Cheesecake Cookie Bars

I did a whole lot of cooking this weekend. I’m all cooked out. I spent the whole day saturday and sunday in the kitchen prepping for a big week. I’ve got a few dinner parties, a boat load of meetings, Valentine’s Day, and some other fun things to tend to. And I don’t know about you, but when I have a busy week coming up, it helps when I cook up a storm before the madness begins. That way, I know that no matter what happens, there is something to eat in the fridge that we can whip out and heat up for dinner.

Valentine's Day Cheesecake Cookie Bars

I roasted some potatoes, created my new favorite kind of carrots (recipe to come soon), threw some BBQ chicken in the slow cooker and then I made these Cheesecake Cookie Bars. And while everything else I made got 2 thumbs up from Thomas, it was these Cheesecake Cookie Bars that really stole the show. I can’t even deal. I seriously am considering sending them to work with him tomorrow because knowing me, they will all be gone within 24 hours. I just can’t help myself. I combined a WAY easy cheesecake recipe with my favorite Valentine’s Day themed m&m cookies and voila… Cheesecake Cookie Bars that are dotted with colorful milk chocolate m&m’s. They are delish. And a really fun V-Day themed treat to bring into the office or bake up for your sweetie if you’re planning anything like that this year. I’ll probably devour all of these, and then make some more for Valentine’s Day. And then I’ll do a juice cleanse next week. Everything in moderation right? (my mom is probably shaking her head at me right now)

Valentine's Cheesecake Cookie Bars

So make these and indulge a bit. Because it’s Valentine’s Day week… the biggest Hallmark Holiday of them all… and then go buy yourself some flowers because you deserve it!

Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Ingredients

    For the Cookie Layer
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 bag of milk chocolate m&m's
  • For the Cheesecake Layer
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

    For the Cookie Layer
  1. Cream together the butter and sugars in a large stand mixer for 3 minutes.
  2. Add the eggs and vanilla, making sure to scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl.
  3. Add the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder and mix on low until everything is incorporated. Toss in a handful of the m&m's and mix for a quick second. Chill the dough while you make the cheesecake layer
  4. For the Cheesecake Layer
  5. Whip together the cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla for 3 minutes until everything is evenly combined and smooth.
  6. To assemble
  7. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  8. Line a 9x13 baking pan with tin foil and spray it with non-stick baking spray.
  9. Press 1/2 of the cookie dough mixture into the bottom of the pan to make 1 even layer.
  10. Spread the cheesecake mixture on top of the cookie dough.
  11. Crumble and sprinkle the remaining cookie dough on top of the cheesecake mixture and then sprinkle with the remaining m&m.s
  12. Place it into the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes until the cookie dough is golden brown. The inner part of the dish might look a bit jiggly, but not to fear. Once the Cheesecake Cookie Bars have baked, remove them from the oven and let them cool on the counter for 30 minutes. Then transfer them to the fridge and cool completely for at least 2 hours. Cut and serve as needed.
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38 thoughts on “Cheesecake Cookie Bars

  1. Mine are in the oven right now! Cannot wait to share with my 3 boys tomorrow for Valentine’s Day. They look delicious.

    Thanks Gaby!

    • Hi Elyse – hmmmmm no I didn’t change anything when I made them. Have you let them cool for a bit? They will shrink down a bit as they cool. The sides of mine did get a bit thicker – but not so thick that it would make a huge difference. Let me know!

  2. I’ve just pulled mine out of the oven, so haven’t tasted yet. They smell and look delicious! I followed the recipe exactly, but put them in a 9×13 pan, and let my daughter have enough dough to make 2 large sugar cookies to decorate, and it STILL almost overflowed the 9X13 pan. I can’t imagine cooking this in a 9X9. It’s okay with me… more cookies to enjoy!

  3. Loved the flavors but lots of challenges in the baking. I felt there was way too much batter for a 9×9 pan but followed the instructions exactly. The bake time was way off and they were not done at 40 minutes, I went 50 and they were “jiggly” as stated so removed them, but found lots of under cooked (pretty much raw) areas when cutting the bars. The edges puffed way up and the center completely fell in after removing from the oven so I ended up with very few bars that were edible and presentable. A bigger pan could have made all the difference in the overall success of these. I really regret not using a 9×13. But going back to flavor, unbelievable good. My son and I really enjoyed these and would attempt again in the bigger pan.

  4. Wow! These look just lovely. I also did a lot of baking and cooking this week…and I’m ready for some take-out. Then again, I might just have to make a batch of these! I’m glad I found your blog! So many great treats here. Thank you for sharing!

  5. These look so yummy! I’m from UK and so M&Ms aren’t so easily sourced (apart from M&M World) so does anyone know if I can just substitute the M&Ms for Smarties? They are just milk chocolate balls covered in a coloured sugar shell? THANKYOU!

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