Red Velvet Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

These Red Velvet Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are delicious! Chewy chocolate chip cookie surrounds and an easy red velvet cheesecake layer, combining two great desserts into one!

Red Velvet Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars - Chewy chocolate chip cookie surrounds red velvet cheesecake! Easy to make and great for Valentines Day!


Red Velvet Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars - Chewy chocolate chip cookie surrounds red velvet cheesecake! Easy to make and great for Valentines Day!

So maybe you’re glad football season is over? If for no other reason than because you won’t have to hear me talk about it anymore. 🙂 I mean surely you had to know the Big Game would come up. I mean that was brutal. There’s just no other way to describe it. Not exactly the blaze of glory I was hoping they’d go out in.

But you gotta hand it to the Broncos. Their defense came to play. That game was definitely the battle of the defenses and while ours did well too, the Broncos’ just did better. Heartbreaking, really. The Panthers are officially 0-2 on the Big Game and after such an awesome season, a final win would have been the cherry on my big, fat cake.

But now that that’s over, it’s time for Valentine’s Day. The holidays and what-not just keep coming. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up. I’ve already shared several treat options with you, and I’ve got one more today. I figure after a tough loss, I could use one more day of love. 🙂

And these bars have my love all over them.

Red Velvet Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars - Chewy chocolate chip cookie surrounds red velvet cheesecake! Easy to make and great for Valentines Day!
Red Velvet Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars - Chewy chocolate chip cookie surrounds red velvet cheesecake! Easy to make and great for Valentines Day!

With all the cake I’ve been baking for the cookbook lately, the last thing I crave is more cake. I literally had 2 batches of cupcakes and 4 layered cakes in our house this weekend. I’ve given so much cake away over the last 8 months, there are very few people who still want cake. It’s crazy. Good thing my mom likes for me to give her frozen cake for her to share with people. She’s been getting A LOT.

So rather than wanting cake lately, cookies are the first thing I go for. These bars were right up my alley. I love the chewy cookie. And when you add cheesecake to the middle, it makes the cookie even more soft and chewy. Plus, red velvet. And cheesecake. So good.

And making them is nice and easy. Just make the cookie dough and the cheesecake filling. Spread a little more than half of the cookie dough into the bottom of a 9 inch square pan. Spread the cheesecake evenly on top, then crumble the remaining cookie dough on top. The cheesecake might not be completely covered, but the cookie dough will spread a bit on top while baking.

Bars are so great because you can just cut them up and serve them. They’re easy to grab when you want a treat and easy to transport if you want to share and take them somewhere. I’m a fan. And they totally satisfied my cookie craving. 🙂

Red Velvet Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars - Chewy chocolate chip cookie surrounds red velvet cheesecake! Easy to make and great for Valentines Day!
Red Velvet Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars - Chewy chocolate chip cookie surrounds red velvet cheesecake! Easy to make and great for Valentines Day!

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Red Velvet Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars recipe
Recipe

Red Velvet Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

  • Yield: 9-12 Bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

A chewy chocolate chip cookie surrounds an easy red velvet cheesecake layer, combining two great desserts into one.


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Ingredients

COOKIE LAYER

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips , divided (1/4 cup on top)

CHEESECAKE LAYER

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp red food color

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9 inch square pan with aluminum foil that goes up the sides. You can use the aluminum foil to lift the bars out of the pan when done.
2. Cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.
3. Mix in egg and vanilla extract.
4. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a medium sized bowl.
5. With the mixer on low speed, add flour mixture to butter mixture.
6. Stir in 1 cup of chocolate chips.
7. To make the cheesecake filling, beat the cream cheese and sugar together until smooth.
8. Add the egg and mix until smooth.
9. Add the cocoa, vinegar and red color and mix until smooth.
10. Spread just over half of the cookie dough into an even layer in the bottom of the pan.
11. Spread cheesecake mixture evenly over cookie base.
12. Crumble the remaining cookie dough on top of the cheesecake, then sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips.
13. Bake for 25-28 minutes. Edges should be lightly browned, center may still be a bit jiggly but will firm as it cools.
14. Allow to cool completely before slicing. Store in covered container in refrigerator.


Enjoy!

Red Velvet Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars - Chewy chocolate chip cookie surrounds red velvet cheesecake! Easy to make and great for Valentines Day!

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11 Comments
  1. Lori Pomeroy

    My red velvet center also was gooey – but I was fine with that! I put them in the fridge and they firmed up somewhat only because of the temp. My cream cheese was very soft – I had let it sit out most of the day, so I wondered if that was the issue. Whatever – they were delicious! I will make these again, and again!

    1. Lindsay

      I would just try adding a little more baking time the next time you make them. I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

  2. Jessica

    Okay, so I tried to make these delicious looking bars. I followed the recipe exactly. They never did set up. The center was so gooey, that even when they cooled, it was still like dough in the pan. I used foil to line my 9 inch square pan, preheat my oven , and baked them 10 extra minutes, all to no success. Is there something I did wrong? I am determined to make these, and to figure out what went wrong. Do you have any suggestions?

    1. Lindsay

      That seems strange. They should definitely firm up. When you say they were cooled, was it at room temperature or in the fridge? They would definitely need to be in the fridge to be firm (which I’m assuming you did). Other than that, I’m really not sure what would cause them to not set.

  3. elizabeth@top cookware online

    Wow!  This recipe is fantastic!  I made it to celebrate Chocolate Chip Cookie day.  Soft and gooey cookie with a creamy chocolate frosting.  Amazing!  Sally, I have loved all of your recipes that I’ve made!  Your blog is my go-to for recipes.  Thanks so much for sharing.  

  4. Ashley

    This looks lovely! Would the cheesecake be ruined if I omit the vinegar? I can’t stomach the smell and avoid at all cost.

  5. Heather @Bostongirlbakes

    Love this cookie bar combo 🙂 then again red velvet and chocolate chip cookie..what’s not to love??

  6. Mir

    You have my condolences on the game, but yeah. It was all about defense, and the Broncos just kept shutting it down. It was amazing to watch, even if they weren’t your team. The Panthers will rise again!
    These are the most beautiful cookie bars! That red in the middle is just fantastic.

  7. taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    Okay, now you’ve done it… I’m officially drooling over this AMAZING dessert masterpiece of yours! I love love the idea of the two desserts together and it looks oh so good I can’t even contain myself! I’d eat the whole pan I swear it 😉 

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