Some Chocolate with that Cheesecake?

Yesterday was an absolute success.  My grandma was a hoot up at the outlets.  She is always so much fun to be around because she can make us laugh at just about anything.  She has also been a huge supporter of me and my career decision.  I really have to thank my mom for being my personal shopper and finding a number of clutch outfits for work in the fall.  Basically JCREW = the best store ever but who in the world created skinny pants?  Obviously they didn’t consult us runners for what would look good, but that’s another story.

IMG_9682_Fotor mWhen in doubt, shoes can make your life better, especially with animal print.  I love summer, but the harvest fall colors are oh so exciting 🙂 

Before I ramble on too much more, let’s dive into today’s sweet treat post.  I’ll be off to the beach with a few girlfriends (the ones from breakfast yesterday 🙂 and wanted to leave you with this tasty find.  I mean, chocolate + cheesecake?  Where could you ever go wrong?  My mom, sister, and I were on a Pinterest kick, looking for recipes to make that would satisfy a party’s sweet tooth but were different from the generic chocolate chip cookies.  Really, there is only so many times you can have the Tollhouse recipe at an event.

We made these this past weekend for a Claremont get-together and I also brought them over to a friends house where they were quickly devoured.  They even got a two-thumbs up from the man who rarely indulges in dessert.  I’ve got some ideas of how to spruce them up, alter the recipe and maybe even “healthify” it if you are ever so interested.  But for now, in all its glory, let me present the Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bar.  The picture below is not my own, I admit.  It, along with the recipe was created by the lovely Brandys Baking.

Recipe and photo credit goes to this lovely blogger here.

I didn’t do too much alteration, but have listed the recipe below anyways:

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars
~12 servings (depending on how large/small you cut them)
Time: about 20 minutes to prepare + 30 minutes baking and 2+ hours chill time



  • 1.5-2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 5 tbsp butter (melted)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough:

  • 5 tbsp butter (softened)
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 ts pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips

Cheesecake Filling:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


1. Set oven to 325 F.  Place a piece of parchment paper in a 8×8 or 9×9 baking tin and spray it with cooking spray.  This will allow you to take the bars out easily to cut and serve.
2. Combine the melted butter and graham cracker crumbs into the baking tin.  Set in the oven for about 6 minutes.
3. While the tin is in the oven, mix up the cookie dough.  Combine the butter, sugars, salt & vanilla.  Slowly add in the flour and then the chocolate chips. It will appear like little pebbles, so don’t worry.
4. Create the cream cheese layer and fold on top of the graham cracker crust.
5. Take bits of the cookie dough and either crumble it on top of the cream cheese layer or create small balls of dough and set on top.
6. Set in the oven for about 30 minutes or until it has set.  Allow the tin to cool and then place in the fridge until you are ready to cut and serve. (Must chill for at least 2 hours but best if it’s left overnight)
You know, I have to say I’ve been extremely fortunate this summer.  I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to explore new countries, new cities, bake, blog, and exercise as much as I please.  While I haven’t become an expert in any one area, I’ve enjoyed this sort of time off, this last hurrah before I enter the real world.  Back in January I had an internship set up for September.  It would not only allow me to take a few family trips, but it would set me up for learning a new city and more about the media industry, something I have had a passion for.  Well, the dice were thrown around a bit this summer and I certainly re-learned the lesson not to count your chicks before they hatch.
I was able to continue to network and research throughout the summer, amidst my baking and running plans, and am set on track for a different internship starting in September.  Many of you already know some of my plans, but I’ll keep you guessing for a few more days.  There will be some huge changes on my end of the blog, but I intend to keep the blog the same.  You may not understand the meaning of this yet, but it will become clear later in the week.  Until then, here’s a little advice from the sea.

3 thoughts on “Some Chocolate with that Cheesecake?

  1. Ok I know this post is about baking but I have to say, the anticipation is killing me!! I love doing clothes shopping with my mom. Especially when she’s paying 😉 I’m doing my internship shopping friday with her! are those Tory burch flats? If so, CUTE!

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