Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

First of all, hi.

Second of all, help.

Thirdly, put one of these in your mouth asap.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

Peanut butter chocolate chip cookie cheesecake bars. -→ I know it. The name is way too long. But I can’t think straight or see straight or do anything normal right now, except I can see the fridge, and I’m thinking there are maybe three bars left in there right now? Given my current state, it is for surely necessary to list every yummy layer of this creamy crumbly peanut buttery cookie bar in its name. A heaping scoop of peanut butter, a whole lotta chocolate chip cookie, and obvi the cheesecake?

Here, have another one.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

These bars did a little number on me.

A little number I like to call didn’t-eat-any-real-food-all-day.

And how-is-half-the-pan-gone-already, and I’ll-just-even-out-this-row, and maybe-my-neighbor-doesn’t-need-all-four-of-those.

cookie cheesecake bars

You know those dessert bars that you make with full intentions to bring to chess club or soap making class or your apartment guards, but then you find yourself washing out the empty pan and realizing that you never really shared them? At. All? That’s these and that person is me.

I’m sure you can do better, though, and I’m sure your “friends” will love these.

Right? Oh yes, baby. I’m right.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

4.8 from 19 reviews
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars
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Serves: 20
  • 1 stick butter, unsalted (1/2 cup), softened
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ⅓ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt (less if you don't like salty/sweet)
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  1. Make the cookie dough: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream the butter, sugars, and peanut butter until smooth and fluffy. Add the egg and beat until incorporated. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture in with the butter and sugar, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the oats and chocolate chips.
  2. Make the cheesecake filling: Cream the cream cheese, egg, sugar, and vanilla until smooth.
  3. Press half to two-thirds of the cookie dough in the bottom of a 9-inch square baking dish. Pour the cheesecake filling over the dough. Crumble the remaining dough and sprinkle over the top, OR roll it into a flat layer and place it over the cheesecake layer.
  4. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes; remove foil and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until tops is lightly browned and cheesecake layer is set. Serve warm or cold and store leftover bars in refrigerator.

PS. As if I really eat these with a fork. Pshh. The things we do for pictures.

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  1. Haha. Your fork comment. And sadly I know the no-real-f00d-all-day-days all too well.

    And these look like the gooiest, most awesome bars ever. Gooooey.

  2. I need one…!

  3. Oh…my stars. I’m going to make these and not share them. All because you said it was okay. :)

  4. Mrs. Herb says:

    Wow. That’s all I can say. Peanut butter and cheesecake are literally two of the mister’s favorite things in the world. He will become putty (dough?) in my baker’s hands if I make him these!

  5. I have days where all I eat is the testing of all my recipes and then a huge bowl of popcorn at night. i just really like popcorn! But I know the feeling all too well of not eating real meals all day and just testing my recipes. I don’t think i’d be able to give ANY of these bars away! They look so gooey, soft, and melt-in-your-mouth rich. I LOVE cookies and cheesecake together :)

    • Gosh, it’s the best and the worst! I get to the end of the day and realize all I’ve eaten is… cookie dough…cookies ….bars.. It happens, I guess. :)

      • How do you know exactly what I do when I bake? ie: intending to give some away, evening out the rows, or NOT eating any real food all day! I’ve done it all! So bad…
        I have only just started reading your blogs. Love the way you express yourself. I think that I’ll be visiting more often. My husband thinks that I’m addicted to Pinterest and that I spent too much time on my phone looking. But, it just might improve my day, lol!!

  6. Sharing would definitely be difficult!

  7. asfd;lkjqewrpoiuvcxz That was my face hitting my keyboard.. I want these so bad!

  8. These look ridiculously delicious. And now I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to stop thinking about them until I make them, so I guess I better get on that.

  9. So I know I’ve been on Pinch of Yum before, but this is the first time I’ve really stalked…errr…investigated more deeply…your site. I am seriously excited right now. The food and pictures are great, but the way you share your heart, your passion for the kids you work with, your love for your family and for Jesus…that’s my favorite part! Also, I don’t know if this was just a random ad for Radical on your site or if it’s something you intentionally put up, but our church is going through the book together right now and it is life changing. Pardon my gushing…I just feel like I found a kindred spirit in this great big internet world.

    • Thank you so much Courtney! That’s so sweet and encouraging. I actually put the Radical badge on the sidebar after I read the book. It really impacted and challenged me and definitely played a role in our decision to come to the Philippines. :) Kindred spirits unite!

  10. Where to even begin…the cheesecake, the choc chip cookie, the peanut butter factor, that it’s all rolled into bars, oh, so much amazingness going on, Lindsay!

  11. Hoooollyyyyyyyyy. Like, why is my face not WRAPPED AROUND 13 of them right now?

  12. What a delicious bar! You should link it up in the #BYOPBRownies (or bars) party I and three other bloggers are hosting today!

