Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

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Don't you just love it when you stumble on simple dessert recipes that include cheesecake and cookies combined into one? This Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars recipe is so decadent especially if you’re a lover of cheesecake and chocolate chip cookies. All the flavors in this recipe make it an easy and delicious dessert that you can't go wrong with. Plus its relatively easy to put this recipe together. The creamy texture of the cheesecake is sandwiched between a delicious cookie dough that embedded with chocolate chips. You can also add other ingredients like marshmallow fluff, white chocolate chips, toffee bits, caramel sauce, butterscotch chips etc. A versatile recipe like this can be built with several layers using any of the above mentioned ingredients. For kids' birthday parties you could also add heart sprinkles and put dreamy, pink strawberry icing or raspberry jam between the layers. You can use different types of cheesecake pudding flavors like strawberry or French vanilla pudding mix. This dessert, by all means, is one of the most fun desserts that people of all age groups will enjoy.

Since this recipe has the cheesecake filling inside the bars, you will need to store them in the fridge in an airtight container. The cheesecake filling is also something that typically gains flavor as it ages in the fridge. So, these bars will taste the best after a day or two. Always keep in mind if you want a smooth, lump-free cheesecake, you will need to bring the cream cheese to room temperature. This helps in blending the remaining ingredients seamlessly and results in a smooth satin texture in cheesecake recipes. It is never a good idea to use a block of cheesecake from the fridge as it never blends well for the flavors to come out in the final result.

In this recipe, spreading the cookie dough onto the top of the cheesecake layer can be tricky. Just use your fingertips to spread the dough gently until covered. This way you can ensure that there is no goopy batter sitting on the filling and it also helps in baking the dessert evenly. You can use different types of crusts in this recipe such as ‘Digestive’ or ‘Rich Tea biscuits’, ladyfingers, shortbread, or any cookie that has a little cinnamon in it. Try using Oreos, Milk Arrowroots, Vanilla wafers, Graham crackers, soda crackers, etc., are all excellent options.

Feel free to replace the regular cookie dough with a gluten-free one if you are gluten intolerant or if you’d like to cut down the calories in this easy and delicious dessert. For a healthy option in this recipe, try to choose dark chocolate with at least 70 percent or more cacao in it instead of the regular chocolate. This ensures less sugar and processing in the dark chocolate and yields maximum health benefits. Dark chocolate is an excellent source of antioxidants, improves cardiovascular health and contains fiber and iron.

Squares and bars recipes like this one is a fun and creative way to serve dessert with a scoop of ice cream on the side. They also taste great alongside a cup of coffee. Thank you to Jamie at the Love Bakes Good Cakes recipe blog for sharing this Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars recipe with us. Do check out Jamie's blog for more simple dessert recipes. This delectable Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars recipe is exceptionally gratifying to your senses if you’re a cheesecake fanatic like most of us. Nothing can beat the lovely combination of two favorite food groups together. Chocolate and cheesecake all the way! Make this lovely recipe today!

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