Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Bars

Yeah, I pretty much stuffed three desserts into one pan. And guess what? It tastes pretty freak’n awesome. The cheesecake acts as the mediator between the richness of the chocolate and the sweetness of the cookie dough.

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Bars

Seriously, I don’t know what came over me with this recipe. This bikini killer is super rich and decadent-it borders on disgustingly rich. Okay, that last part-not true at all, although that was Matt’s response when he first heard the description.

No taste testers on this one, so here’s my one sentence review: Party in your mouth. To follow that up, let me warn you this treat is going to get even better. That’s right I took it a step further, but the reveal will come tomorrow along with what inspired me to go kinda crazy on this one.

Until then make this as is or wait for the added embellishment that will ruin any workout efforts for the month. (Now posted here).

A few notes:

  • For this recipe I used ready made cookie dough. Gasp! I already got flak for it from two other bloggers when I Instagram-ed about it, but that’s what happens when you run out of your stuff and you are lazy.
  • To shortcut the time, you can try using boxed brownie mix. I haven’t tested this recipe doing that, so if someone does, please come back and let the rest of us know.
  • Don’t be intimidated by the 3 dessert component, as I mentioned you can use store bought cookie dough, boxed brownie (untested) and the cheesecake portion is a one bowl cheesecake recipe.
  • I forgot to use a foil sling for the pan, so don’t be like me. Sling your pan, it will be easier to remove the brownie.

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownies

Makes one 8×8 pan | Preparation: Create a foil sling by lining the pan with foil so that there is a one inch overhang on each side. Cover foil with bake spray.


Chocolate chip cookie dough

– ½ of 1 package Nestle Toll House pre-made cookie dough


8oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

Brownie (adapted from Alice Medrich)

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4oz. unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour


Cookie dough preparation

Crumble half of cookie dough mixture.

To make cheesecake

Add all ingredients in a bowl and beat until blended. Set aside.

To make brownie

  1. Place butter and chocolate in a double boiler or a bowl over simmering water. Stir frequently until mixture is melted. Remove chocolate mixture from heat and stir in sugar, vanilla and salt. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring until each is incorporated before adding the next. Stir in flour and beat with a wooden spoon until mixture is glossy about 1 minute. Set aside.


  1. Pour 3/4 of brownie mixture into pan. Layer cheesecake mixture on top. Sprinkle crumbled cookie dough on top of cheesecake layer. Pour remaining brownie mixture on top. Use a skewer or a fork and drag it through the brownie and cheesecake mixture to create a swirled top.
  2. Bake for about 30-40 minutes at 400 degrees F. Brownie will will be fudgy and cheesecake layer will be creamy.
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28 Responses to “Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Bars”

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    JulieD — April 5, 2012 @ 2:09 am

    This looks amazing and who cares that you used store-bought cookie dough…I’m definitely going to make this!!!


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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 5, 2012 @ 2:58 am

    These look awesome and I made cheesecake chocolate cake bars last week. I used, gasp, a Devil’s Food cake chocolate cake as the base, then doctored it up with cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, white and dark choc chips, and baked. As busy moms, we all do what we can and premade cookie dough (or a cake mix) still turns out fabulously!


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    Katrina @ Lardon My French — April 5, 2012 @ 3:08 am

    This is only the perfect combination of my two most favorite desserts! I can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks!!


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    Katrina @ Lardon My French — April 5, 2012 @ 3:10 am

    Oops… I mean three favorites!


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    Becca — April 5, 2012 @ 6:18 am

    This looks ah-mazing.


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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — April 5, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    Omg. These are heavenly! Yummmm!!


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    Cat — April 5, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    That looks pretty yummy! I’ll try it with homemade cookie dough to see what happens…


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    Julie @ Table for Two — April 5, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

    oh my gosh, these look amazing!!! I might make it this weekend for the in-laws..they’ll LOVE this!


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    Shannon — April 5, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

    These look amazing!!!


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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — April 5, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

    omg I love everything you do! You left such a sweet comment on my site! I wish we were neighbors. One day we are going to meet since we didn’t meet last year in NYC


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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — April 5, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

    HAHAHAHA! I could barely even look at this without the fear I’d gain a bazillion pounds. You create such pure, delicious evil, my friend. ;-)


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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — April 5, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

    party in your mouth lol. love it. totally showing hubs.


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    Erin — April 5, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

    Reminds me of the cookie dough cheesecake bars, but you took it a step up by making it brownie!


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    Cat — April 6, 2012 @ 2:36 am

    As soon as I recruit the help of a fork lift somewhere, maybe I can get my pan into the oven! Oh my, it’s heavy! I did make my own cookie dough (and adjusted it for high elevation); wasn’t sure how many ounces in a package of Nestle cookie dough, so just dropped the dough by half teaspoons onto the cheesecake mixture. Backing up a second, I did use a box cake mix and a recipe I found online to turn it into brownies. Are you sure the cookie dough should go on top of the cheesecake? I wasn’t able to swirl the cheesecake with the brownie mixture on top because the cookie dough was in the way. I’m cautious about the 400-deg. temp, but we’ll see how they turn out. This was fun, though. Thanks for the cool idea!


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    Cat — April 6, 2012 @ 2:38 am

    Oh – I made it in a 9×13 pan, so I’m not kidding about how heavy it is!


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    Cat — April 6, 2012 @ 4:24 am

    Next time I’ll try your brownie recipe. Nothing wrong with mine, but too much chocolate – there is much more lighter color in your brownies. And I’ll double the cheesecake recipe and put the cookie dough under the cheesecake mixture in order to get the whiter swirls on top. I had to lower the oven temp to 375 after 15 minutes, as the edges were starting to get burned; it took 40 minutes total. The insides look very nice… will have to have someone taste test them, as I dare not even take a chance. I suspect it’d be like eating one potato chip.


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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — April 6, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

    Girrrl, this is epitome of indulgence. MUST. HAVE.


  18. #
    Jeanette — April 6, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

    Beautiful photos!


  19. #
    Diane {Created by Diane} — April 7, 2012 @ 3:39 am

    all my favorites in one, WONDERFUL!!!


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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — April 9, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

    I DIE. How did it take me a week to read this recipe?! There is no such thing as disgustingly rich. I want them all for myself. :)


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    what katie's baking — April 9, 2012 @ 4:15 pm



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    Kristina — April 10, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

    haha I have absolutely nothing against store-bought cookie dough, best time saver ever. Plus these brownies look killer! Omygosh they look sooooo good!!! I’m glad I just got back from spring (no trying to squeeze into a bikini anymore!) these are next on my list! yum!


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    Meredith — April 13, 2012 @ 1:20 am

    I tried this recipe last week for easter and took to the Coast Guard station my husband is at and they were a big hit!!! Making these again for the girls at work this weekend!


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    Glory/ Glorious Treats — June 3, 2012 @ 10:54 pm

    Oh my, what have you done! These look incredible!


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    Boros Anna — March 21, 2013 @ 12:48 pm


    At first I thought: Oh my Gosh what an amazing receipe, I’m sure I can’t make it.
    Then a decided to give it a chance.
    I didn’t use store-made cookie dough, because in my country there isn’t any, so I made it myself.
    These brownies are incredibly delicious!!!!
    Party in your mouth… That’s exactly what I could say about this dessert.
    Thanks very much, for the receipe!!



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    Lily — May 27, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

    Can I make these in a cupcake pan? And how long do I cook them for? Thank you :)


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    Adaora — November 30, 2013 @ 3:38 pm

    It looks damn good to me. Ugh, wish I had the stuff to make this now!


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