M&M Cheesecake Bars

These M&M Cheesecake Bars have a sweet graham cracker crust, creamy cheesecake filling, and a chocolate chip cookie dough packed with M&M’s on top!

These M&M Cheesecake Bars have a sweet graham cracker crust, creamy cheesecake filling, and a chocolate chip cookie dough packed with M&M's on top!

I have an obsession with cheesecake bars. From the very first one I made many years ago, this Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bar…to this Snickerdoodle version that went viral immediately!

Don’t even ask me to choose a favorite, because I don’t think I could do it. Each flavor is unique and special, and serves a purpose depending on your mood!

Feeling like you need chocolate? Say hello to these Chocolate Cheesecake BarsThe holidays will be here before you know it, make sure you have something special ready…maybe one of these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars for Fall, or an Eggnog Cheesecake Bar for Christmas. Seriously, there is so much to love, and so many flavor possibilities!

Lemon, Pecan Pie, Cherry Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, and Peanut Butter…which will YOU choose?

These M&M Cheesecake Bars have a sweet graham cracker crust, creamy cheesecake filling, and a chocolate chip cookie dough packed with M&M's on top!

A few tips about making these M&M Cheesecake Bars:

  • Do NOT use store bought graham cracker crumbs. Blech. No. Use a food processor and make your own crust. You’ll thank me. It’s so much better. There is just an off taste with those pre-made graham cracker crumbs.
  • Line your baking dish with parchment paper (or foil). It makes cutting these bars so much easier. After chilling, you just lift the entire dessert out of the pan and onto a large cutting board. Cut into desired sized bars. Speaking of which, these are very rich….so while in my photos I made big bars, I actually cut those in half for serving!
  • Don’t be scared when you remove these from the oven and they are a big jiggly. That’s just the cheesecake layer. If your oven is working properly, these will take about 30-35 minutes (they will be nicely browned like a cookie should be)! Cool completely on the counter.
  • Finally…REFRIGERATE. You want to chill these bars completely. I recommend overnight, but if you can’t wait that long, at least 4 hours. There is nothing worse than biting into warm cheesecake. These bars are worth the wait!
  • Okay, now finally, use your favorite flavor M&M’S for a fun treat. I used the original milk chocolate…but peanut would be great, or mint, or the new caramel would be yummy too! ENJOY!

These M&M Cheesecake Bars have a sweet graham cracker crust, creamy cheesecake filling, and a chocolate chip cookie dough packed with M&M's on top!

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Yield: 24 large bars

M&M Cheesecake Bars

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours 5 minutes

These M&M Cheesecake Bars have a sweet graham cracker crust, creamy cheesecake filling, and a chocolate chip cookie dough packed with M&M's on top!

Ingredients

FOR THE CRUST:

  • 2 1/2 cups 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
  • 1 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 cups M&M'S (I used milk chocolate, but any flavor would be delicious)

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 M&M'S. 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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These M&M Cheesecake Bars have a sweet graham cracker crust, creamy cheesecake filling, and a chocolate chip cookie dough packed with M&M's on top!

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Posted on August 7, 2017

Comments & Reviews

  1. the recipe came out perfect .. so good.. we did cut it when it was worm because we couldn’t wait 4 hrs or over night worm is amazing mmm thanks for sharing love the recipe this one is a keeper .. if you haven’t made it please do kids would love it

  2. I am not a baker and still learning . I followed the recipe to the very last instruction.  This did not come out well . The cookie dough was uncooked in some places  . the quantity is too much . Was not layered as it appears in the pictures .
    I should have thought before – cookies & cheese cake. Not the greatest combination.
    Unfortunately, I had  to chuck it in the bin . 

  3. The same thing happened to me Julie! I just put them in the oven, I hope they turn out! I do have to say I’m not a baker at all but these looked so yummy I had to try! 

  4. I made these this morning. The cheesecake layer was very light and also more liquid than the cookie dough. As soon as I scooped it on top it just sunk. There was no spreading it around either. There are no distinct layers but more of a crust with a swirled top.

    1. Hmmm, the cheesecake layer definitely should not be liquid. I’ve made cheesecake bars (and various version for years) and it’s for sure sturdy enough for cookie dough on top. Maybe double check your ingredients? Sorry!

    2. if i may say maybe the cheese you are using wasn’t a good one sometimes cream cheese can do that or u for got something.. mine came out perfect ..or maybe you didn’t mix it long-enough .. me and my 12 year old made it and it come out perfect and its amazing

  5. Oh yes ! My son’s favourite ingredients ! Could you imagine the look on his face after I take the plate loaded with these bars out, after lunch !?! 🙂

  6. Oh hunny, I am following you everywhere I can to get a peek at all of your yummy treats! These look incredible and I personally want to thank you for making these so I have a good excuse to work out. I am definitely making these! You have a new food blogger friend in me!

  7. All I can say is omg! These look soo amazing. Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts and although I’m not much of a baker I could totally see myself making these. Going to pin now. Thanks for sharing!

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