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Butterscotch Cheesecake Topped Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I am kind of over pumpkin.

‘Tis the season for the pumpkin latte, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin mac and cheese, pumpkin oatmeal, and pumpkin EVERYTHING. I swear if I see another pumpkin recipe I may start punching things. It isn’t that I dislike pumpkin – in fact I really like it – but SO many people have jumped on the pumpkin bandwagon this year I fear we have reached critical pumpkin mass! I have never been much of a joiner, band wagon jumper, or trend follower so if I see the crowd saying pumpkin I say … butterscotch! And chocolate, and cheesecake, and cookies! Yes, I want to have it all, as long as it isn’t pumpkin. That’s how I roll. This cookie/cheesecake mash-up was inspired by my love of brown sugar. That stuff is like magic because it imparts lovely caramel notes to whatever it is added to. Don’t believe me? Try making chocolate chip cookies with white sugar only. Hint – BORING! These bars use brown sugar to maximum effect in both the base – a moist and chewy chocolate chip pan cookie – and the creamy cheesecake topping.

A few things I think you need to know about this recipe, in no particular order. First, I recommend you really blend the cream cheese and brown sugar VERY well when making the topping. You want the topping to be silky smooth, and the only way to achieve that is to make sure every last crystal of brown sugar has dissolved. Second, bittersweet chocolate chips make a superb contrast to the sweetness of the cheesecake and cookie, but if you prefer another kind of chip feel free to use it. Finally, there is no need for a water bath for this recipe, but if you are worried about the cheesecake topping cracking add a glass pie dish filled with 1/4 cup water to the oven while it heats. The steam it creates will provide extra anti-crack insurance – but I did not have any issues with cracking so I would not concern myself with it too much. These are a lovely little dessert or snack, and you can gussy them up with a drizzle of chocolate if you want to make them even fancier.

Butterscotch Cheesecake Topped Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 16
 
Ingredients
  • For the base:
  • ⅓ cup butter, at room temperature
  • ⅓ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg, fridge cold
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup bittersweet-sweet chocolate chips
  • For the topping:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ⅓ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 350 F and spray an 8×8-inch square pan with non-stick cooking spray. Line the pan with parchment paper, leaving a three inch overhang on either side of the pan, and spray the paper with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In the work bowl of a stand mixer, or in a medium bowl with a hand mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar, and sugar on low speed until well combined but not fluffy, about 1 minute. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until the mixture is smooth.
  3. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the sifted dry ingredients into the butter mixture and beat on low speed until the flour is just combined, about 30 seconds, then add the chocolate chips and mix until the chips are well distributed, about 30 seconds more. Press the dough evenly into the prepared pan and set aside.
  4. In the work bowl of a food processor combine the cream cheese, brown sugar, and cornstarch. Process until the brown sugar has completely dissolved, about 3 minutes, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the egg, sour cream, and vanilla and process until well combined, about 30 seconds.
  5. Pour the cheesecake mixture over the top of the bars. Rap the pan lightly on the counter to release any air bubbles. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the cheesecake is firm at the edges but the center is still slightly wobbly. Remove the pan from the oven and cool completely to room temperature, then chill for 4 hours or overnight. Once chilled use the excess parchment to remove the cookie from the pan. Cut into 16 pieces.

Enjoy!

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11 Responses to “Butterscotch Cheesecake Topped Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars”

  1. Paula says:

    These look amazing and I love how you roll!

  2. Kim McCallie says:

    I agree with you about being over pumpkin. It has over-saturated the blogging world. I can only imagine the kind of damage the Gingerbread Oreos will do :) These bars look great to me. I’m a big fan of brown sugar and the caramel or butterscotch flavor it produces.

  3. I am so not over pumpkin. I still have ideas for pumpkin everything and I don’t think I’ll stop until December 1 when I switch to gingerbread everything. :( I’m just so excited! When I’m not obsessing over pumpkin, butterscotch is my favorite. It’s depressing that we don’t have butterscotch, brown sugar or molasses to make brown sugar over here. Pain in the butt! These bars look amazing. A great combination of flavors. :)

  4. Esi says:

    HA! My post yesterday starts off almost the same exact way…except it’s about a pumpkin dish :/ I am having a major cheesecake craving and these simple bars may be the way to cure it.

  5. I’m still loving pumpkin, but I definitely want these bars and I’m with you on the love of brown sugar! Makes everything better.

  6. Ha! I have been kind of ODing on pumpkin! These look yummy and I haven’t done the butterscotch thing in a while. I’ll make these this weekend!

  7. Andrea says:

    Perhaps I am missing it, but what makes these butterscotch?

  8. Kelly says:

    Andrea – Butterscotch is the brown sugar flavor. That is what makes homemade butterscotch pudding taste so good! It has a caramel flavor that, after cooking, tastes slightly buttery. Thanks!

  9. ok…YUM!! i could definitely eat several of those!

  10. geez two in one.
    very creative
    how I love this!

  11. Elizabeth says:

    can I use my Kitchen aid stand mixer instead of the food processor? I do not have one handy, but would love to make these little delights!

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