  13. You rock my world. These sound awesome!

  14. Wow! I should probably make those for my kids. Yea, for the kids…

  15. Whoooa, hello there yummy PB & C cheesecake bars! I’d eat these straight out of the pan…maybe with a fork, maybe not but they’d meet and greet my mouth before they could tell what hit them. Very nice!

  16. Oh my goodness!!! Question – how can you bake with it being so hot in the Philippines???

  17. Holy sin fullness! I need one of these right now.

  18. Oh my God, I have so been there. A applaud your courage to actually tell people though- I normally wash the pan and put it back as though it was never used. and peanut butter cheesecake bars!? (swoon!)

  19. your PS. was fantastic.

  20. I’m mostly a lurker on your blog but I just drooled a little on my keyboard after looking at this post. I’m tempted to lick my computer screen. Lindsay, you are amazing!

  21. I would gladly put these in my mouth!

  22. WOWowowow! These look incredible! I am going to make them this weekend for Canadian Thanksgiving! So excited!
    Love your pics by the way – I need to learn a few camera tricks myself to help my site and show off my baking adventures just as well as you do!

  23. Susan Boyd says:

    My mouth is watering!

  24. These look wonderful. I would have eaten the whole pan too. Somehow having a food blog obligates you to cook great food then eat way too much of it too…or is that just me? I have a half a can of pumpkin puree that I need to use and wonder if these beauties might like to be pumpkin-chocolate cheesecake bars? I think I might find out tomorrow!

  25. I think I just melted inside. I cannot get over how amazing these look. And you’re right, I doubt I would eat this with a fork. I mean come on, might not even get a plate it’d be gone so fast!

  26. I would never share any of these! I think I’d even keep the pan under the bed and sneak them out when no one’s around!

  27. These are pretty much all my favourite things in a beautiful chocolatey package. You are the best Lindsay!

  28. Dear god these look incredible!

  29. YUM! Looks so good!!! I quickly skimmed through the ingredients list and determined that I have everything at hand..yaaay..MUST. TRY. NOW.!! :)

  30. Oh boy those look great! Can’t wait to make them!

  31. I’m off to the store now to buy cream cheese…

  32. I’ll be sure I’m surrounded by people when I make these… thanks for the heads up! lol :)

  33. Seriously?!! You didnt need to post this today! I might have licked the computer screen just now… All day I have been waiting to come home to get a chocolate chip cookie out of the freezer and savor eating it. Alas, I get home and there are NO cookies left. Then I look at the computer and see this! I better get busy!!

    • Ok, time for an update. I made them and they are soooo good and they are still warm. I anticipate they will be much better when they are firmed up. (I like my chocolate chip cookies straight out of the freezer)

  34. I’m stuck in my cube at work, and this just brightened my day. MAKING THESE ASAP.

  35. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies says:

    You’re funny! But I seriously relate… I’m big on the I’ll-just-even-out-this-row school of thought. These look delish!!

  36. I’m loving all of the layers in these bars. I bet they are unreal!

  37. Omigosh is right!! These look absolutely fantabulous.

  38. So gooey and decadent!!

  39. What a gorgeous bar tower! I bet it is one of the tastiest dessert I’ve ever seen. Must to try it!

  40. me oh my. absolutely perfect. seriously, all the best things in 1 bar here! delightful!

  41. Now to do them gluten free. Yummmmm.

  42. Wow…these look amazing! I’m going to have to try to veganize them. 😉

  43. Livinglovely says:

    Made these last night. They turned out well two notes: use cooking spray and maybe a little flour on the bottom of the pan. Also, cream the cream cheese and sugar together before adding the egg and vanilla. Otherwise very tasty!

  44. You’ve convinced me that I need these in my life, and I wouldn’t mind taking down half the pan all by my lonesome.

  45. Thanks. I’m at my desk at work when my significant other emails this recipe to me from home. I got excited thinking these would be waiting for me.

    Apparently the implication was that I would somehow find a way to leave early to come home and make these. Immediately.

    On my way, dear. On my way.

  46. These look absolutely amazing. Though, I am odd and probably the only person who dislikes oatmeals cookies, so would it completely ruin the integrity of these bars to leave out the rolled oats (if so then I wont change a thing!)
    Wasn’t sure if there were an added flavor/texture, or an intigral part of the recipe.
    Either way these look amazing, as does everything you make. Your blog is truely one that I love to read for the food and also for the stories of your time spent in the Philippines.

    • No, it’s just that I used my favorite cookie dough recipe which happens to have oatmeal in it. You could sub any other cookie dough recipe that you like with similar results. :)

    • I am not a huge fan of oatmeal cookies but you can’t actually taste them or feel them in this at all! I made the original and I loved it. I think the oats help the batter from getting too doughy? I would HIGHLY recommend using the original recipe and trying it first!

