecake layer. Try to use your fingertips to spread gently until cheesecake is covered completely.
  9. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes. Remove and cool completely.
  10. Once cooled, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Cut into squares and enjoy!!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 339 Total Fat: 14g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 59mg Sodium: 167mg Carbohydrates: 50g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 33g Protein: 3g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

Recipe originally published April 2, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars have a graham cracker crust, sweet cheesecake filling and topped with chocolate chip cookie dough. Baked to perfection.

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48 comments on “The BEST Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars Recipe”

  1. Gotta love Philly cream cheese. These bars look amazing! Pinned.

  2. Oh my gosh!! I need to start adding layers of cheesecake to my blondies and brownies ha. These are so fun!

  3. Chocolate chip and cheesecake are the best combination! I love the gooeyness. Pinned and can’t wait to try them!

  4. I could definitely dig into one of these right now. Looks so creamy. Love adding cream cheese to desserts.

  5. This looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try the recipe!

  6. Love the spring colors in these, Aimee! They definitely wouldn’t last long in my house 🙂

  7. 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!!!

  8. Oh my heavens! This looks fab Aimee. Cream cheese for life!

  9. These cheesecake bars are going to make my life right! I just know it. They are so perfect!

  10. These look incredible! I’m all about the sweets lately, and these lovely little cheesecake bars are calling my name. So delicious and decadent!

  11. 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!

  12. Philadelphia cream cheese is where it’s at! These look phenomenal!

  13. It’s okay I eat cream cheese with a spoon, right? Lol! Love the stuff and these bars!

  14. 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!

  15. you are 100% correct. Philadelphia is the best! I eat the whipped cream cheese with a spoon!

  16. 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!

  17. These look amazing Aimee! Cheesecake and cookies together is a slam dunk in my book!

  18. 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! 😀

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  20. Perfect! It’s like my favorite cookies and my favorite desert put together!
    Love Philadelphia, there is nothing like it!

  21. Oh my- I’m in love! I like cheesecake in bars, makes it easier to eat!

  22. Serious amounts of DELICIOUS happening in these cookie bars!!!!

  23. So beautiful! I definitely feel a vegan version of these coming over me!

  24. This is nothing better than the chocolate chip cheesecake combo!! Have a great day Aimee!

  25. Oh my Aimee! These look so scrumptious…my sweet tooth just kicked in!

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  27. These look so tasty! I love cheesecake in bars!

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

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  32. Laurie

    What would you suggest replacing the candy coated chocolate eggs with if I can’t find them this time of year?

  33. Everyone in my house loved it! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  34. Love the balance of soft and crunchy in these bars; they look and sound delicious!

  35. Courtney O'Dell

    These bars were so easy and delicious, can’t wait to make them again!

  36. My kids LOVE these bars and they’re so easy!

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