Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars (yepp)

As I’ve said before, I have really started to enjoy cooking or baking goods when company or visitors come to town, metaphorically or literally. I think this is in large part because I try to celebrate the small things in life because it makes everything more fun.

SO – my parents are coming to town / are actually en route to visit me as I type. As you should expect by now, I’m so excited!, and last night I did some baking. My hope is that I can keep them off my blog long enough today that they won’t see this post and know what I’m planning to serve for our dessert tonight… but I’ll take my chances.

Let’s talk about chocolate chip cookie dough and cheesecake bars, thanks to My Baking Addiction.

It’s a relatively involved recipe (compared to most I’ve tried), but I wouldn’t shy away from it!

First you make the graham cracker crust –

And after baking it for six minutes (or so), you “pour” over the cheesecake batter.

In theory, you should be able to smooth the batter over the crust pretty easily, but mine got a bit messy. I wanted to call my mom to ask for pointers (put the spreader under warm water or something), but that would have given away the surprise.

So I got this, instead.

Then, you smooth the cookie dough over the cheesecake batter (to hide all imperfections). My cookie dough turned out a bit differently, and I attribute this to the fact that instead of 3/4 cup all-purpose flower, I used 1/4 cup all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour. The texture may have changed, but the finished product was fantastic. (Trust me!)

Bake them at 325 until the top looks golden and it seems firm when you shake the pan. Remove from pan and put on cooling rack. Cut into desired shapes and/or sizes.

Then use your iPhone camera to emulate finished product food photography like you’ve seen on pinterest.

Oh, and share with everyone you know because they’re too rich to eat all by yourself.

Plan for tonight is to serve them warm with vanilla ice cream after our sure-to-be delectable dinner at Malatesta.

More to come on this weekend’s adventures!

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