  47. Made these tonight. I am aHUGE FAN of them and WILL be makign them again. DELICIOUS!

  48. Washing out the empty pan and realizing you never really shared them – eek, something that happens to me all the time! If I made these I’m pretty sure that’s what would happen too – they look amazing!

  49. Made these the other day and used a mixture of biscoff and peanut butter instead of all peanut butter. So good!

  50. Joaquin Polin says:

    It is without a doubt the best cookie dough I have ever had. You just can’t stop eating it.

  51. These bars are exactly all that! Yummy, awesome, unforgettable. I think I’ll make some more right now!

  52. I am making these the 2nd time within a week. They Are fantastic. You can taste the peanut butter, cream cheese & chocolate chips; the flavors all blend together to make these extremely yummy bars. The 2nd go round I substituted finely chopped pecans for the oatmeal. Fabulous! I now have a new family & friends favorite, everyone keeps asking for more….

  53. Just made them and it’s currently cooling….I can’t wait to cut myself a piece :)

  54. Omg…..I just cut it…I ate three pieces whoa…..Amazing

  55. Ok, this looks to die for. Oh my goodness. I need these in my tummy right now!! Did they hold the consistency well? Sometimes I have a problem with that when I make bars. These look oh so amazing, and super thick!

  56. These were delicious. I found the recipe and my boyfriend made them for me :) I’m a lucky woman I know. Anyway my only complaint is that i told my sister-in-law i would put the recipe on Pinterest but i don’t see a link. If i’m wrong, I’m sorry, I’m in a hurry… Thanks again, a delicious treat!

  57. I had friends over and everyone was constantly asking what is it that i’m making. I said THE best cake in the world! Then I showed them pictures, and they pretty much drooled over my iPad. Bottom line, your pictures are amazing!! And the cookie bars were pretty much like heaven.

  58. Why is it every time I visit your web site, I find myself drooling uncontrollably? Yep, I’ll be making these. Just pinned them!

  59. Does the dough on the bottom get baked? The picture makes it appear like it is still raw?

    • The very bottom should be baked but as you move in towards the center it’s more of an under baked texture, especially because the moisture from the cheesecake layer kind of seeps into that bottom layer. I love soft, under baked cookies so I really like it that way but you can always try baking it a little longer if you think you’d like a fully baked version better. :)

  60. I love this recipe! I’ve tried many recipes from your blog – both savory and sweet – and this is by far my favorite. We’re talking I always make sure I have all the ingredients on hand just in case the craving for this salty, sweet, and creamy deliciousness hits. I never knew that the cheesecake flavor could go so well with the chocolate and peanut butter flavors. Thank you, Lindsay, for this recipe!

  61. I’m making these today! Since I know I’ll eat them all myself, is it ok to double the recipe & bake in a 9 x 13 pan? Then I’ll only eat 1/2 of them! : )

  62. Kathy Short says:

    😀 Very funny! I could relate (sadly) to everything you said! Can’t wait to try the recipe!

  63. Hi Lindsay! I just wanted to let you know HOW MUCH I love your recipes. I made your creamy alfredo sauce (which was to die for- I did a whole video on my Youtube channel) and I made these bars for an outing. It was hard to keep them from finishing they were so good. By far one of the best desserts I have EVER made. Yum.

  64. I made these and they were fantastic! Definitely has the peanut butter flavour & so easy and delicious. Thanks! I posted the recipe on my blog :)

  65. Lori Rogers says:

    So, within two days of finding the recipe, I currently have them in the oven. Cheesecake layer is taking a while to firm up, but they are making my home smell delicious! I’m the only one home right – These could be dangerous to my waist, lol!!

  66. These could be one of the most dangerous recipes I’ve tried in a while. I will have to take them to my granddaughter immediately. Though I have been known to eat and drive.

  67. Susan Clark says:

    Just saw the recipe for the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars and can’t wait to try them, but I’m not sure if the amount of brown sugar is 1/2 or 1/3 cup. Please help me so I can hurry and make these!!

  68. can I use a 7.5 ounce cookie mix for the dry ingredients?

  69. Raymond W says:

    made these last night for a baby shower at my work. They are ridiculously good. I doubled the recipe and put it in a 9 by 13ish casserole dish. The portion I set aside because they didn’t “cut into good looking squares” is already gone. I’m glad I’m giving these away, way too dangerous.

  70. Hi! Do you think I could freeze them for a couple days and they would still be fresh? Not sure how the cheesecake bits would do…basically these look delicious and I want to try making them RIGHT NOW but the party I’m making them for is Sunday. No way they’ll last til then out in the open..I’d eat them all! 😉

  71. Does it make a 9X13 pan of bars?

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