Easy Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

An easy cream cheese filling sandwiched between two layers of chocolate chip cookie dough makes the BEST Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars.

Square chocolate chip cheesecake bar on white plate

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Recipe

Chocolate chip cookies with a cream cheese filling is the ultimate combination for easy dessert bars. These Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars couldn’t be easier to make. The soft and gooey cream cheese filling is irresistible in these cheesecake bars!

We have a super popular recipe on Pinterest – Churro Cheesecake Recipe – that substitutes the cookie dough for crescent roll dough. Wherever I take this recipe the dish is always empty, so I knew using refrigerated cookie dough would be just as good or better!

Thinking of our Farmhouse Chocolate Chip Cookies, I couldn’t wait to bite into these. The first time I made them I ate a warm piece and was surprised to find these cookie dough cheesecake bars taste better chilled. That means they taste better made ahead of time!

It’s nice to have easy make-ahead desserts like these, our Black Bottom Cupcakes that also taste best served chilled, Cheesecake Cookie Bars and Blackberry Jam Cake as options to make the day before and take to family meals, parties or holidays.

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Refrigerator cookie dough rolled out in baking pan to make chocolate chip cheesecake bars

This recipe also makes me crave our other recipes with chocolate chips like Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies, Chocolate Yum Yum, and Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bar Cookies.

Tips for Making Cheesecake Cookie Bars

  • A 30-ounce family size roll of cookie dough can be split in half to fill a 9 x 13-inch pan, a smaller 16-ounce roll will work in an 8 x 8 square pan
  • We like to buy refrigerator cookie dough, but frozen dough can be used too
  • Be sure cream cheese is softened well before mixing up this recipe
  • Cookie dough is easier to press and shape when chilled compared to using room temperature dough
Stack of chocolate chip cheesecake cookie bars with gooey filling on white plate

What’s Needed to Make Cheesecake Cookie Bars

  • Chocolate chip cookie dough
  • Cream cheese
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla

How to Make Cookie Dough Cheesecake

Lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan and preheat the oven to 350° F. Prepare ingredients, there are eggs in the recipe, but I forgot to include them in the picture below.

Ingredients needed to make chocolate chip cheesecake cookie bars

A family size roll of cookie dough is about 30 ounces and regular rolls are about 16 ounces.  We cut the portion of dough were working with in half and continue cutting each piece in half until we have an amount that will fit evenly in the baking dish.  I start to press the dough out in my hands then lay in the bottom of the pan and finish pressing out to cover the bottom of the pan as best as I can. 

Thin layer of refrigerator chocolate chip cookie dough in 9 x 13 baking pan

Using an electric mixer beat the softened cream cheese well.   

Cream cheese beaten in electric mixing bowl

Then mix in sugar, eggs and vanilla. Scrape the bowl with a spatula and mix well again.

Creamy cheesecake bar filling in mixing bowl

Use the same spatula to spread the delicious and creamy filling over top of the pressed layer of cookie dough.

Cream cheese filling spread over bottom layer of chocolate chip cookie dough

Press out remaining cookie dough and spread as evenly as possible over the top of the cream cheese filling.

Second layer of cookie dough spread on top of cream cheese filling in 9 x 13 pan

Bake at 350°F and check around the 30 – 35 minute range. If the cookie dough hasn’t fully baked it may need another 5 – 10 minutes to finish browning and baking.

9 x 13 pan of Choc Chip Cheesecake Bar with cream cheese oozing up the edges around cookie dough

These cookie dough dessert bars taste really good warm, but they taste AMAZING after being chilled.

Other Delicious Cookie Bar Recipes:

Printable Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Stack of chocolate chip cookie cheesecake bars on white plate with red napkin

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

Servings 24 bars
Author: Jennifer
An easy cream cheese filling sandwiched between two layer of chocolate chip cookie dough makes the BEST Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 30 ounce package chocolate chip cookie dough
  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Slice package of cookie dough in half. Cut half of the roll into 8 slices and press out with hands to fill the bottom of a lightly greased 9 x 13 baking pan.
  • Mix cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla. Spread on top of cookie dough.
  • Slice remaining cookie dough and repeat to create top layer of cookie bars.
  • Bake in a 350°F oven until cookie dough is done about 30 – 35 minutes.

Notes

  • A 30-ounce family size roll of cookie dough can be split in half to fill a 9 x 13-inch pan, a smaller 16-ounce roll will work in an 8 x 8 square pan
  • We like to buy refrigerator cookie dough, but frozen dough can be used too
  • Be sure cream cheese is softened well before mixing up this recipe
  • Cookie dough is easier to press and shape when chilled compared to using room temperature dough

Nutrition

Calories: 190kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 106mgPotassium: 55mgFiber: 1gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 23IUCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg

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